Indoor air breeds colds and coughs, but common-sense therapies -- like eating fruits and veggies -- are still the most effective way to keep germs at bay this winter.
Studies have shown that green tea, steeped 3 to 5 minutes, is the best food source of catechins, plant compounds that halt oxidative damage to cells. Flavor it with fresh, anti-inflammatory ginger and pomegranate for an extra nutrient punch.
It's no coincidence that you start craving comfort foods as the weather gets, well, chilly. Give heartier fare a healthy dose of prevention by regularly including immune-boosting ingredients like garlic, onions, miso paste, sea vegetables, and shiitake and maitake mushrooms (or try Immune Boosting Soup).
Our Citrus Salad with Cashews and Mint is bursting with vitamin C, and your body absorbs extra cold-fighting antioxidants from the combination of pink grapefruit (which also contains the phytochemical lycopene) and healthy fats such as those found in cashews.
Douse free radicals and repair and strengthen immune cells with a cascade of antioxidant- and nutrient-rich foods. Prepare a meal with any of these immune-boosting flu fighters: mushrooms, red bell pepper, sweet potatoes or pumpkin, garlic, Brazil nuts, whole grains, and beans.
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A steaming bowl of soup is comfort food in the purest sense -- and a worthy meal for anyone aiming to eat a little healthier.Get the Recipes