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Flu Fighters

 


Article Posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi, January 17th, 2013

 

 

flu Unless you have been living under a rock you may have heard there is flu epidemic happening. For many, that means a rush to get that flu shot, ,washing our hands until our skin is cracked and digging the multi vitamin from the back of the cabinet. Don’t forget to add food as a first line of defense.

 

There are many things you can add into your diet to pump up the flu fighting nutrients, and fruits and veggies top the list.. But because my readers already consume their greens, I will share some of the other top immunity boosters to consider.

 

  • Garlic. Stink out the germs with this potent super food. Garlic contains allicin, an antimicrobial that studies have shown to reduce colds by 46 percent. Use at least 2 cloves of fresh garlic a day. Try roasting it for a sweet treat.

  • Cinnamon. Another antiviral, antibacterial agent. Mix it with honey and hot water for a soothing cold buster.

  • Yogurt. Over 90% of your immune system is in your gut so keep those healthy gut bacteria active so you can keep fighting those disease-causing germs. One serving a day will enhance your immunity. Make sure it is labeled “live and active cultures” for maximum benefit.

  • Salmon. For a healthy dose of Vitamin D shoot for at least 3 serving of wild caught salmon a week. Those with low levels of Vitamin D are more likely to report respiritory infections. Many of us have low levels due to the lack of sun in the winter months.

  • Chicken Soup. Yep, this old standby is a flu busting must. It has everything you need to feel better fast. The broth thins mucus secretions, the noodles give you energy boosting carbs, and chicken provides muscle-maintaining protein to maintain your strength. Add veggies and boost the nutrients even more.

Here is a Simple Crockpot recipe

 

Ingredients:

3 carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks

1 large onion, quartered

3 stalks celery, cut into large chunks

3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves

2 to 3 soup cans of water
 and 2 cans chicken broth

2 Tablespoons dried dill

2 Tablespoons dried parsley

2 cloves of minced garlic

8-oUnce package egg noodles

Directions:

1. Put carrots, onion, and celery and garlic into crock-pot.

2. Add the chicken, then pour in the broth and water. Sprinkle parsley and dill on top.

3. Cover and cook on low 6 - 8 hours.

3. Remove chicken and vegetables from crock-pot, add noodles and turn to high.

4. Dice the chicken and vegetables.

5. Return vegetables and chicken to the crock-pot for an additional 20 minutes.


I’m not going down without a fight this flu season. What is your best flu fighting secret?

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
www.themissionofnutrition.com
Ph: 503 621 7549
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