Natural Flu Fighters To Stay Healthy While Traveling

Cold and Flu Cure

Amazing Flu Fighters

Strengthening the immune system is a top priority during this monsoon season in the tropics, especially as the flu and viral infections become easy companions during travels.

A Mediterranean ensemble of dips including couscous with coriander and a dip with red bell pepper
A Mediterranean ensemble of dips, including couscous with coriander and a dip with red bell pepper

So when you’re out dining in restaurants, it is best to consume food and beverages that are rich in vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins B, C, and E, beta-carotene, fiber, zinc, and magnesium, which are known to be strong antioxidants, as well as a cure for respiratory tract infections.

Here are nourishing foods to look for on the restaurants’ menus:

Sweet Potatoes (with skin). These root crops are rich in fiber, potassium, and Vitamin C and are great for building strength and digestion. To add flavor to this hearty dish, sprinkle with thyme and extra virgin olive oil for a light and hearty dish.

Legumes, such as Lentils, Beans, and Peas, provide protein, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B, and iron. Studies show that they contain properties that lower the risk of coronary heart disease, cholesterol levels, triglyceride, and diabetes. Look this up when you visit Indian, Arabic, and Mediterranean restaurants.

Chili Peppers are excellent sources of Vitamin C and capsicum, a component that makes it spicy and thins the mucus. This has been proven to cure fever and improve blood circulation during headaches. Just add it to your food so you can quickly expel the flu.

A power meal of fresh arugula greens and stewed vegetables
A power meal of fresh arugula greens and stewed vegetables

Dark-Leafy Vegetables contain calcium, magnesium, and alkaline, strengthening the bones and adding resistance.

Batchoy with lots of garlic
Batchoy with lots of garlic

Garlic is a fantastic antioxidant to boost your immune system and relieve free radicals from your body. Order a bowl of Sopa de Ajo in your favorite Spanish restaurant.

Ginger
Ginger

Fresh Ginger is a common ingredient in Eastern healing for various diseases, including the flu. To boost your immunity, make sure to order a cup of Ginger Tea in the next restaurant you visit.

Citrus Fruits like Dalandan, Pomelo, and Calamansi help in protecting your cells, as well as boosting your immunity. Grab a bag of these Vitamin C goodies the next time you browse the Public Market.

White Tea
White Tea

White, Green, and Mint teas are flu fighters as well. The white and green teas are antioxidants, while mint is an expectorant that cures sore throat. It is a satisfying sinus reliever that you can drink as many as three times a day.

Coriander
Coriander

Coriander is a powerful herb traditionally used in Indian medicine to cure various diseases, including sinusitis, headache, and cough, and it is enriched with high properties of vitamin A, C, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin K, folic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, niacin, vitamin B6, phosphor and zinc. You could get this in a warm bowl of Coriander and Carrot Soup or in a number of meat dishes.

Moringa or Malunggay is an edible leaf that has achieved fame for its abundant nutrients, like Vitamin C, calcium, and iron. Opt for dishes with this green goody in the Filipino restaurants you go to.

Cold and Flu Cure
Cold and Flu Cure

If you do not find these nourishing foods, then it is just as great to fill up on onions, cinnamon, raw honey, and other fruits and vegetables. It is better if they are stewed, steamed, and boiled to retain their nutrients and enzymes.

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