Cranberries for the Cold and Flu Season

I can’t help but wonder will spring really be here in 40 days? Hard to believe when one wakes up to temperatures of 10 degrees and three feet of snow on the ground so icy on top that my forty-five pound Sharpei, Lily, has no problem walking on top of it. A winter wonderland for sure but with winter comes the cold and flu season and although it seems to be a mild flu season this year, there is never a shortage of the common cold.
If you’ve read my book, ‘Rubies in the Sand; Recipes from the Cape Cod Cranberry Bogs” you know that I truly believe, as my hero Hippocrates did, that food is our best medicine. Without a proper diet we are more susceptible to being invaded by a passing cold or flu virus. These are air born and you simply need to be in the same room with someone who’s coughing and sneezing to be exposed to these viruses.
Once you come down with a cold there is very little you can do except what we call in the nursing world “comfort measures”. Rest, drink plenty of fluids and see your doctor if symptoms worsen or fever persists. Eating foods that are warming is what you should think of doing when you have a cold or the flu. Garlic, onions, any member of the allium family are wonderful antimicrobial foods that research now tells us really do help our immune systems fight these intruding viruses. [Read more…]