Why We Get Seasonal Sniffles and How To Combat It With The Right Foods

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Don’t you find that as soon as the weather changes – whether it’s the start of a new season, or simply a sudden temperature change – you get bogged down with the sniffles…

It’s not always that serious, but it sure is annoying!

My best friend and I always joke about our husbands’ medical knowledge and how they should’ve actually studied to become doctors…
No matter what you know or how well you know your children, or what the chemist said – hubbies know better…

That said, after countless bouts of sniffles, coughs, you-name-it that the kids bring home from school, I consider myself quite knowledgeable in the not-so-serious-immune-deficiencies category and how to effectively deal with it.
I’ve also decided to treat our family as naturally as possible and just let the condition at hand run its course – unless of course it’s serious and an actual doctor is needed…

Anyways, on that jolly note, here are some interesting facts as to why we get ‘sick’ when the seasons or weather change:

  1. Your body is used to functioning at a certain temperature and when that changes,  your body and your immune system needs to adapt
  2. In a similar way that people suffer from altitude sickness, etc, a storm can cause you to feel sick, due to your body having to function at a different pressure

How to combat seasonal sniffles:

  1. Eating foods high in zinc will help the body to produce more t-cells which help to fight infection
  2. Vitamin C helps to boost the immune system
  3. Exercising will help relieve stress, which can make you more vulnerable to viruses
  4. Exercise also increases the circulation of cells to help fight off infections
  5. Get enough sleep! When you’re sleep-deprived, your immune system is left weak
    {Source: eHow}

Top 5 foods that are high in Zinc:

  1. Spinach
  2. Garlic
  3. Flax seeds
  4. Pumpkin seeds
  5. Pork

You know how chicken soup is known as the ultimate feel-better-food? Well, for me it’s always been a gentle curry. All those yummy aromatics, chili, ginger and garlic, brought together in a beautiful and healing broth. THAT is soul food, healing food…

I’m sure you can guess by now that we all have the sniffles!

I made a delicious pork curry with heaps of garlic and ginger – and it really does help you to feel better.
Not only is the garlic and pork high in zinc, but the other spices, along with the coconut milk, delivers a powerful immune-boosting punch, yet is gentle enough for your fragile state…
The broth is also great to ease any congestion.

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Just call me Meredith… {as in Dr. Grey 😉 }

Aromatic Pork Curry

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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You will need:

2 tbs coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp onion seeds
1/2 tsp powdered ginger
3 cardamom pods, crushed open
5 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1 piece of fresh ginger, the size of your finger, roughly chopped
2 large pork chops, approx 500 g, cubed
1 large sweet potato, cubed
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup coconut milk

Start off by heating the oil and sauteing the onion until soft.
Add the spices and fry until fragrant.

Add the pork and let it brown on all sides.

Add the sweet potato chunks, stock and coconut milk.
Place the lid onto the pot and let it simmer for 45 minutes until the sweet potato is soft.

Serve with fresh coriander.

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