Amazing Flu Fighters
On this monsoon season in the tropics, strengthening the immune system is a top priority especially, as the flu and viral infections become easy companions during travels.
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 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, Vitamin C, and are great for the build-up of 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 great 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 the blood circulation during a headache. Just add it in your food so you can easily expel the flu.
Dark-Leafy Vegetables contain calcium, magnesium, and alkaline, which strengthens the bones and adds resistance.
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.
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 in boosting your immunity. Grab a bag of these Vitamin C goodies the next time you’re browsing the Public Market.
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 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 that you go to.
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. Better if they are stewed, steamed and boiled so their nutrients and enzymes are retained.