Keep the Common Cold Away

As the weather gradually shifts from warm to cold, another type of cold becomes prevalent. It turns out, one of the easiest ways to prevent getting sick is eating the right foods. 70% of our immune system lies within our digestive system. One key to a strong immune system, then, lies in the foods we put into our bodies. Prebiotic and probiotic are important terms to keep in mind.

Prebiotic 

Prebiotic foods contain complex sugars that help fuel the probiotics. Some common foods with great prebiotics include: asparagus, onions, beans, oats, quinoa and wheat.

Probiotic

Probiotics help fight off any unhealthy or diseased bacteria within our digestive system. Examples of probiotics are: yogurt, cheese, pickles, miso and soy sauce.

You can certainly get both in supplements, but getting key nutrients through real food is the healthiest way to ensure overall health. Even with these foods in your diet, there is still the possibility of getting sick. If you do come down with a cold, hydration is extremely important. Other food options such as broth based soups, hot teas and honey can help when you are under the weather!

 

Leave a Comment