Fruit and vegetables are essential for keeping the body healthy, as everyone knows. There are also certain foods which are deemed great for those feeling under the weather - things like soup or orange juice. But what if you're not a big fan of those? Here we look at some other things you can munch on if you want to boost your immune system.
This has to be one of the most surprising. After all, who hasn't heard the advice to steer clear of dairy if you've got a cold? But it looks like that was ill placed, as yoghurt contains probiotics, which are healthy bacteria that keep your stomach in good condition. You're looking for versions with live-action cultures, and to really see the benefits, you should try to consume a small pot a day.
The hit here is the allicin it contains, which is good for battling infection and bacteria. Research conducted in the UK found people who ate garlic extract over 12 weeks were two-thirds less likely to catch a cold, according to prevention.com.
So the Brits do have something right when it comes to food and drink! Harvard University took a look at people who drank five cups of black tea a day for two weeks, and found the virus-fighting parts of their blood had been boosted by ten times. If you don't like black tea, you can get the benefits from green varieties too, while decaffeinated teas also work.
We all know vitamin C helps with colds - it might not ward them off entirely but boosting your intake when you're sick can help you get over them quicker. Guzzling orange juice might not be for you though, so consider adding red pepper into your diet. One has twice your recommended daily intake, and to get the best benefits, eat them raw (wash first though).
These boast the antioxidant beta-carotene, which helps battle free radicals. It can also be turned into vitamin A by the body, which is essential for healthy skin.