Published On: Jan 31 2014 11:40:30 AM CSTUpdated On: Oct 21 2015 01:00:00 AM CDT
Cold and flu season is shifting into high gear, and while you may not feel like eating when you're sick, TheDailyMeal.com compiled a list of "super foods" that can help make you feel better.
Dark leafy greens
Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale are loaded with nutrients like vitamin A, C and K, all of which keep you healthy.
Skinless chicken, turkey and pork loin build muscle, but they also help build up antibodies to help fight infection.
Oily fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation in the body and keep your immune system up and running.
Oysters contain tons of zinc, which has been proven to shorten the length of colds.
Yogurt, kefir and similar foods contain a lot of probiotics, which aid in digestion. But a recent study also found that they help lower the risk of upper respiratory tract infections.
Fennel and anise seeds
Both are natural expectorants, and contain antibacterial properties to help clear congestion and ease coughing.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which can boost your immunity and keep you healthy.
Carrots and other orange vegetables contain high levels of beta carotene, which our bodies convert into vitamin A. This vitamin helps keep the immune system strong, and the mucous members in the nose and throat healthy.
Citrus fruits such as grapefruits, oranges and lemons are rich in vitamin C, which boosts immunity.
Garlic produces a powerful antioxidant through a sulfuric compound called allicin, which helps fight a cold.
For more information on the best foods to eat when you're sick, visit TheDailyMeal.com.