Feed Your Cold: Foods to Ease Cold Symptoms

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Decreasing the severity and length of your symptoms not only makes you feel better, it decreases your risk of developing a more serious illness like a sinus infection or bronchitis.

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Chicken Soup

Homemade is best, making sure to keep the sodium level down and the veggie content up. If you only have the time and energy for store bought, buy one with low sodium.

Try Chicken Soup.

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Spicy Foods

Spicy foods can help to decrease congestion.

Try Potato Horseradish Crusted Mahi Mahi.

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Garlic

Though initial studies are inconclusive, there is some evidence garlic and garlic supplements can help to prevent and decrease the duration of the common cold.

Try Garlic Chicken.

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Fruit

When you are under the weather, increase your intake of fruits rich in vitamin C, such as citrus fruit, kiwi and tomatoes.

Try Citrus Berry Smoothie.

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Vegetables

Increasing your vitamin A intake will give your immune system a boost. Eat more spinach, broccoli and sweet potatoes for a speedy recovery.

Try Spinach.

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Mushrooms

Increasingly, white button mushrooms are being touted for their anti-viral properties. Raw or cooked, this fungi can strengthen your immune system.

Try Polenta Creamy Mushroom Sauce.

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Hot Beverages

Tea, especially with honey, can ease a sore throat and the steam and warmth will decrease congestion. Avoid caffeine as best you can.

Try Tea Time.

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Don’t take a cold lying down. A healthy diet will increase your energy level, support your immune system and improve your outlook. Avoid sugar and alcohol when you are ill. Additionally, anything helping to decrease mucous production, can shorten your suffering. Hot showers, steams, netti pots and over-the-counter decongestants are all useful in the fight against the common cold. Fight back and feel better fast!

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The common cold usually lasts for about a week, starting with a sore throat and a mild headache. While it isn't disabling like the flu, a cold can be really disruptive to your life. There is no true cure for the common cold, but turns out, your grandmother was right. There are things you can do to shorten the duration of a cold and to ease your symptoms ... and you can find them right in your grocery store.

Check out the slideshow above for helpful cold-fighting foods.

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