There’s no way around it: It’s flu season, that dreaded time of year where the weather is unpredictable and germs are flying. People get sick no matter how many times they wash their hands and sterilize their keyboards, smartphones, and cars. This beauty editor is no exception. Full disclosure, I’m an awful sick person. I regularly suffer from FOMO as it is, so the concept of spending the day in bed would be incomprehensible to me, had it not just happened the week before last. At the approval of my doctor (who may or not be on speed dial), I took a whole-foods approach to cutting back on my downtime. It worked so well that following an energetic phone call to my Midwestern mother—who met my enthusiasm with (I’m guessing) an eye roll—I decided to share them with you, because nobody likes being sick.
Keep scrolling to learn about the health and healing benefits of three foods you probably have in your kitchen. As always, be sure to check with your doctor before attempting to treat flu-like symptoms yourself!
Garlic may not be as desirable to consume raw as ginger, but according to Health Remedies Journal, it’s got the same level of pull when it comes to fighting off viruses and bacterial infections. Garlic is one powerful detoxifier. I prefer eating it raw, but it is also available in capsule form.
This one is a toughie because of the taste. Sure, you can add it to a salad, but if your stomach is upset, you probably aren’t eating a ton of roughage. If you can power through a spoonful of this stuff twice a day, it’s worth it. I promise. As we’ve reported previously, apple cider vinegar reduces blood sugar and inflammation, boosts energy, soothes a sore throat, and calms an upset stomach.
Ginger is a root that, as documented by LifeHack.org, helps blood circulation; reduces nausea, inflammation, and pain; quells a cough; and boosts the immune system. Juice the root or enjoy it in an herbal tea.
What foods help you feel better when you're sick? Have you tried one of the above? Sound off below!