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What Are the Best Foods to Eat When You Have a Sore Throat?

What Are the Best Foods to Eat When You Have a Sore Throat?

If you feel a sore throat coming on, it can be a sign that a cold is on its way

Lemon juice helps increase blood flow to the throat.

Few things are quite as bothersome as a sore throat. Many fruits, vegetables, and herbs are capable of saving the day with their antioxidant-rich powers and can sometimes help you avoid that trip to the doctor. Here are six foods that can help soothe a sore throat.

Ginger
Ginger contains a surplus of critical antioxidants that improve immune health, and when added to hot water, creates a soothing, fragrant tea.

Sage
Try trading your regular tea for hot water and sage. For decades, sage has been used to soothe sore throats with its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Pomegranate
One of the most antioxidant-rich fruits in the world, the pomegranate offers an assortment of impressive benefits. Not only does this superfruit contain immune-boosting properties, but can ward off infections by acting as an astringent.

Lemon
That slice of lemon served with your tea isn’t just a garnish. It’s a bacteria-fighting, vitamin-rich fruit that should be used to heal your sore throat and improve your immune system.

Garlic
Garlic is truly a superfood. The fragrant plant contains hefty amounts of allicin (responsible for that garlicky smell), a potent immune-booster, and is noted with antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Cinnamon
Herbal enthusiasts encourage cinnamon at the first sign of a sore throat. Chinese traditional medicine has also long encouraged cinnamon to ward off and/or soothe coughs.


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Pineapple juice contains a mix of enzymes collectively called bromelain, which possesses anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate respiratory problems caused by asthma, infection and allergies.

Pineapple juice also helps to break up and expel thick and stubborn mucus that trigger coughing fits. Plus, by expelling mucus, it reduces the chances of you aggravating your throat by coughing, thus relieving a sore throat.

Even if you’re not under the weather, pineapple juice contains a host of benefits, including immunity-boosting vitamin C, so drink up!

Manuka Honey

One teaspoon before each meal helps to coat the throat and has antiseptic properties – the higher the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating, the greater the level of antibacterial activity. If the cough is making you feel tight-chested and congested, try adding horseradish, cayenne pepper or ginger to meals. As for whooping cough, tea made from fresh thyme can provide relief.

Chicken soup

There’s a reason why chicken soup has held its spot on the list of trusted remedies for colds. Boasting a host of vitamins and minerals essential for fighting a virus, chicken soup also provides the fluids and electrolytes required to keep you hydrated.

Aside from its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antioxidant properties, a steaming bowl of chicken soup also acts as a natural decongestant because it contains an amino acid that breaks apart mucus, and inhibits the cells that cause coughing and a stuffy nose.

Garlic and Onions

Garlic and onions are anti-bacterial and have antiseptic properties. Make a nourishing soup with six onions, a whole garlic, 2.5cm of grated fresh ginger, and some cayenne pepper mixed in a vegetable or chicken stock. You could also add lemongrass. For young children, you may have to leave out the cayenne pepper.

Lemon and Ginger Herbal Tea

Drink plenty of soothing lemon and ginger herbal tea. Make your own by finely chopping a 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger, then stand it in boiling water for 15 minutes with a squeeze of lemon juice and freshly chopped spring onions. Strain and sip.

Orange Juice

Drinking a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice every three hours is beneficial to recovering from a fever. Orange juice is rich in vitamin C and a great source of energy, enhancing your immunity to fight against the disease.

Migraines are linked to food intolerances, internal toxicity and sometimes, the menstrual cycle. It can also be a sign of liver congestion. Include turmeric, which contains curcumin, and fish, which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, in your diet. They have great anti-inflammatory properties and Omega-3 is an anti-coagulant too, naturally thinning the blood and reducing the severity of migraines. Esther suggests eating three servings a week.

Avoid mucus-producing foods such as full-fat milk, cheese, chocolate, white bread, croissants, pastries, cakes and anything that contains white flour and milk.

Garlic, onions, curries

Eat more garlic and onions. Hot curries with cayenne pepper also help clear the sinuses, as spices dilate the blood vessels and increase blood flow to the area, helping to clear any mucus.

Vegetable juices

Drink plenty of freshly blended vegetable juices – especially cucumber, carrot, parsley, kale and apple, which are very cleansing. Elderflower tea can also help to reduce congestion.

Pain is associated with inflammation. To reduce inflammation, bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, curcumin from turmeric, and Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are highly recommended. You can easily include these in your cooking.

If your joint pain is associated with high uric acid or gout, cherries or cherry juice extract are best to help mobilise uric acid out of the joints so it can be excreted in urine.

Eat at least one tablespoon of flaxseeds daily. You could swap this for sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds. They are rich in essential fats that are vital for healthy joints.

Other than that, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds and walnuts are all great options. An easy way to eat more of them daily is to place two tablespoons of each nut in a blender for a minute then transfer to an an air-tight jar to store in the fridge. Sprinkle over breakfast cereals, fruit salads or yogurt.

Green Vegetables

Consume more green vegetables that are high in calcium, magnesium and potassium, such as spinach and kai lan. They can reduce and prevent dysmenorrhea (excessive uterine muscle contractions), in addition to minimising the irritable feelings that usually accompany menstrual cramps. Dark green vegetables also contain vitamin K, a necessary substance for coagulation to prevent excessive bleeding.

Non-caffeinated Tea

Try to avoid caffeine because it can increase menstrual discomfort. Instead, opt for ginger tea to ease nausea and bloating. Chamomile tea can also relieve tension and eliminate muscle spasm, reducing anxiety during menstruation.

Crush fresh sage or thyme, put into a cup and pour in almost-boiling water, allow to cool and then gargle the infusion. Sage is anti-inflammatory and eases the soreness.

