Well, hello there Philippine bloggers and fellow online readers. Monsoon season has finally arrived in the Philippines and during this season, Influenza is the imminent enemy of every Filipino out there. Worried? Thought you might be. Well, apparently, studies show that there is a way to prevent us from influenza or the flu that is caused by the change of season. Clue, it has something to do with the foods that you eat.
You might have guessed it right because here are some of the foods that can help you prevent from influenza.
Fresh Garlic. Garlics contain an antimicrobial property named phytochemical allicin. This allows our body to fight back against viruses like influenza. Try to incorporate fresh garlic in your daily food consumption.
Decaf Tea. Green tea, Oolong and black tea are decaf teas that contain a powerful antioxidant called quercetin, and an amino acid found only in tea L-theanine. These naturally occurring compounds help reduce the risk of flu.
Yogurt. The beneficial bacteria, everyone knows about, called probiotics are found in yogurt and other fermented foods. These compounds help strengthen the immune system.
Tomatoes and Citrus Fruits. Did you know that tomatoes are related to other citrus foods? Well, yes, that is true. Whether you believe it or not. Tomatoes and citrus fruits contain Vitamin C that boosts the body’s defense system naturally. A medium tomato provides 40% of your daily Vitamin C. Tomato all the way! Hurray!
Sweet Potato and Carrots. Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene that is instrumental in the development of the immune system cells and helps neutralize other harmful toxins.
Spices. They may be nasty, but their natural antioxidants are surely a big help in preventing influenza and spices also help the function of our immune system.
Chicken Soup. Researchers have found out that soup can help prevent and can ward off viruses. Theory says that hot soup can raise the temperature of the nose and throat, which creates an uncomfortable environment for viruses who thrives in cool and dry places. So, take more of those Tinolang Manok and other soup to ward off those unwanted viruses.
So there you go, bloggers and readers. During the rainy season it is best to come prepared not just materially but also physically. Stay healthy and try to keep out of influenza. Till next time!