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Top 15 Foods for Prevention and Cure of Cold

Sep 22, 2019

While thinking about illnesses which affect us most frequently, what comes to your mind? Did this suddenly remind you of a runny nose or a sore throat experienced at the turn of the last season? Common cold, a viral infection of the upper respiratory region, makes it to the top slot in the chart of most consistently affecting diseases contracted by humans, globally. As modern medicine is yet to find a cure for the common cold, the seven to ten days of suffering can leave our bodies drained of health and nutrition.

Foods have been used therapeutically throughout history. In traditional cultures all over the world, foods have been interwoven with medications. Hippocrates considered as the father of medicine, said ‘Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food’.

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The question is, “Can Cold be treated with Food?”

Traditionally, and scientifically, there are a number of foods that can help boost our immune system, thereby preventing the onset of allergies like the common cold. Here we have curated a list of some foods to cure cough and cold.

Best 15 Foods for fighting a cold
 

  1. Soups and Broths - Soups and broths provide our bodies with the required hydration during sickness. Chicken soup, in particular, is an excellent source of fluids and electrolytes. It is also rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins. A bowl of hot and steamy chicken soup can help decongest the nasal mucus. Soups and broths are an excellent way to stay hydrated.

  2. Hot teas - Teas, apart from being caffeine-free, are also helpful in soothing a sore throat and curing chest congestion. Following types of teas are considered as the best  home remedies for cold.

    • Vitamin C rich, Lemon tea

    • Antioxidant-rich, Green tea

    • Elderberry tea, considered to have antiviral properties

    • Echinacea tea

    • Chamomile tea

    • Peppermint tea

  3. Coconut water - Coconut water is a rich source of calcium, zinc, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Hydrating properties of coconut water can help replenish the fluids lost during the common cold.

  4. Honey - Honey helps in reducing nighttime cough, thus, enabling the patient to receive a good night's sleep. Honey, however, is not recommended for infants under one year of age as it can cause infant botulism.

  5. Garlic - Garlic, as a medicinal herb, is used around the world by many cultures to enhance their immune systems( foods for immune system). It is considered to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.

  6. Ginger - Ginger not only works as an antioxidant but also has antimicrobial and anti-cancer properties, making it one of the top foods to eat when suffering from illnesses. It is best known for its effect on those suffering from nausea.

  7. Spicy foods - Most spicy foods contain capsaicin which can have a desensitizing effect when consumed in substantial quantities. This temporarily helps open up the sinuses, thereby, enabling mucus flow and reducing chest congestion.

  8. Oatmeal - Oatmeal is easy to eat during sickness. It is considered to improve blood sugar levels and stimulate the immune system.

  9. Yogurt - Yogurt contains a host of beneficial probiotics that can help you quickly get better. Apart from being rich in calcium and minerals, it is also an excellent food to eat when sick.

  10. Bananas - Bananas are a rich source of Vitamin B, potassium, and magnesium. They provide much-needed calories and nutrients during illnesses and can also help relieve diarrhea and nausea.   

  11. Berries - Strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, and blackberries contain compounds called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins give berries their anti-inflammatory, antiviral and immune-boosting properties.

  12. Avocado - Avocados are energy-packed foods, high in fat but low in carbohydrates. The healthy fats in avocados help reduce inflammation and stimulate the immune system.

  13. Green leafy vegetables - Leafy green and dark green vegetables, like spinach and kale, are full of beneficial plant compounds. They act as antioxidants to protect the cells from damage and help fight inflammation.

  14. Salmon - Salmon is a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a good source of vitamins like vitamin D, which helps boost the immune system.

  15. Citrus Fruits - Vitamin C rich citrus fruits like lemons, grapefruit, oranges, and limes contain flavonoids which are essential to our immune system. They also speed up the recovery process in patients.


Along with incorporating the above foods, it is important to be aware of the physical environment we live in. Maintaining good hygiene levels can provide the required boost for our immune system.

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Top tips to help prevent a cold

Being a viral infection, it is not always possible to avoid catching a cold. However, incorporating certain habits in our daily lifestyle can certainly help us prevent it.

  1. Avoid coming in contact with people suffering from cold
  2. Using disinfectant while cleaning the house
  3. Washing hands regularly
  4. Staying hydrated
  5. Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet
  6. Resting the body with 7-9 hours’ sleep on a daily basis


It is important to distinguish between allergies and colds as symptoms can seem similar. If any of the following systems persist then contact your doctor immediately

  • Greenish or yellowish phlegm
  • Foul-smelling phlegm
  • Fever over 102 degrees F or if it lasts for more than three days
  • Chills
  • Dehydration
  • Weakness

‘Germ theory of Disease’, the currently accepted scientific theory for many diseases and allergies, is as recent as the 19th century. Whereas humans have been suffering from sickness for over millennia, foods in the form of herbs and spices (natural remedies for health) have been used for centuries. We must rethink our diets keeping in mind our heritage and culture. The Source of diet should be traditional, local, and fresh. Health is, after all, the true measure of a happy life.

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While food may not be an answer to all of our life’s troubles, it is definitely our most important source of comfort and sustenance.

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