Despite living in an era of advanced and rapidly growing medical technology, the common cold remains a problematic illness that plagues countless humans every year. Although it is for the most part not dangerous, this disease is seen as a nuisance because of its ability to hinder a person’s quality of life. While there is no cure for the common cold, measures can be taken in order to prevent its occurrence, as well as speed up an infected individual’s recovery time. In today’s post, we’ll primarily be concentrating on ways to relieve this debilitating disease through nutritional means.
Many of us are familiar with hearing that consumables rich in vitamin C or zinc are excellent in combatting the common cold. However, the actual research behind both of these nutrients reveals that they have an insignificant impact on the development of this illness. Only zinc shows any promise of possibly being effective against the common cold; and that is only if 75 milligrams of it is taken within the first 24 hours that symptoms begin to show. Even if this is done, it is speculated that consuming the mineral only reduces the duration of the common cold, and does not actually stop the disease from occurring.
Other than living a healthy lifestyle, there is no way to prevent the common cold from occurring once it begins to manifest itself in the body. There are however, many ways in which a person can lessen the symptoms caused by the illness. We here at Diabetv suggests that you incorporate consumables which have potent anti inflammatory effects and can be served as warm dishes. These two properties are effective in combating many of the symptoms caused by the common cold, such as a sore throat, runny nose, body pains and headaches. Also, if you are able to recognize any signs of this disease early on, foods rich in zinc may help lessen the intensity of the illness.
We recommend the following in order to combat the common cold:
Curcumin: a substance found in the spice turmeric which is used in many Indian recipes. Curcumin is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory consumables, and can easily be found either as a supplement or in a variety of foods. Best of all, it can be easily incorporated into warm dishes such as curry or soup.
Cayenne (hot) peppers: Not only do these vegetables have potent anti inflammatory effects, but their natural spicy flavor also helps decongest mucus. While these peppers can be enjoyed raw, they are best at fighting the common cold when incorporated into a warm meal.
Ginger: This pungent spice has powerful anti-inflammatory compounds known as gingerols. It can be easily added to many warm dishes.
Various fruits and vegetables: While it may be more difficult to incorporate fruits and vegetables into warm meals, their potent nutritional properties should not be ignored. Not only are most them excellent in reducing inflammation, but they also contain many vitamins and minerals that help boost your immune system.
Oyster: This shellfish is only good for combating the common cold if it is consumed in the early stages of the illness. This is due to oyster’s rich zinc content, which is thought to help reduced the duration of symptoms caused by this disease if taken early on.
Good nutrition involves not only eating certain foods, but avoid others as well. When sick with the common cold, make sure to avoid sugary or alcoholic drinks which will only further dehydrate you. Water and decaffeinated tea should be your primary choices when to comes to beverages. In general, expect to drink more liquids than usual due to being sick.
On a final note, please make sure to contact your doctor first if you plan to radically change your diet. We here at Diabetv can offer suggestions for your health, but only your primary physician will be able to asses your health and offer proper recommendations in regards to it.