3 Foods to Eat to Prevent the Cold & Flu

Have you ever considered whether there is a relationship between the foods you eat, your immune system, and your ability to fight off seasonal bugs? Are you aware of nature’s miracle workers that help prevent the cold and flu? How about the foods you can eat to help you recover quickly from a cold or flu?

In this 3-minute clinic, we discuss the top 3 foods you can eat to help prevent the cold and flu. We also talk about natural remedies to consider to speed up your recovery time if you come down with the cold or flu.

“Welcome to the three minute clinic on how to prevent the common cold, and common flu. Now let me review with you the single most important thing I need you to know. The single most important thing you need to know is that it is your immune system, immune power, yes immune power is the key—your immune system, your ability to fight infection, your defense mechanism. In other words, it’s like a team. A team has an offense and a defense, your immune system is your defense. And everybody that studies sports and knows how championships are won knows that championships are won through defense. So when you build your defense against illness, when you build your defense against viruses, when you build your defense against germs, that’s how you protect yourself and prevent the flu. And to build your defense, that means building your immune system. So we’re going to talk about today the three foods to eat to prevent the cold and flu. And, again we go back to stress—remember that emotional stress and nutritional stress are typically present when you catch he flu. We call it the over-stressed, under-nurtured syndrome, too much stress, not enough good nutrition. That’s how people get in trouble. But particularly if you know what not to eat—meaning stay away from eggs, and dairy, and sweets and flour, you’re going to do well. Now what do you do to boost your immune system? Obviously exercise, positive, thinking, meditation are key—but nutritionally there are three things I want you to know about what to do to prevent the flu. Number one, you need vitamin-C rich foods. So typically, citrus fruits are the way to go. Fresh-squeezed orange juice, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, pineapples, tangerines, mangoes, that’s what we’re looking for. As a matter of fact, a lot of time moms will call me when their kids are sick, I’ll say go to the store, get a bunch of tangerines, get a couple of pink grapefruits—pink instead of white because the pink have more vitamin A—you want to have some pineapples, you want to have some mangoes and you eat to your hearts delight of citrus fruits. That’s number one. Number two, green leafy vegetables. Particularly romaine lettuce—romaine lettuce, again going back to Caesar’s days, romaine, romaine, romaine! So romaine lettuce is very important, and other green leaf vegetables like broccoli and cucumber and celery are very important in the daily diet to help prevent the flu. And the third thing is what we call a “green drink”. We see these things, wheatgrass juice, spirulina, you go to the health food store they have a green drink, they have a green combination of smoothies—that’s what you can take every day. During this winter season I want you to have citrus fruits, I want you to have green leaf vegetables and I want you to have a daily green drink. Now the other thing is, what happens when you get the flu? Well, I want to go into what we call a cleansing diet—which is mostly fruits and vegetables. But there are two or three remedies I want you to know about. The first remedy for treating and overcoming the flu is what we call the red zinger recipe, the Meltzer red zinger recipe. What you do is you get red zinger herbal tea. Sometimes when you go to the store they may not have the red zinger, you might have to get a lemon zinger or acai zinger, or raspberry zinger…but zinger is the key! Because zinger is rich in vitamin A—which is the key, and vitamin C. So you take your red zinger tea—for every cup of tea you take one tea bag, and in that tea you squeeze the juice of half a lemon, you put a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar, Bragg’s apple cider vinegar. Now those of you that are congested with a sinus problems of the flu, inhale the apple cider vinegar like a smelling salt. You could probably get three or four inhalations before you feel that it is too strong. But, you take your herbal tea, your red zinger, put some lemon in it, your apple cider vinegar, you put a little bit of a pinch of cayenne and a teaspoon of honey. Now that remedy, taken every three hours or so will help you get through the flu, and help you clean out the flem and the mucus. In addition to that, there are a couple herbal antibiotics you might consider. One is Echinacea with golden seal, and that’s typically more effective against bacteria. And then there’s astragalus, a Chinese herb that comes in tincture form—so you can take 20-30 drops, three to four times a day-that has an anti-viral power. In addition to that, glutathione, 50 milligrams twice a day is anti-viral, and as we talked about earlier, vitamin C. So in summary, yes you are the most important factor in preventing the flu. Your immune system is the most important factor in preventing the flu. And the foods that I want you to eat during the flu season to boast your immune system and to build you up are vitamin C-rich citrus fruits, I want you to eat green leafy vegetables-particularly romaine lettuce and broccoli, and let me advocate that you have a green drink everyday. Make time for wellness, make time to eat the right foods, and make time to prevent the flu.”

  • By Mamie, December 22, 2011 @ 6:36 am

    I did not know what the “zynger” stood for, thanks for informing us!

  • By Jason Gill, December 22, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    I think there are so many factors to staying healthy… food is an important part of course, but so is sleep. It lowers your stress level, and boosts your immune system as well.

  • By Andrea Dolan, December 22, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    Did the romain lettuce really come from ancient Rome??

  • By David Williams, December 22, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    I wish more people would think about how to prevent the flu instead of treating their symptoms with a whole bunch of drugs after the fact. That is just a band-aid solution.

  • By Mildred Gilbert, December 22, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    As a mother of 3 my goal is to have my children eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables everyday. And they love it! It does not have to be a battle!

  • By Heidi Hofschulz, December 22, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    Thanks for posting, I am enjoying watching the videos! (more relaxing than reading!)

  • By Fmrbdctm, December 22, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    I think all of the things you mentioned are important, but it was quite a lot of information all at once.

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