Bee propolis

You could also consume bee propolis or use an echinacea spray, as both are antiseptic.

High-fibre foods

Flaxseeds contain a blend of insoluble and soluble fibres, which bulk the stool, encouraging it to move gently through the bowel.

Fermented foods

Eat more fermented foods like yogurt, miso and tempeh. They all contain friendly bacteria that can relieve constipation.

Dark-coloured fruits and veggies

Apples, onions, fruits with a dark red or blue hue like cranberries, blueberries, and teas are main sources of quercetin. A natural antihistamine and flavonoid, quercetin helps to reduce allergic reactions. It is also present in red wine, berries, seeds, leafy green vegetables, chilli, parsley and red grapes, and is available as a dietary supplement.

Fresh, whole foods rich in antioxidants

Eat as much fresh and organic food as possible, because they are packed with good-quality nutrients.

Sprouts such as alfafa, and algae like spirulina and chlorella, contain a high amount of immune boosters. Spirulina is unique as it contains the rare blue pigment phytocyanin, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage. Studies have shown that spirulina activates the immune system to prevent the progression and spread of cancer cells.

Vitamin B-rich foods

Serotonin is a brain chemical that the body produces to help reduce anxiety and improve quality of sleep. It is made from a constituent of protein called tryptophan. You can include more sources of B vitamins such as fish, chicken, beans, avocados and wheatgerm in your diet to boost the production of serotonin.

Some people find that eating a banana an hour before they go to sleep helps them sleep longer, as bananas are a good source of tryptophan.

It’s also a good idea to have lettuce at night as it contains the natural sedative lactucarium, which encourages deeper sleep. But avoid having cheese during dinner, as it contains amino acids that can keep you awake.


The best foods to help you recover from fever, sore throat, cough and more

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Pineapple juice contains a mix of enzymes collectively called bromelain, which possesses anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate respiratory problems caused by asthma, infection and allergies.

Pineapple juice also helps to break up and expel thick and stubborn mucus that trigger coughing fits. Plus, by expelling mucus, it reduces the chances of you aggravating your throat by coughing, thus relieving a sore throat.

Even if you’re not under the weather, pineapple juice contains a host of benefits, including immunity-boosting vitamin C, so drink up!

Manuka Honey

One teaspoon before each meal helps to coat the throat and has antiseptic properties – the higher the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating, the greater the level of antibacterial activity. If the cough is making you feel tight-chested and congested, try adding horseradish, cayenne pepper or ginger to meals. As for whooping cough, tea made from fresh thyme can provide relief.

Chicken soup

There’s a reason why chicken soup has held its spot on the list of trusted remedies for colds. Boasting a host of vitamins and minerals essential for fighting a virus, chicken soup also provides the fluids and electrolytes required to keep you hydrated.

Aside from its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antioxidant properties, a steaming bowl of chicken soup also acts as a natural decongestant because it contains an amino acid that breaks apart mucus, and inhibits the cells that cause coughing and a stuffy nose.

Garlic and Onions

Garlic and onions are anti-bacterial and have antiseptic properties. Make a nourishing soup with six onions, a whole garlic, 2.5cm of grated fresh ginger, and some cayenne pepper mixed in a vegetable or chicken stock. You could also add lemongrass. For young children, you may have to leave out the cayenne pepper.

Lemon and Ginger Herbal Tea

Drink plenty of soothing lemon and ginger herbal tea. Make your own by finely chopping a 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger, then stand it in boiling water for 15 minutes with a squeeze of lemon juice and freshly chopped spring onions. Strain and sip.

Orange Juice

Drinking a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice every three hours is beneficial to recovering from a fever. Orange juice is rich in vitamin C and a great source of energy, enhancing your immunity to fight against the disease.

Migraines are linked to food intolerances, internal toxicity and sometimes, the menstrual cycle. It can also be a sign of liver congestion. Include turmeric, which contains curcumin, and fish, which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, in your diet. They have great anti-inflammatory properties and Omega-3 is an anti-coagulant too, naturally thinning the blood and reducing the severity of migraines. Esther suggests eating three servings a week.

Avoid mucus-producing foods such as full-fat milk, cheese, chocolate, white bread, croissants, pastries, cakes and anything that contains white flour and milk.

Garlic, onions, curries

Eat more garlic and onions. Hot curries with cayenne pepper also help clear the sinuses, as spices dilate the blood vessels and increase blood flow to the area, helping to clear any mucus.

Vegetable juices

Drink plenty of freshly blended vegetable juices – especially cucumber, carrot, parsley, kale and apple, which are very cleansing. Elderflower tea can also help to reduce congestion.

Pain is associated with inflammation. To reduce inflammation, bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, curcumin from turmeric, and Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are highly recommended. You can easily include these in your cooking.

If your joint pain is associated with high uric acid or gout, cherries or cherry juice extract are best to help mobilise uric acid out of the joints so it can be excreted in urine.

Eat at least one tablespoon of flaxseeds daily. You could swap this for sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds. They are rich in essential fats that are vital for healthy joints.

Other than that, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds and walnuts are all great options. An easy way to eat more of them daily is to place two tablespoons of each nut in a blender for a minute then transfer to an an air-tight jar to store in the fridge. Sprinkle over breakfast cereals, fruit salads or yogurt.

Green Vegetables

Consume more green vegetables that are high in calcium, magnesium and potassium, such as spinach and kai lan. They can reduce and prevent dysmenorrhea (excessive uterine muscle contractions), in addition to minimising the irritable feelings that usually accompany menstrual cramps. Dark green vegetables also contain vitamin K, a necessary substance for coagulation to prevent excessive bleeding.

Non-caffeinated Tea

Try to avoid caffeine because it can increase menstrual discomfort. Instead, opt for ginger tea to ease nausea and bloating. Chamomile tea can also relieve tension and eliminate muscle spasm, reducing anxiety during menstruation.

