How Some Foods Can Help You Fight the Flu This Season

Did you know that some foods can boost your immune system and keep you healthy?

Nutritionist Joy Bauer shared her tips with Inside Edition as well as mom Jackie Kiefer and her two kids, who have already gotten sick this season.  

“There are certain foods that contain key compounds that can not only help to ward off colds and flu but also can help to minimize some of the lousy symptoms [like] the watery eyes, a scratchy throat, a stuffed nose,” Bauer said. 

When it comes to vitamin C, everyone thinks of oranges, but Bauer says there’s something even better. 

“Guavas are actually busting with more vitamin C than almost any other fruit and they’re delicious,” she said. “Vitamin C is important because it not only boosts your immune system but studies have shown that by taking in ample amounts of food rich in vitamin C, just like guava, you can shorten the duration and severity of a cold.” 

Pink grapefruits are also a so-called super fruit and are full of both vitamin C and beta carotene, another immunity booster. 

For a frozen treat, Bauer recommends combining pink grapefruit juice, guava juice, carrot juice, orange juice mixed with honey, a squeeze of lime and some ground ginger, and pouring it into ice pop molds.

But for those who prefer savory foods, there are some tasty snacks as well, like carrots, another great source of beta carotene.

“You can dip it in hummus; you can put it in your chicken noodle soup. There are so many things you can do with carrots. I like to make carrot fries,” Bauer added. 

Meanwhile, mushrooms contain antiviral compounds, but that’s not their only cold-busting property.

“When you’re feeling all stuffed up and out of sorts, mushrooms can help you ease inflammation and help you feel better,” Bauer said. 

And about that classic cold and flu remedy? 

“Grandma was definitely right about chicken soup because it’s warm and it’s a liquid, it’s very soothing on a sore throat. Also it helps to loosen up some of the mucus membranes so that it opens up your nostrils so we can breathe again,” Bauer said.

For more tips, check out Bauer’s book, “Joy’s Simple Food Remedies.” Read below for an excerpt:

Joy Book