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If you’ve got a cold, I’ve got you covered. These are the best foods to eat – because they act like natural remedies for your symptoms.
First: For a cough, try 2 teaspoons of honey. Research in the journal Pediatrics shows honey can relieve coughs from upper respiratory infections – even BETTER than over-the-counter medicines. Honey coats the throat and has anti-microbial properties to kill infections. It also has antioxidants that boost the immune system. And it can be eaten straight from the jar, or in a cup of hot tea.
Next: If you feel headachy, eat a banana. They’re high in the pain-fighting electrolyte magnesium. And according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, people prone to headaches – including migraines – often have low levels of magnesium.
Also: If you’re feeling stuffed up: Try pineapple and chili peppers. Pineapple contains bromelain, which thins mucus… And chili peppers trigger a so-called mucokinetic effect that helps sinuses drain. It’s the capsaicin – which makes your nose run and eyes tear, but it thins mucus at the same time.
One final natural remedy for a cold: Pumpkin seeds. According to the Mayo Clinic, they’re packed with zinc. !’ve talked about the healing power of zinc many times before: Zinc keeps cold viruses from replicating in your body.