Crush fresh sage or thyme, put into a cup and pour in almost-boiling water, allow to cool and then gargle the infusion. Sage is anti-inflammatory and eases the soreness.

Bee propolis

You could also consume bee propolis or use an echinacea spray, as both are antiseptic.

High-fibre foods

Flaxseeds contain a blend of insoluble and soluble fibres, which bulk the stool, encouraging it to move gently through the bowel.

Fermented foods

Eat more fermented foods like yogurt, miso and tempeh. They all contain friendly bacteria that can relieve constipation.

Dark-coloured fruits and veggies

Apples, onions, fruits with a dark red or blue hue like cranberries, blueberries, and teas are main sources of quercetin. A natural antihistamine and flavonoid, quercetin helps to reduce allergic reactions. It is also present in red wine, berries, seeds, leafy green vegetables, chilli, parsley and red grapes, and is available as a dietary supplement.

Fresh, whole foods rich in antioxidants

Eat as much fresh and organic food as possible, because they are packed with good-quality nutrients.

Sprouts such as alfafa, and algae like spirulina and chlorella, contain a high amount of immune boosters. Spirulina is unique as it contains the rare blue pigment phytocyanin, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage. Studies have shown that spirulina activates the immune system to prevent the progression and spread of cancer cells.

Vitamin B-rich foods

Serotonin is a brain chemical that the body produces to help reduce anxiety and improve quality of sleep. It is made from a constituent of protein called tryptophan. You can include more sources of B vitamins such as fish, chicken, beans, avocados and wheatgerm in your diet to boost the production of serotonin.

Some people find that eating a banana an hour before they go to sleep helps them sleep longer, as bananas are a good source of tryptophan.

It’s also a good idea to have lettuce at night as it contains the natural sedative lactucarium, which encourages deeper sleep. But avoid having cheese during dinner, as it contains amino acids that can keep you awake.


The best foods to help you recover from fever, sore throat, cough and more

Whether you suffer from arthritis, sinusitis, menstrual cramps or other health issues, eating the right foods can help you feel better.

READ NEXT

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‘Heaty’ foods to avoid eating in Singapore’s hot weather

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Pineapple juice contains a mix of enzymes collectively called bromelain, which possesses anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate respiratory problems caused by asthma, infection and allergies.

Pineapple juice also helps to break up and expel thick and stubborn mucus that trigger coughing fits. Plus, by expelling mucus, it reduces the chances of you aggravating your throat by coughing, thus relieving a sore throat.

Even if you’re not under the weather, pineapple juice contains a host of benefits, including immunity-boosting vitamin C, so drink up!

Manuka Honey

One teaspoon before each meal helps to coat the throat and has antiseptic properties – the higher the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating, the greater the level of antibacterial activity. If the cough is making you feel tight-chested and congested, try adding horseradish, cayenne pepper or ginger to meals. As for whooping cough, tea made from fresh thyme can provide relief.

Chicken soup

There’s a reason why chicken soup has held its spot on the list of trusted remedies for colds. Boasting a host of vitamins and minerals essential for fighting a virus, chicken soup also provides the fluids and electrolytes required to keep you hydrated.

Aside from its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antioxidant properties, a steaming bowl of chicken soup also acts as a natural decongestant because it contains an amino acid that breaks apart mucus, and inhibits the cells that cause coughing and a stuffy nose.

Garlic and Onions

Garlic and onions are anti-bacterial and have antiseptic properties. Make a nourishing soup with six onions, a whole garlic, 2.5cm of grated fresh ginger, and some cayenne pepper mixed in a vegetable or chicken stock. You could also add lemongrass. For young children, you may have to leave out the cayenne pepper.

Lemon and Ginger Herbal Tea

Drink plenty of soothing lemon and ginger herbal tea. Make your own by finely chopping a 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger, then stand it in boiling water for 15 minutes with a squeeze of lemon juice and freshly chopped spring onions. Strain and sip.

Orange Juice

Drinking a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice every three hours is beneficial to recovering from a fever. Orange juice is rich in vitamin C and a great source of energy, enhancing your immunity to fight against the disease.

Migraines are linked to food intolerances, internal toxicity and sometimes, the menstrual cycle. It can also be a sign of liver congestion. Include turmeric, which contains curcumin, and fish, which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, in your diet. They have great anti-inflammatory properties and Omega-3 is an anti-coagulant too, naturally thinning the blood and reducing the severity of migraines. Esther suggests eating three servings a week.

Avoid mucus-producing foods such as full-fat milk, cheese, chocolate, white bread, croissants, pastries, cakes and anything that contains white flour and milk.

Garlic, onions, curries

Eat more garlic and onions. Hot curries with cayenne pepper also help clear the sinuses, as spices dilate the blood vessels and increase blood flow to the area, helping to clear any mucus.

Vegetable juices

Drink plenty of freshly blended vegetable juices – especially cucumber, carrot, parsley, kale and apple, which are very cleansing. Elderflower tea can also help to reduce congestion.

Pain is associated with inflammation. To reduce inflammation, bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, curcumin from turmeric, and Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are highly recommended. You can easily include these in your cooking.

If your joint pain is associated with high uric acid or gout, cherries or cherry juice extract are best to help mobilise uric acid out of the joints so it can be excreted in urine.

Eat at least one tablespoon of flaxseeds daily. You could swap this for sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds. They are rich in essential fats that are vital for healthy joints.

Other than that, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds and walnuts are all great options. An easy way to eat more of them daily is to place two tablespoons of each nut in a blender for a minute then transfer to an an air-tight jar to store in the fridge. Sprinkle over breakfast cereals, fruit salads or yogurt.

