Beating summer flu with a healthy diet!

Beating summer flu with a healthy diet!

Beating summer flu with a healthy diet!



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When it comes to summer, it is easier for us to have health-related problems due to its high temperature and humidity. We might feel dehydrated, fatigue or even experience heat stroke.

Hong Kong’s peak influenza season normally occurs between July and August. Our immune system will be weakened if we lack sleep, which leads to a higher chance of catching a flu. In particular, the elderly and children should always maintain healthy eating habits and lifestyles.

Influenza cough can be divided into three categories: common cold with wind-cold syndrome, common cold with dryness syndrome and common cold with wind-heat syndrome. We can boost our immunity and speed up recovery simply by eating various foods.

  • People with symptoms like an itchy throat, white phlegm and runny nose, have a common cold with wind-cold syndrome. This group of patients is suggested to eat more ginger, garlic, parsley and other cold-dispelling foods.
  • People suffering from a sore throat with bloodshot sputum, and coughing, have a common cold with dryness syndrome. By eating figs, honey and lilies, their throat can be moistened and coughing be alleviated.
  • People with a sore throat, fever, and headache, are affected by a common cold with wind-heat syndrome. Monk fruit, chrysanthemum and pear are ideal eatables to clear phlegm and relieve coughing.

To stay healthy during the summer, more attention should be given to body hydration, proper exercise, light diet, sun protection and heat stroke avoidance. If you feel unwell, you should seek timely medical attention.

Tips to strengthen your immune system:

  • It is recommended to consume more vitamins, especially vitamins B1, B2, B3, C, D, E, β-carotene, zinc, and polyphenol foods, such as oranges, strawberries, red peppers, mushrooms, beef. These foods can help to enhance your immunity and cell reparability, which can reduce your chance of getting a cold or alleviate relevant illnesses symptoms.
  • Staying hydrated is also crucial, especially if you have a cold or flu because it helps moisten our mucous membranes and strengthen our body's defenses against bacteria and viruses. It is recommended to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Also, try to avoid sugary or caffeinated drinks, because these concentrated drinks can easily dehydrate our body.

This article is provided by Ms. Joyce Tang, Senior Nutritionist.

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