You may crave them when you're sick, but comfort food -- often packed with gluten, soy, and dairy -- can actually stress the immune system, diverting its resources when it should be focused on fighting an infection. Instead, go for an antioxidant-rich smoothie or a salad topped with a protein.
Staying hydrated is key -- but while we were all taught to guzzle the OJ, you're better off with water. Not only is orange juice loaded with sugar, but citrus has also been shown to stress the immune system. If you're bored with water, opt for coconut water for minerals, peppermint tea to open the sinuses, or ginger tea to soothe an upset stomach. Skip the orange juice and take a vitamin C supplement to avoid the added sugar and the citrus.
Raw, unfiltered honey is known to have antibiotic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and immunity-stimulating properties, and it tastes great. Use honey on a regular basis to stay healthy: Add it to teas, yogurt, or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or use it more aggressively if you feel like you're coming down with something. Try a strong pot of ginger tea -- add a heaping spoonful of honey and the juice of half a lemon.
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