Green Vegetables

Consume more green vegetables that are high in calcium, magnesium and potassium, such as spinach and kai lan. They can reduce and prevent dysmenorrhea (excessive uterine muscle contractions), in addition to minimising the irritable feelings that usually accompany menstrual cramps. Dark green vegetables also contain vitamin K, a necessary substance for coagulation to prevent excessive bleeding.

Non-caffeinated Tea

Try to avoid caffeine because it can increase menstrual discomfort. Instead, opt for ginger tea to ease nausea and bloating. Chamomile tea can also relieve tension and eliminate muscle spasm, reducing anxiety during menstruation.

Crush fresh sage or thyme, put into a cup and pour in almost-boiling water, allow to cool and then gargle the infusion. Sage is anti-inflammatory and eases the soreness.

Bee propolis

You could also consume bee propolis or use an echinacea spray, as both are antiseptic.

High-fibre foods

Flaxseeds contain a blend of insoluble and soluble fibres, which bulk the stool, encouraging it to move gently through the bowel.

Fermented foods

Eat more fermented foods like yogurt, miso and tempeh. They all contain friendly bacteria that can relieve constipation.

Dark-coloured fruits and veggies

Apples, onions, fruits with a dark red or blue hue like cranberries, blueberries, and teas are main sources of quercetin. A natural antihistamine and flavonoid, quercetin helps to reduce allergic reactions. It is also present in red wine, berries, seeds, leafy green vegetables, chilli, parsley and red grapes, and is available as a dietary supplement.

Fresh, whole foods rich in antioxidants

Eat as much fresh and organic food as possible, because they are packed with good-quality nutrients.

Sprouts such as alfafa, and algae like spirulina and chlorella, contain a high amount of immune boosters. Spirulina is unique as it contains the rare blue pigment phytocyanin, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage. Studies have shown that spirulina activates the immune system to prevent the progression and spread of cancer cells.

Vitamin B-rich foods

Serotonin is a brain chemical that the body produces to help reduce anxiety and improve quality of sleep. It is made from a constituent of protein called tryptophan. You can include more sources of B vitamins such as fish, chicken, beans, avocados and wheatgerm in your diet to boost the production of serotonin.

Some people find that eating a banana an hour before they go to sleep helps them sleep longer, as bananas are a good source of tryptophan.

It’s also a good idea to have lettuce at night as it contains the natural sedative lactucarium, which encourages deeper sleep. But avoid having cheese during dinner, as it contains amino acids that can keep you awake.


The best foods to help you recover from fever, sore throat, cough and more

Whether you suffer from arthritis, sinusitis, menstrual cramps or other health issues, eating the right foods can help you feel better.

READ NEXT

10 health and wellness trends you’ll be adopting in 2021 and beyond

‘Heaty’ foods to avoid eating in Singapore’s hot weather

Improve your immunity system by eating these foods right now

Pineapple juice contains a mix of enzymes collectively called bromelain, which possesses anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate respiratory problems caused by asthma, infection and allergies.

Pineapple juice also helps to break up and expel thick and stubborn mucus that trigger coughing fits. Plus, by expelling mucus, it reduces the chances of you aggravating your throat by coughing, thus relieving a sore throat.

Even if you’re not under the weather, pineapple juice contains a host of benefits, including immunity-boosting vitamin C, so drink up!

Manuka Honey

One teaspoon before each meal helps to coat the throat and has antiseptic properties – the higher the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating, the greater the level of antibacterial activity. If the cough is making you feel tight-chested and congested, try adding horseradish, cayenne pepper or ginger to meals. As for whooping cough, tea made from fresh thyme can provide relief.

Chicken soup

There’s a reason why chicken soup has held its spot on the list of trusted remedies for colds. Boasting a host of vitamins and minerals essential for fighting a virus, chicken soup also provides the fluids and electrolytes required to keep you hydrated.

Aside from its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antioxidant properties, a steaming bowl of chicken soup also acts as a natural decongestant because it contains an amino acid that breaks apart mucus, and inhibits the cells that cause coughing and a stuffy nose.

Garlic and Onions

Garlic and onions are anti-bacterial and have antiseptic properties. Make a nourishing soup with six onions, a whole garlic, 2.5cm of grated fresh ginger, and some cayenne pepper mixed in a vegetable or chicken stock. You could also add lemongrass. For young children, you may have to leave out the cayenne pepper.

Lemon and Ginger Herbal Tea

Drink plenty of soothing lemon and ginger herbal tea. Make your own by finely chopping a 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger, then stand it in boiling water for 15 minutes with a squeeze of lemon juice and freshly chopped spring onions. Strain and sip.

Orange Juice

Drinking a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice every three hours is beneficial to recovering from a fever. Orange juice is rich in vitamin C and a great source of energy, enhancing your immunity to fight against the disease.

Migraines are linked to food intolerances, internal toxicity and sometimes, the menstrual cycle. It can also be a sign of liver congestion. Include turmeric, which contains curcumin, and fish, which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, in your diet. They have great anti-inflammatory properties and Omega-3 is an anti-coagulant too, naturally thinning the blood and reducing the severity of migraines. Esther suggests eating three servings a week.

Avoid mucus-producing foods such as full-fat milk, cheese, chocolate, white bread, croissants, pastries, cakes and anything that contains white flour and milk.

Garlic, onions, curries

Eat more garlic and onions. Hot curries with cayenne pepper also help clear the sinuses, as spices dilate the blood vessels and increase blood flow to the area, helping to clear any mucus.

Vegetable juices

Drink plenty of freshly blended vegetable juices – especially cucumber, carrot, parsley, kale and apple, which are very cleansing. Elderflower tea can also help to reduce congestion.

Pain is associated with inflammation. To reduce inflammation, bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, curcumin from turmeric, and Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are highly recommended. You can easily include these in your cooking.

