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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.”

Pineapple: Personality Plus

Making a point to eat fresh, whole, living fruit on a daily basis is one of the cornerstones to creating nutritional balance and staying strong, energized, and balanced–mentally, physically, and immunologically.  In the last couple weeks we talked about the nutritional, therapeutic, and emotional value of The King of Citrus & The Queen of Citrus.  This week we’re going to focus on the pineapple, and how it can play an important role in revitalizing your mind, healing the body, and boosting your mood.  Let’s take a closer look.

Notable Personality Factors:

Native to South America and a staple of Hawaiian and other South Pacific cuisines, the pineapple has a playful effect on moods. It’s a vibrant, jubilant fruit, capable of creating upbeat, cheerful food swings. Like a tropical vacation, pineapples have a way of rejuvenating the mind and body.

Therapeutic and Healing Powers:***

While the pineapple isn’t technically a citrus fruit, I like to consider it a close relative.  Why is that? When you take a look at the nutritional profile and therapeutic value–not to mention the fact that it combines well with other citrus fruits–there are all kinds of similarities.

For example, like all citrus fruits, pineapples act as a powerful cleanser of the bloodstream.  They are rich in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that fight off accelerated aging and degenerative illness such as cancer, and are also loaded with phytonutrients that strengthen the immune system and increase your resistance to disease.  In addition, pineapples are very effective in loosening up excess mucus that put you at increased risk for the cold, the flu, and upper respiratory infections–just like oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits!

In addition to all of these health benefits, the pineapple has a secret weapon that distinguishes it amongst the other “citrus fruits” in the plant kingdom.  More specifically, the pineapple is uniquely endowed with a miracle phytonutrient called bromelain.  Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme complex of the fruit, which resembles the enzymes in the sap of fig and papaya trees. I mention this because in the same way sap heals a tree, so, too, does bromelain heal the body!

In addition to treating indigestion and aiding in the breakdown of protein, bromelain has the notable ability to mend sports injuries, ease arthritic pain, and reduce inflammation in the body. In fact, bromelain is prescribed by plastic and general surgeons, post-operatively, to reduce swelling of tissues and to prevent edema. It’s used to inhibit blood platelet aggregation and accelerate wound healing.

I’ve also found that pineapple encourages an increase in hemoglobin and can be a valuable fruit for anyone suffering from anemia.

Nutrient Value:

While bromelain may be what sets the pineapple apart from other citrus fruits, it’s important to note that pineapples also contain significant amounts of vitamins C and B1.  Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects your body from damaging free-radicals and vitamin B1 is an important nutrient that supports cellular metabolism and energy production. Pineapples are also a great source of manganese, which has antioxidant properties and also plays an important role in supporting a healthy metabolism

Selection and Care:

Fragrance is the key to determining freshness: A sweet aroma indicates that the fruit is mature. Look for bright green tops, securely attached crowns, and choose the deepest yellow-orange pineapples. Try to pull out one of the spines–if the pineapple is ripe, it will come out easily. The fruit should feel dry and heavy for its size, and should be free of dark, decayed spots.

Optimal Use and Combining:

Like all fruits, it’s best to consume pineapples and pineapple juice fresh and raw.  Serve pineapple fresh with other citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits. In addition, pineapple with strawberry and banana, pineapple with pink grapefruit and banana, or pineapple with papaya and banana all make excellent fruit salads. Keep in mind, however, that pineapple does not combine well with melons or grapes.  Finally, give granola a jolt with pineapple chunks.

***This article is not intended to treat or diagnose any type of health condition or disease. Any nutritional considerations for any health complication should be discussed with your physician or healthcare provider.

3 Foods to Avoid to Prevent the Cold & Flu

In the first part of our series on the Cold & Flu, we discussed the big picture on what causes the Cold & Flu and how you can prevent them. In today’s video, we’re going to take a look at some specific strategies you can use to prevent the Cold & Flu, particularly as it applies to your nutrition.

Have you ever considered whether there is a relationship between the food you eat and your risk for coming down with the common cold, the seasonal flu, or an upper respiratory infection? How about your ability to recover from the cold and flu? Are there certain foods that make it more difficult for your body to get back to a state of balance, health, and wellbeing?

In this 3-minute clinic we outline the 3 foods to avoid—particularly around the change of the seasons—that can compromise your immune system and upper respiratory system and put you at increased risk for the cold and flu.

For additional strategies, check out our video on 3 Foods to Eat to Prevent the Cold & Flu!

“Welcome to the 3 minute clinic, and today we are going to continue to talk about how to prevent the cold, the common cold during the winter season, and the flu. That’s right, we are going to talk about what you can do and how to empower yourself so that you don’t get sick this season. So that when Christmas comes, or the holidays come, you’re having fun, you’re enjoying your family, you’re enjoying your friends, and you’re not stuck socially in the bed, “oh I can’t go out, and I don’t feel well” and the headaches and the backaches and the sore throats. So that’s what we’re going to talk about now. Because most folks are going to talk about catching the flu, it’s going around the office, it’s going around the nursery, its going around the school, and they’re catching it. They’re suffering with it. That’s what’s going to happen, now here’s what you have to know. And what’s interesting to me is that many physicians don’t know what I’m going to tell you right now. I’m going to tell you a secret that unfortunately most physicians don’t know. Now the number one risk factor, the number one risk factor of getting colds and flues is nutritional stress. That’s right! What happens you see, is what we call the over-stressed, under-nurtured syndrome. People are under high levels of stress. So when you have too much stress, which most people have, but when you under-nurture yourself or eat the wrong foods, that sets you up to tilt. That’s what the flu is. That’s what the common cold is. You tilt! You see, your body has an overload and it has to rest and repair itself. So here’s what you want to know, nutritional stress is the single most important factor in developing the flu. Now here’s how I look at it, you know I like my patients to do well, and I don’t like my patients to beat themselves. And so what’s the most important thing here? Those of you who follow sports know that turnovers make the difference. The team that makes the most turnovers, unfortunately is the team that loses. When you eat the wrong foods, to me that’s a nutritional turnover. Now here’s the thing you have to know, the most important thing from this lesson today is you have to know what not to eat. You see, knowing what not to eat is the most important thing in preventing the flu. There are three categories of foods that you must know that you want to stay away from. The number one food that contributes to the flu is eggs. It’s amazing to me that mothers continue to give their kids eggs. You know, seven to eight out of every ten visits to pediatricians are for upper-respiratory troubles. Sore throat, ear aches, sinus infections, flues, bronchitis, laryngitis—isn’t it interesting that most of their practice is upper-respiratory infections. And yet, do they realize that eggs are the number one thing that contributes to these problems? The second most common food group is dairy products / milk products. Cheese, milk, yogurt, sour cream, mayonnaise, that’s what we’re talking about. And the third category of foods have to do with sugars, artificial sugars meaning desserts, and cookies, and unnatural sweets, and refined white flour. The white rice, the white bread, the white pasta, the white foods. So here’s what I want you to remember, to prevent the flu you must know what not to eat. And the three categories of foods you want to stay away from during this winter flu season when everything’s going around, and everybody’s catching the flu are eggs, dairy products, artificial sweets and white, refined flour. So that’s the tip for today, make time for wellness, know what not to eat and make time to prevent the flu.”