Top 5 Foods to Beat the Common Cold

It's time to armor up in the war against your wellbeing.

With winter just around the corner and no cure insight for the common cold, it's time to try a more natural way to combat the common cold.

Dietitian and founding director of Food and Nutrition Australia, Sharon Natoli, shares her top 5 superfoods to bolster your immune system with items found in the supermarket - not the chemist!

Probiotic yoghurt - Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are found in high numbers in certain types of yoghurts. Probiotics have been shown to help boost the immune system. There is also growing evidence that certain types of probiotics, in particular, LGG, can help reduce the duration of a cold or flu and help reduce the severity of symptoms.

Oysters - These are the richest natural source of zinc with just two to three oysters a day providing 100% of your daily needs for zinc. Zinc is needed for many of the reactions the immune system carries out in protecting the body from infections.

Brazil nuts - These super nuts are high in selenium, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the cells from damage. Brazil nuts are a great immune boosting food. In fact, just two Brazil nuts provide 100% of your daily needs for selenium.

Carrots - Carrots are very high in vitamin A which is needed to keep skin cells healthy. Our skin is our first line of defence when it comes to warding off nasty bugs and just half a cup of chopped carrot provides all your daily needs for this important vitamin.

Kiwi fruit - Just one kiwi fruit provides your daily needs for vitamin C which is needed to protect the body's cells from damage. Vitamin C is also needed to maintain healthy skin cells which in turn helps boost immunity. The gold variety are best.

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