If you have the flu, you’ll likely suffer a troublesome tummy along with a slew of other symptoms. However, eating a banana each day encourages mucus production, which lines the tummy and protects the digestive system from stomach acids. This is why we’re often encouraged to the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) diet following a lengthy sickness.
High in vitamin C and antioxidants to shorten the life of viral infections and strengthen immunity, these dark berries can be eaten raw (consume only the berries, the roots, leaves, and stem are toxic). You can also find elderberries in dried teas or supplement form.
The omega-3 prowess in salmon and other fatty fish gives the immunes system a much-needed kick-start in the face of the flu. Salmon is also high in zinc and selenium, antioxidants that eliminate viral infections and reduce inflammation.
Did you know that when your digestive tract isn’t healthy, fighting off illness is more difficult? However, eating yogurt containing healthy bacteria will promote healthy bacterial growth so you can fight off the flu and ease tummy and digestive upsets.
Green tea gets its share of kudos, but black and white teas are equally beneficial flu fighters. Brewing a cup will infuse your system with polyphenols, a plant antioxidant that reduces inflammation, lubricates mucus membranes, and frees up congested airways.