Last week, I noticed that my boyfriend was starting to have flu symptoms, and I told myself, that's it, winter is coming. I wondered what I could give him to help fight against this bad flu. The results of my researches showed some really interesting findings including some foods that surprised me. Here are 5 foods that will help you fight against the flu this winter.

1. Honey

Honey contains a variety of micronutrients that are Antispasmodic and antimicrobial (potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulfur, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, zinc ...). These micronutrients help fight sore throat. Personally, when I have the flu, I make sure to drink lots of hot lemonade with honey and I am able to see a difference.

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2. Chicken broth

Soup is the first thing that comes to mind when I have the flu. Besides being very comforting, chicken broth helps you to stay hydrated. It also has good properties that increase the ability of the olfactory cilia (nose hairs) in the nasal region that helps combat flues and colds.

3. Garlic and onion

In addition to being antibacterial and antiviral, garlic and onion are good foods to boost the immune system. Not only should you try to incorporate this into your meals regularly but they also add a great taste to your recipes!

4. Ice cream or Popsicle

Although the excess sugar is bad for health, during flu, cold can in fact prevent the irritation of the throat. But make sure not to replace a full meal with an ice cream or a Popsicle.

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5. Teas

Herbal teas are not miracle cures, but they can keep you hydrated especially during the flu. Hot drinks will ease the congestion and can offer you signs of relief.

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Although some people hate taking syrups or prescription drugs against the flu, there is no miracle cure for flues in natural foods. The best suggestion I can give you is to stay in bed and rest for 1-2 days. Allow your body to take its time to fight the virus. I would suggest not overeating in order to leave more energy towards healing your body rather than for digestion purposes.