4 Common Household Foods to Prevent the Common Cold

With the change of seasons and cooler temperatures, it's easy for us to fall prey to the common cold, but fear not! We've got 4 common household foods for you to routinely add into your day-to-day to stay one step ahead of any cold.

Honey - Honey is one of the first natural anti-microbial medicines to be used. It contains live enzymes that release hydrogen peroxide, which is known to kill germs and unwanted foreign elements that enter our body. Be sure to buy raw, local, organic honey.  Start your day with a teaspoon of honey and warm water.

Garlic- Garlic is a powerful anti-bacterial that can fight yeast infections, fungus and candida overgrowth. It's a traditional remedy to maintain health and protect yourself from diseases is to have raw garlic on an empty stomach. Garlic contains a natural protective compound called allicin and other volatile oils, which are released on chewing and crushing it.

Ginger- Ginger is an effective home remedy for throat infections. Sucking a piece of raw ginger and taking in all its juices is known to calm coughs and kill the bacteria that has caused the infection. Ginger also contains a group of chemical compounds called sesquiterpene that are known to kill rhinoviruses, agents that cause cold.

Coconut Oil- The anti-bacterial properties of coconut oil come from the presence of medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides (MCTs) found in it. The two most potent medium chain triglycerides found in coconut oil are lauric acid and caprylic acid. Research has shown that it can inactivate several types of bacteria, fungi, yeast and viruses.

There you have it! Four common foods that you probably have in your kitchen that can help you fend off unwanted intruders.  Do your best to work them into your diet, especially during the winter months or whenever you are feeling tired, run down and your immune system is in need of support.

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