5 foods you need to fight colds

As I am writing this blog another 6 inches of snow was dropped on us here in the Northeast of the US. Many of us got our flu shot already but that still may not protect you from getting sick.

Here are my five favorite foods that will help boost your immunity to fight colds in this winter season

These foods are rich in antioxidants and support white blood cells to fight viruses.


Turmeric is a yellow powder that grows wild in the forests of Southeast Asia. It is typically one of the key ingredients in Asian recipes. Turmeric contains powerful antioxidants, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.   If you feel an onset of a cold or cough, a cup of warm milk with a teaspoon of Turmeric powder is a great way to fight colds.  This is often called Golden Milk.  I have included a Golden Milk recipe for all of you to try this cold season:

  1. 1 cup almond/coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
  2. 1-2 tsp turmeric powder
  3. 1tsp grated ginger
  4. 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  5. 1 tsp raw honey or more to taste.  Enjoy!


Oysters contain more zinc, which supports the immune system, than any other food. Zinc is very important for the immune system. It assists white blood cells to attack bacteria and fight colds. One portion of Oysters at a restaurant will give you about five times the recommended daily amount.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains a fatty acid called lauric acid, which has anti-bacterial and antimicrobial and will help your body fight colds. Just a few tablespoons a day (you can add to foods when cooking) will help build up your immune system to help you fight colds. So go out to Costco and get your 84-ounce jar of Coconut oil now.  Unrefined is better than refined when you’re shopping for coconut oil.  If you are looking for more great tips on the benefits of Coconut Oil click HERE 


Mushrooms are high in antioxidants and beta-glucans, which support the immune system to fight colds. For those that are already sick, mushrooms can decrease the severity of an illness.

 Chicken Soup

Of course, I had to mention Chicken Soup! It’s not just an old wives tale, chicken soup really does boost the immune system. If you are already sick, Chicken Soup reduces congestion and eases the symptoms of a cold. Chicken soup contains vitamins A, C, magnesium, and contains antioxidants, which help build a strong immune system to fight colds. My favorite chicken soup is from Costco.

So are you ready to boost your immunity all winter long!!

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