Be Proactive in Fighting the Flu: Natural Foods Can Help

By Dr. Lloyd Berg, PhD.

While the beginning of November is just a few weeks away from “the most wonderful time of the year,” it also marks the beginning of a rather less favorable period – flu season.

With flu activity most commonly peaking between December and February, most Americans take extra precautions in making sure the festive holidays are met without any setbacks. Being proactive about your health and taking preventative measures is probably the best way to fight the common cold. And by taking a natural approach, using fresh pineapple juice might just be your best defense!

Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties. It fights infections and kills bacteria. Pineapples are also abundant in vitamin C, which we all know is the secret ingredient in any over the counter immunity boosters.

In fact, it’s been documented by holistic wellness practitioners that the juice from fresh pineapples can suppress coughs five times more effectively than cough syrup. With one cup of pineapple juice containing nearly 50% of the daily requirement for vitamin C intake, drinking a glass of fresh pineapple juice can help soothe a sore throat and aid the body to expel any oncoming mucous easily.

This flu season, make sure to prepare by keeping your immunity up and your kitchen stocked. Natural approaches to drugstore medicine are not only better for your overall health, but can be cheaper. So next time you’re in the produce aisle, remind yourself to pick up some ingredients for dinner, as well as a few back-ups for medicine cabinet.

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