Ever wonder about the differences between a naturopath and a
dietitian?  We do. So we decided to each of them to answer the
same question – good idea no? I found the responses surprisingly
similar. – CJ

Jason asks,“What are some foods that help
fight off a cold? When I feel a cold coming on, is there a food
that can help??”

Naturopath’s Answer:   There are many
different foods that can help boost your immune system when
you’re feeling sick.  When you’re ill, it’s important to
eat foods that are easy to digest  so less stress is
placed on your digestive system and more of your internal
energy can be diverted to your immune
response. Some foods that are easy to digest
include: soups, smoothies, fruits, and raw or lightly steamed
vegetables. 

Some foods that directly boost the functioning of your immune
system include: 

  • Raw garlic which provides the body with natural antimicrobial
    support and helps kill off bacteria and viruses.
  • Ginger (raw, cooked, or boiled as a tea) which provides the
    body with natural antimicrobial support and helps reduce
    congestion.
  • Vitamin C rich foods (such as raspberries, papaya, lemons,
    peppers, broccoli, and tomatoes) which help boost the number
    of white blood cells in your body. 
  • Beta carotene rich foods (such as carrots, squash, and sweet
    potatoes) which also boost the number of white blood cells in your
    body.

It’s also important to drink at least 2 litres of water daily
when you’re sick in order to properly hydrate your system and
to improve your ability to clear out infections and
illnesses.

The most important food to cut out of your diet when you’re
feeling sick is refined sugar (which includes white sugar and
brown sugar) because it directly compromises your immune
system’s ability to fight off infections and illnesses.

On top of these foods, make sure you get plenty of rest and keep
your physical exertion to a minimum so that your body
has enough energy to combat the cold. 

Dietitian’s Answer: There are really no foods
to prevent colds.  But by maintaining a healthy immune system,
you may reduce symptoms and not feel so bad.

Boost your immune system by getting these vitamins and minerals
in your diet:

  • Vitamin C – eat more citrus fruit, strawberries, and
    peppers.
  • Vitamin A – this vitamin is found in milk, eggs, and bright
    orange and green veggies (warning: do not take a vitamin A
    supplement – it can be toxic!).
  • Vitamin E – found in sunflower and safflower oils, almonds, and
    peanuts.
  • Selenium – eating nuts and fish can help you get this vitamin
    in your diet (again – it can be toxic in large amounts, so no
    supplements!).
  • Zinc – found in meat products and wheat germ.
  • Garlic – you may stink but you’ll feel great!

And of course, get enough rest and de-stress-ify to make sure
your body is in tip-top shape!

Naturopath answer provided by
Jackie Yurko, Doctor of Naturopathic
Medicine.

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DISCLAIMER:
This information is for entertainment purposes
only. The recommendations may not work for you, and should not take
the place of the recommendations made by your own medical
personnel. We are not responsible for the outcomes of any
recommendations. Do not make any drastic changes to your diet
without the supervision of your doctor/dietitian. For more
information, please see a Licensed Naturopath in your area. To
find one, visit cand.ca.

Dietitan answer provided by Kimberly London,
Registered Dietitian.

Do you have a question for our Dietitian? Ask
below.

DISCLAIMER: This
information is for entertainment purposes only. The recommendations
may not work for you, and should not take the place of the
recommendations made by your own medical personnel. We are not
responsible for the outcomes of any recommendations. Do not make
any drastic changes to your diet without the supervision of your
doctor/dietitian. For more information, please see a Registered
Dietitian in your area. To find one, visit dietitians.ca.


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