HOW EATING JAPANESE FOOD CAN HELP PREVENT THE FLU
Flu season is never easy, but there are ways to fight back and conquer it. What if we told you one simple solution is to go to your favorite Japanese restaurant? The Japanese are some of the healthiest people in the world. Take a page from their book and start feeling a little less under the weather by eating some staples from their diet:
Ginger: Put it in your food, in your tea, or take a detox bath with it. Ginger gets your blood pumping, boosts immunity and helps with any respiratory issues you may have.
Green tea: Honey and lemon tea is a common drink for when people think they’re falling ill, but green tea shouldn’t be overlooked. It has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties thanks to the ECGC in it (an extract) and is even known to be a mood-booster – and we all know that positive thinking is sometimes the best remedy when we start to feel sick!
Miso soup: Miso contains probiotics which helps with digestion as well as the immune system. It’s also a complete protein, as it contains all of the essential amino acids - who knew that a little bowl of soup could be packed with so much goodness? Make sure to use unpasteurized miso paste, which is made from fermented soybeans and avoid using high heat because if you boil miso it loses some of its nutritional properties.
Shiitake mushrooms: A great source of iron, Vitamin D and zinc, shiitake mushrooms are great flu-fighters. They contain a compound known as lentinan which really helps rev up the immune system.
Umeboshi: Reserved for the most adventurous foodies, this pickled plum is loaded in goodness – according to legend, samurais would eat them before battle to have more energy. They’re part of the macrobiotic diet and they also help the body eliminate toxins. Aside from the great health benefits they have a major beauty benefit: they’re known to be anti-aging!
Following the Japanese diet will certainly help stave off the flu, but to help your body stay in top shape, be sure to get in lots of shut eye and keep your body well hydrated at all times to consistently flush out toxins.