If your joint pain is associated with high uric acid or gout, cherries or cherry juice extract are best to help mobilise uric acid out of the joints so it can be excreted in urine.

Eat at least one tablespoon of flaxseeds daily. You could swap this for sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds. They are rich in essential fats that are vital for healthy joints.

Other than that, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds and walnuts are all great options. An easy way to eat more of them daily is to place two tablespoons of each nut in a blender for a minute then transfer to an an air-tight jar to store in the fridge. Sprinkle over breakfast cereals, fruit salads or yogurt.

Green Vegetables

Consume more green vegetables that are high in calcium, magnesium and potassium, such as spinach and kai lan. They can reduce and prevent dysmenorrhea (excessive uterine muscle contractions), in addition to minimising the irritable feelings that usually accompany menstrual cramps. Dark green vegetables also contain vitamin K, a necessary substance for coagulation to prevent excessive bleeding.

Non-caffeinated Tea

Try to avoid caffeine because it can increase menstrual discomfort. Instead, opt for ginger tea to ease nausea and bloating. Chamomile tea can also relieve tension and eliminate muscle spasm, reducing anxiety during menstruation.

Crush fresh sage or thyme, put into a cup and pour in almost-boiling water, allow to cool and then gargle the infusion. Sage is anti-inflammatory and eases the soreness.

Bee propolis

You could also consume bee propolis or use an echinacea spray, as both are antiseptic.

High-fibre foods

Flaxseeds contain a blend of insoluble and soluble fibres, which bulk the stool, encouraging it to move gently through the bowel.

Fermented foods

Eat more fermented foods like yogurt, miso and tempeh. They all contain friendly bacteria that can relieve constipation.

Dark-coloured fruits and veggies

Apples, onions, fruits with a dark red or blue hue like cranberries, blueberries, and teas are main sources of quercetin. A natural antihistamine and flavonoid, quercetin helps to reduce allergic reactions. It is also present in red wine, berries, seeds, leafy green vegetables, chilli, parsley and red grapes, and is available as a dietary supplement.

Fresh, whole foods rich in antioxidants

Eat as much fresh and organic food as possible, because they are packed with good-quality nutrients.

Sprouts such as alfafa, and algae like spirulina and chlorella, contain a high amount of immune boosters. Spirulina is unique as it contains the rare blue pigment phytocyanin, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage. Studies have shown that spirulina activates the immune system to prevent the progression and spread of cancer cells.

Vitamin B-rich foods

Serotonin is a brain chemical that the body produces to help reduce anxiety and improve quality of sleep. It is made from a constituent of protein called tryptophan. You can include more sources of B vitamins such as fish, chicken, beans, avocados and wheatgerm in your diet to boost the production of serotonin.

Some people find that eating a banana an hour before they go to sleep helps them sleep longer, as bananas are a good source of tryptophan.

It’s also a good idea to have lettuce at night as it contains the natural sedative lactucarium, which encourages deeper sleep. But avoid having cheese during dinner, as it contains amino acids that can keep you awake.


The best foods to help you recover from fever, sore throat, cough and more

Whether you suffer from arthritis, sinusitis, menstrual cramps or other health issues, eating the right foods can help you feel better.

READ NEXT

10 health and wellness trends you’ll be adopting in 2021 and beyond

‘Heaty’ foods to avoid eating in Singapore’s hot weather

Improve your immunity system by eating these foods right now

Pineapple juice contains a mix of enzymes collectively called bromelain, which possesses anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate respiratory problems caused by asthma, infection and allergies.

Pineapple juice also helps to break up and expel thick and stubborn mucus that trigger coughing fits. Plus, by expelling mucus, it reduces the chances of you aggravating your throat by coughing, thus relieving a sore throat.

Even if you’re not under the weather, pineapple juice contains a host of benefits, including immunity-boosting vitamin C, so drink up!

Manuka Honey

One teaspoon before each meal helps to coat the throat and has antiseptic properties – the higher the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating, the greater the level of antibacterial activity. If the cough is making you feel tight-chested and congested, try adding horseradish, cayenne pepper or ginger to meals. As for whooping cough, tea made from fresh thyme can provide relief.

Chicken soup

There’s a reason why chicken soup has held its spot on the list of trusted remedies for colds. Boasting a host of vitamins and minerals essential for fighting a virus, chicken soup also provides the fluids and electrolytes required to keep you hydrated.

Aside from its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antioxidant properties, a steaming bowl of chicken soup also acts as a natural decongestant because it contains an amino acid that breaks apart mucus, and inhibits the cells that cause coughing and a stuffy nose.

Garlic and Onions

Garlic and onions are anti-bacterial and have antiseptic properties. Make a nourishing soup with six onions, a whole garlic, 2.5cm of grated fresh ginger, and some cayenne pepper mixed in a vegetable or chicken stock. You could also add lemongrass. For young children, you may have to leave out the cayenne pepper.

Lemon and Ginger Herbal Tea

Drink plenty of soothing lemon and ginger herbal tea. Make your own by finely chopping a 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger, then stand it in boiling water for 15 minutes with a squeeze of lemon juice and freshly chopped spring onions. Strain and sip.

Orange Juice

Drinking a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice every three hours is beneficial to recovering from a fever. Orange juice is rich in vitamin C and a great source of energy, enhancing your immunity to fight against the disease.

Migraines are linked to food intolerances, internal toxicity and sometimes, the menstrual cycle. It can also be a sign of liver congestion. Include turmeric, which contains curcumin, and fish, which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, in your diet. They have great anti-inflammatory properties and Omega-3 is an anti-coagulant too, naturally thinning the blood and reducing the severity of migraines. Esther suggests eating three servings a week.

