To prevent those spring colds you should increase your intake of vitamin C! Also foods high in zinc like seafood/ seaweed can be a great immunity stimulant! Avoiding dairy,grains and sugar is also important too for preventing mucous build up that can trigger an impending virus from taking hold. When I know I am on the verge of getting a cold what usually does me in is eating something sugary like a piece of chocolate (this just happened this week).Fortunately I can usually get rid of a cold in 2 days if I really rest and watch my diet.
Hot soups and hot teas are great keeping the phlegm at bay. Especially if you can add ginger, turmeric, and other spices to help clear out the lungs/sinuses. It is also helpful if you can try to do some light exercise to sweat out the pathogen and increase your immunity when you are starting to get sick.
Vitamin C blaster smoothie:
2 peeled mandarin oranges
1 lemon with peel
1 grapefruit peeled
juice of 1-2 limes
handful of cherry tomatoes
2-3″ fresh ginger
1/2-1 teaspoon of turmeric powder (or small chunk of fresh)
1-2 packets of stevia (optional)
3 cups water
*Make sure you drink this smoothie at room temperature if you want to prevent and fight a cold! Eating/drinking too many cold foods can increase your mucous! Even better would be to have a cup of tea or soup with your smoothie!
* Cheers to good health!
This recipe can also be seen here http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2014/04/24/whole-food-fridays-4-25-2014/ along with many other fabulous whole food recipes.