What Should You Eat When You Have a Cold?

Prepare for cold and flu season by stocking up on these cold & flu fighting foods!

By Mehmet Oz | MD from Reader's Digest | January 2006

Q: I’ve got a cold or the flu. What can I eat to feel better fast?

A: Start with a bowl of Mom’s chicken soup. Research has yet to show how it works (and how the heck Ma knew), but we do know that a nutrient-rich diet builds your immune system and fights inflammation. This season, stock up on these healing foods:

  • Orange Juice Vitamin C may shorten the duration of your cold, helping you get back on your feet.
    By eating certain foods you immune system will start to build its strength again making you and your body feel better. By eating certain foods your immune system will start to build its strength again making you and your body feel better.
  • Oatmeal, bananas, fish, chicken, turkey They help maintain the health of organs that make infection-fighting white blood cells.
  • Apples, cranberries, tomato sauce These contain flavonoids, anti-inflammatory substances that can strengthen your immune system.

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