Avoid mucus-producing foods such as full-fat milk, cheese, chocolate, white bread, croissants, pastries, cakes and anything that contains white flour and milk.

Garlic, onions, curries

Eat more garlic and onions. Hot curries with cayenne pepper also help clear the sinuses, as spices dilate the blood vessels and increase blood flow to the area, helping to clear any mucus.

Vegetable juices

Drink plenty of freshly blended vegetable juices – especially cucumber, carrot, parsley, kale and apple, which are very cleansing. Elderflower tea can also help to reduce congestion.

Pain is associated with inflammation. To reduce inflammation, bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, curcumin from turmeric, and Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are highly recommended. You can easily include these in your cooking.

If your joint pain is associated with high uric acid or gout, cherries or cherry juice extract are best to help mobilise uric acid out of the joints so it can be excreted in urine.

Eat at least one tablespoon of flaxseeds daily. You could swap this for sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds. They are rich in essential fats that are vital for healthy joints.

Other than that, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds and walnuts are all great options. An easy way to eat more of them daily is to place two tablespoons of each nut in a blender for a minute then transfer to an an air-tight jar to store in the fridge. Sprinkle over breakfast cereals, fruit salads or yogurt.

Green Vegetables

Consume more green vegetables that are high in calcium, magnesium and potassium, such as spinach and kai lan. They can reduce and prevent dysmenorrhea (excessive uterine muscle contractions), in addition to minimising the irritable feelings that usually accompany menstrual cramps. Dark green vegetables also contain vitamin K, a necessary substance for coagulation to prevent excessive bleeding.

Non-caffeinated Tea

Try to avoid caffeine because it can increase menstrual discomfort. Instead, opt for ginger tea to ease nausea and bloating. Chamomile tea can also relieve tension and eliminate muscle spasm, reducing anxiety during menstruation.

Crush fresh sage or thyme, put into a cup and pour in almost-boiling water, allow to cool and then gargle the infusion. Sage is anti-inflammatory and eases the soreness.

Bee propolis

You could also consume bee propolis or use an echinacea spray, as both are antiseptic.

High-fibre foods

Flaxseeds contain a blend of insoluble and soluble fibres, which bulk the stool, encouraging it to move gently through the bowel.

Fermented foods

Eat more fermented foods like yogurt, miso and tempeh. They all contain friendly bacteria that can relieve constipation.

Dark-coloured fruits and veggies

Apples, onions, fruits with a dark red or blue hue like cranberries, blueberries, and teas are main sources of quercetin. A natural antihistamine and flavonoid, quercetin helps to reduce allergic reactions. It is also present in red wine, berries, seeds, leafy green vegetables, chilli, parsley and red grapes, and is available as a dietary supplement.

Fresh, whole foods rich in antioxidants

Eat as much fresh and organic food as possible, because they are packed with good-quality nutrients.

Sprouts such as alfafa, and algae like spirulina and chlorella, contain a high amount of immune boosters. Spirulina is unique as it contains the rare blue pigment phytocyanin, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage. Studies have shown that spirulina activates the immune system to prevent the progression and spread of cancer cells.

Vitamin B-rich foods

Serotonin is a brain chemical that the body produces to help reduce anxiety and improve quality of sleep. It is made from a constituent of protein called tryptophan. You can include more sources of B vitamins such as fish, chicken, beans, avocados and wheatgerm in your diet to boost the production of serotonin.

Some people find that eating a banana an hour before they go to sleep helps them sleep longer, as bananas are a good source of tryptophan.

It’s also a good idea to have lettuce at night as it contains the natural sedative lactucarium, which encourages deeper sleep. But avoid having cheese during dinner, as it contains amino acids that can keep you awake.


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Pineapple juice contains a mix of enzymes collectively called bromelain, which possesses anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate respiratory problems caused by asthma, infection and allergies.

Pineapple juice also helps to break up and expel thick and stubborn mucus that trigger coughing fits. Plus, by expelling mucus, it reduces the chances of you aggravating your throat by coughing, thus relieving a sore throat.

Even if you’re not under the weather, pineapple juice contains a host of benefits, including immunity-boosting vitamin C, so drink up!

Manuka Honey

One teaspoon before each meal helps to coat the throat and has antiseptic properties – the higher the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating, the greater the level of antibacterial activity. If the cough is making you feel tight-chested and congested, try adding horseradish, cayenne pepper or ginger to meals. As for whooping cough, tea made from fresh thyme can provide relief.

Chicken soup

There’s a reason why chicken soup has held its spot on the list of trusted remedies for colds. Boasting a host of vitamins and minerals essential for fighting a virus, chicken soup also provides the fluids and electrolytes required to keep you hydrated.

Aside from its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antioxidant properties, a steaming bowl of chicken soup also acts as a natural decongestant because it contains an amino acid that breaks apart mucus, and inhibits the cells that cause coughing and a stuffy nose.

Garlic and Onions

Garlic and onions are anti-bacterial and have antiseptic properties. Make a nourishing soup with six onions, a whole garlic, 2.5cm of grated fresh ginger, and some cayenne pepper mixed in a vegetable or chicken stock. You could also add lemongrass. For young children, you may have to leave out the cayenne pepper.

Lemon and Ginger Herbal Tea

Drink plenty of soothing lemon and ginger herbal tea. Make your own by finely chopping a 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger, then stand it in boiling water for 15 minutes with a squeeze of lemon juice and freshly chopped spring onions. Strain and sip.

Orange Juice

Drinking a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice every three hours is beneficial to recovering from a fever. Orange juice is rich in vitamin C and a great source of energy, enhancing your immunity to fight against the disease.

