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Nutritionist recommends these dishes to help you fight colds or flu

Foods That Help Combat Flu or Coldness Every year, Americans suffer from about 1 billion colds and up to 20 percent of them get flu, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fox News "Dr. Manny Alvarez sits down with nutritionist Frances Largeman-Roth to go over the best foods and dishes that can help fight that ugly cold or flu this year. You got your flu shot, washed Your hands are crazy and trying to get enough sleep, but you were still sick. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you are far from alone. About 5 to 20 percent of the United States population will come down with the flu in years, with thousands who require hospitalization. Those who have the luck of avoiding the flu may not avoid the cold. CDC said most will recover from a cold within 7-1 0 days, but it is still the main reason that the children live home from school and adults call out of work. Feel better faster with my natural foods. Chicken soup for what's yours From Eastern European Matzahballs Soup to Portugal's Caldo Verde, each culture has a version of chicken soup. And for good reason. Hot chicken broth helps break up mucus and reduce airway inflammation. Mexico's response to this cold weather is Tortilla Chilli Soup. It contains jalapeno paprika, which helps open sinuses, antioxidant rich coriander and vitamin C rich lime juice. You can try my light version here. Immune-Boosting Bowl Probiotics has…

You got your flu shot, washed Your hands are crazy and trying to get enough sleep, but you were still sick. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you are far from alone. About 5 to 20 percent of the United States population will come down with the flu in years, with thousands who require hospitalization.

Those who have the luck of avoiding the flu may not avoid the cold. CDC said most will recover from a cold within 7-1

0 days, but it is still the main reason that the children live home from school and adults call out of work.

Feel better faster with my natural foods.

Chicken soup for what’s yours

From Eastern European Matzahballs Soup to Portugal’s Caldo Verde, each culture has a version of chicken soup. And for good reason. Hot chicken broth helps break up mucus and reduce airway inflammation. Mexico’s response to this cold weather is Tortilla Chilli Soup. It contains jalapeno paprika, which helps open sinuses, antioxidant rich coriander and vitamin C rich lime juice. You can try my light version here.

Immune-Boosting Bowl

Probiotics has been a big buzzword in recent years. A healthy balance between good bacteria in the body improves digestion and can help regulate weight and ward off a range of health problems.

When I feel kidding or when I’m trying to bounce after a cold, I’m doing this Gut Health Grain Bowl. You can use brown rice, quinoa or another whole grain as a base. Then cook with kimchi, spirits, pistachios, mushrooms and fried eggs.

Kimchi is a gingerbread with onion, ginger and garlic, and it is a great source of probiotics, beneficial bacteria, which helps to increase gut health. A healthy intestine is your first war of war against getting sick. The pistachios provide prebiotic fiber for the healthy bugs to enjoy. The fungus offers vitamin D, which is important for a healthy immune system. I like to put a fried egg on top to increase the protein, plus several other essential nutrients, but if you do not know it, you can always leave it.

With or without a Splash of Whiskey

When all else fails and you are dealing with a nasty cold or flu, a soothing hot toddy can help you get right. My prescription contains Manuka honey, which is higher in antibacterial compounds than regular honey. I brew a cup of puerhte, which is fermented and contains higher levels of antioxidants than green tea. I also add fresh lemon juice and a splash of whiskey, which temporarily numb the throat.

What can I do to not get sick?

Vitamin C

This antioxidant vitamin can not help prevent you from becoming ill, but studies show that it can help shorten the length of your cold at about one day. It may not seem like much, but most want to return to our normal activities after a few days resting on the couch.

Citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C and help you keep hydrated. If you do not feel peeling and eating an orange or grapefruit, choose 100% orange juice.

Bone Broth

Beanberry alternatives have spread over the last few years and you can find it pretty much anywhere. When you do not have the energy to make chicken soup, it’s easy to heat a bowl or a mold of bone broth. It gives the same benefits as chicken breast while giving you a protein boost (about 9 grams per cup), which is good when you are ill and do not have much appetite.

Tea

Hydration with hot fluids is very beneficial when you are ill. It is soothing and hydration. Any plant that does not contain caffeine will do. I like especially peppermint, rooibos (red tea) and liquorice tea.

Here is a healthy winter, but at least you have some tools in your pocket when the sniffs inevitably hit.

Frances is a best-selling author, nutrition and wellness expert and a sought after spokesman. She also provides personal nutrition advice through her HealthyHousecall program.

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