Winter health tips: 5 everyday foods to prevent colds and flu

Winter is upon us and the sudden pinch in the air surely brings a respite from the scorching heat and humidity. But it also brings several seasonal illnesses, including coughs, colds and fever. This means that people with weakened immune systems face the wrath of the seasonal flu, which often comes without warning. Therefore, experts advise everyone to be well prepared to face it wisely. And one of the first steps towards that is to build immunity naturally. How, you ask? A healthy lifestyle with a nutritious and well-balanced diet is considered the easiest way to speed up the process. According to Dr. Richard Seidman, chief medical officer of the LA Care Health Plan, “There is a lot of evidence that shows that a healthy diet can dramatically improve our overall health.” If you’re wondering what to include in your immune regimen to fight a cold, then we’ve got some easy, accessible ideas for you. We will take a look.

Also read: Increasing Vitamin C Dose May Help Reduce Cold and Flu Suffering

Foods to Prevent Flu: 5 Daily Food Options to Boost Immunity:


Winter brings in seasonal fruit in abundance – orange being one of the most popular fruits of the lot. It is loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants that help us build immunity and nourish us from the inside out.

Masala tea:

Winter and kadak chai go hand in hand. Chai (with or without milk) infused with whole spices – cloves, cinnamon and more – adds several essential nutrients to our daily diet. It further helps promote immune health and prevent colds and flu.


Besides adding flavors and aromas to our meals, garlic is also a popular and nutrient-dense ingredient to add to our daily diet. It’s packed with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can help fight infections and several seasonal health issues.


Turmeric is enriched with curcumin which is packed with benefits. It also includes antioxidant, antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties that help you nourish you from the inside out, support gut health, boost immunity, and more.


Several experts suggest that honey could help provide instant relief if you have a severe cough and cold. Pair honey with ginger extract for an immediate soothing effect.

Fill up on these everyday foods and enjoy a healthy winter season. But always remember that moderation is the key!

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