Migraines are linked to food intolerances, internal toxicity and sometimes, the menstrual cycle. It can also be a sign of liver congestion. Include turmeric, which contains curcumin, and fish, which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, in your diet. They have great anti-inflammatory properties and Omega-3 is an anti-coagulant too, naturally thinning the blood and reducing the severity of migraines. Esther suggests eating three servings a week.

Avoid mucus-producing foods such as full-fat milk, cheese, chocolate, white bread, croissants, pastries, cakes and anything that contains white flour and milk.

Garlic, onions, curries

Eat more garlic and onions. Hot curries with cayenne pepper also help clear the sinuses, as spices dilate the blood vessels and increase blood flow to the area, helping to clear any mucus.

Vegetable juices

Drink plenty of freshly blended vegetable juices – especially cucumber, carrot, parsley, kale and apple, which are very cleansing. Elderflower tea can also help to reduce congestion.

Pain is associated with inflammation. To reduce inflammation, bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, curcumin from turmeric, and Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are highly recommended. You can easily include these in your cooking.

If your joint pain is associated with high uric acid or gout, cherries or cherry juice extract are best to help mobilise uric acid out of the joints so it can be excreted in urine.

Eat at least one tablespoon of flaxseeds daily. You could swap this for sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds. They are rich in essential fats that are vital for healthy joints.

Other than that, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds and walnuts are all great options. An easy way to eat more of them daily is to place two tablespoons of each nut in a blender for a minute then transfer to an an air-tight jar to store in the fridge. Sprinkle over breakfast cereals, fruit salads or yogurt.

Green Vegetables

Consume more green vegetables that are high in calcium, magnesium and potassium, such as spinach and kai lan. They can reduce and prevent dysmenorrhea (excessive uterine muscle contractions), in addition to minimising the irritable feelings that usually accompany menstrual cramps. Dark green vegetables also contain vitamin K, a necessary substance for coagulation to prevent excessive bleeding.

Non-caffeinated Tea

Try to avoid caffeine because it can increase menstrual discomfort. Instead, opt for ginger tea to ease nausea and bloating. Chamomile tea can also relieve tension and eliminate muscle spasm, reducing anxiety during menstruation.

Crush fresh sage or thyme, put into a cup and pour in almost-boiling water, allow to cool and then gargle the infusion. Sage is anti-inflammatory and eases the soreness.

Bee propolis

You could also consume bee propolis or use an echinacea spray, as both are antiseptic.

High-fibre foods

Flaxseeds contain a blend of insoluble and soluble fibres, which bulk the stool, encouraging it to move gently through the bowel.

Fermented foods

Eat more fermented foods like yogurt, miso and tempeh. They all contain friendly bacteria that can relieve constipation.

Dark-coloured fruits and veggies

Apples, onions, fruits with a dark red or blue hue like cranberries, blueberries, and teas are main sources of quercetin. A natural antihistamine and flavonoid, quercetin helps to reduce allergic reactions. It is also present in red wine, berries, seeds, leafy green vegetables, chilli, parsley and red grapes, and is available as a dietary supplement.

Fresh, whole foods rich in antioxidants

Eat as much fresh and organic food as possible, because they are packed with good-quality nutrients.

Sprouts such as alfafa, and algae like spirulina and chlorella, contain a high amount of immune boosters. Spirulina is unique as it contains the rare blue pigment phytocyanin, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage. Studies have shown that spirulina activates the immune system to prevent the progression and spread of cancer cells.

Vitamin B-rich foods

Serotonin is a brain chemical that the body produces to help reduce anxiety and improve quality of sleep. It is made from a constituent of protein called tryptophan. You can include more sources of B vitamins such as fish, chicken, beans, avocados and wheatgerm in your diet to boost the production of serotonin.

Some people find that eating a banana an hour before they go to sleep helps them sleep longer, as bananas are a good source of tryptophan.

It’s also a good idea to have lettuce at night as it contains the natural sedative lactucarium, which encourages deeper sleep. But avoid having cheese during dinner, as it contains amino acids that can keep you awake.


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Pineapple juice contains a mix of enzymes collectively called bromelain, which possesses anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate respiratory problems caused by asthma, infection and allergies.

Pineapple juice also helps to break up and expel thick and stubborn mucus that trigger coughing fits. Plus, by expelling mucus, it reduces the chances of you aggravating your throat by coughing, thus relieving a sore throat.

Even if you’re not under the weather, pineapple juice contains a host of benefits, including immunity-boosting vitamin C, so drink up!

Manuka Honey

One teaspoon before each meal helps to coat the throat and has antiseptic properties – the higher the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating, the greater the level of antibacterial activity. If the cough is making you feel tight-chested and congested, try adding horseradish, cayenne pepper or ginger to meals. As for whooping cough, tea made from fresh thyme can provide relief.

Chicken soup

There’s a reason why chicken soup has held its spot on the list of trusted remedies for colds. Boasting a host of vitamins and minerals essential for fighting a virus, chicken soup also provides the fluids and electrolytes required to keep you hydrated.

Aside from its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antioxidant properties, a steaming bowl of chicken soup also acts as a natural decongestant because it contains an amino acid that breaks apart mucus, and inhibits the cells that cause coughing and a stuffy nose.

Garlic and Onions

Garlic and onions are anti-bacterial and have antiseptic properties. Make a nourishing soup with six onions, a whole garlic, 2.5cm of grated fresh ginger, and some cayenne pepper mixed in a vegetable or chicken stock. You could also add lemongrass. For young children, you may have to leave out the cayenne pepper.

Lemon and Ginger Herbal Tea

Drink plenty of soothing lemon and ginger herbal tea. Make your own by finely chopping a 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger, then stand it in boiling water for 15 minutes with a squeeze of lemon juice and freshly chopped spring onions. Strain and sip.

Orange Juice

Drinking a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice every three hours is beneficial to recovering from a fever. Orange juice is rich in vitamin C and a great source of energy, enhancing your immunity to fight against the disease.

