Influenza virus usually stimulates excessive mucus, thus you feel uncomfortable because it impedes your breathing. So that your cough doesn't get worse, avoid food that can produce mucus, like milk and its derivative products, such as ice cream, yogurt and cheese.
Others that can also increase the production of mucus are egg, fried food, red meat, and anything that contains excessive sugar or salt.
Conversely, there're certain foods that can overcome cough, sore throat or runny nose. Whatever the type of food generally rich in vitamin serves as an immune system booster.
Well, here're some types of food, fruit, vegetable and spice that can be used when you get cough or flu.
Apricot is rich in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a vitamin acting as a powerful antioxidant that can protect you from infection, also strengthens the immune system.
Nutrients contained in broccoli enhance your body immunity. Adding the broccoli in your daily diet is beneficial to your health. Broccoli is also rich in vitamin C that protects your body from flu and viral infection. Broccoli also contains beta-carotene that plays a role in disease prevention. Dark green vegetable is good iron. Iron is needed to support the production of white blood cell and antibody.
Cabbage, either green or red, is rich in antioxidant, beta-carotene, vitamins C and E. These nutrient components help strengthen the immune system.
Carrot contains beta-carotene. In the body, beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A that has the potential as an antioxidant.
Cinnamon contains eugenol, a component of phytonutrient acting as antiseptic and pain reliever. Its decongestant is also useful in reducing nasal congestion due to cold. Cinnamon can be added to the food or mixed with warm water.
Sulfur in garlic keeps your blood healthy and able to fight bacteria, also gets rid of virus. Garlic serves as a protective device in the respiratory system, also helps reduce the formation of mucus.
This spice gives a warm feeling to the body. Ginger mixed with warm water can help relieve coughs. Expectorant effect of ginger removes phlegm and relieves nasal congestion.
The combination of lemon and honey is useful to overcome coughs. Honey also has an anti-inflammatory component that can overcome sore throat.
Orange is fruit that has high antioxidant and phytonutrient that can fight viral infection. Flavonoid in orange, a type of antioxidant, synergizing with vitamin C enhances the body's protection against free radical attacks.
Dark green lettuce contains a number of good nutrients. In general, lettuce contains beta-carotene, folic acid and vitamin C.
Since a long time ago, lime is often used as alternative cough medicine mixed with soy sauce. Lime contains vitamin C good for immune system. Lime also contains natural antiseptics that can overcome sore throat.
This fruit is rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C that can be an option to improve the body's defense system and protect against cell damage.
Onion contains phytonutrients acting as a natural antibiotic. Serve in the form of salad or soup to provide optimal benefits.
All of the above ingredients are easily found in traditional market. Why don't you try it first instead of having to buy drugs at the pharmacy?