Migraines are linked to food intolerances, internal toxicity and sometimes, the menstrual cycle. It can also be a sign of liver congestion. Include turmeric, which contains curcumin, and fish, which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, in your diet. They have great anti-inflammatory properties and Omega-3 is an anti-coagulant too, naturally thinning the blood and reducing the severity of migraines. Esther suggests eating three servings a week.

Avoid mucus-producing foods such as full-fat milk, cheese, chocolate, white bread, croissants, pastries, cakes and anything that contains white flour and milk.

Garlic, onions, curries

Eat more garlic and onions. Hot curries with cayenne pepper also help clear the sinuses, as spices dilate the blood vessels and increase blood flow to the area, helping to clear any mucus.

Vegetable juices

Drink plenty of freshly blended vegetable juices – especially cucumber, carrot, parsley, kale and apple, which are very cleansing. Elderflower tea can also help to reduce congestion.

Pain is associated with inflammation. To reduce inflammation, bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, curcumin from turmeric, and Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are highly recommended. You can easily include these in your cooking.

If your joint pain is associated with high uric acid or gout, cherries or cherry juice extract are best to help mobilise uric acid out of the joints so it can be excreted in urine.

Eat at least one tablespoon of flaxseeds daily. You could swap this for sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds. They are rich in essential fats that are vital for healthy joints.

Other than that, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds and walnuts are all great options. An easy way to eat more of them daily is to place two tablespoons of each nut in a blender for a minute then transfer to an an air-tight jar to store in the fridge. Sprinkle over breakfast cereals, fruit salads or yogurt.

Green Vegetables

Consume more green vegetables that are high in calcium, magnesium and potassium, such as spinach and kai lan. They can reduce and prevent dysmenorrhea (excessive uterine muscle contractions), in addition to minimising the irritable feelings that usually accompany menstrual cramps. Dark green vegetables also contain vitamin K, a necessary substance for coagulation to prevent excessive bleeding.

Non-caffeinated Tea

Try to avoid caffeine because it can increase menstrual discomfort. Instead, opt for ginger tea to ease nausea and bloating. Chamomile tea can also relieve tension and eliminate muscle spasm, reducing anxiety during menstruation.

Crush fresh sage or thyme, put into a cup and pour in almost-boiling water, allow to cool and then gargle the infusion. Sage is anti-inflammatory and eases the soreness.

Bee propolis

You could also consume bee propolis or use an echinacea spray, as both are antiseptic.

High-fibre foods

Flaxseeds contain a blend of insoluble and soluble fibres, which bulk the stool, encouraging it to move gently through the bowel.

Fermented foods

Eat more fermented foods like yogurt, miso and tempeh. They all contain friendly bacteria that can relieve constipation.

Dark-coloured fruits and veggies

Apples, onions, fruits with a dark red or blue hue like cranberries, blueberries, and teas are main sources of quercetin. A natural antihistamine and flavonoid, quercetin helps to reduce allergic reactions. It is also present in red wine, berries, seeds, leafy green vegetables, chilli, parsley and red grapes, and is available as a dietary supplement.

Fresh, whole foods rich in antioxidants

Eat as much fresh and organic food as possible, because they are packed with good-quality nutrients.

Sprouts such as alfafa, and algae like spirulina and chlorella, contain a high amount of immune boosters. Spirulina is unique as it contains the rare blue pigment phytocyanin, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage. Studies have shown that spirulina activates the immune system to prevent the progression and spread of cancer cells.

Vitamin B-rich foods

Serotonin is a brain chemical that the body produces to help reduce anxiety and improve quality of sleep. It is made from a constituent of protein called tryptophan. You can include more sources of B vitamins such as fish, chicken, beans, avocados and wheatgerm in your diet to boost the production of serotonin.

Some people find that eating a banana an hour before they go to sleep helps them sleep longer, as bananas are a good source of tryptophan.

It’s also a good idea to have lettuce at night as it contains the natural sedative lactucarium, which encourages deeper sleep. But avoid having cheese during dinner, as it contains amino acids that can keep you awake.


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Pineapple juice contains a mix of enzymes collectively called bromelain, which possesses anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate respiratory problems caused by asthma, infection and allergies.

Pineapple juice also helps to break up and expel thick and stubborn mucus that trigger coughing fits. Plus, by expelling mucus, it reduces the chances of you aggravating your throat by coughing, thus relieving a sore throat.

Even if you’re not under the weather, pineapple juice contains a host of benefits, including immunity-boosting vitamin C, so drink up!

Manuka Honey

One teaspoon before each meal helps to coat the throat and has antiseptic properties – the higher the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating, the greater the level of antibacterial activity. If the cough is making you feel tight-chested and congested, try adding horseradish, cayenne pepper or ginger to meals. As for whooping cough, tea made from fresh thyme can provide relief.

Chicken soup

There’s a reason why chicken soup has held its spot on the list of trusted remedies for colds. Boasting a host of vitamins and minerals essential for fighting a virus, chicken soup also provides the fluids and electrolytes required to keep you hydrated.

Aside from its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antioxidant properties, a steaming bowl of chicken soup also acts as a natural decongestant because it contains an amino acid that breaks apart mucus, and inhibits the cells that cause coughing and a stuffy nose.

Garlic and Onions

Garlic and onions are anti-bacterial and have antiseptic properties. Make a nourishing soup with six onions, a whole garlic, 2.5cm of grated fresh ginger, and some cayenne pepper mixed in a vegetable or chicken stock. You could also add lemongrass. For young children, you may have to leave out the cayenne pepper.

Lemon and Ginger Herbal Tea

Drink plenty of soothing lemon and ginger herbal tea. Make your own by finely chopping a 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger, then stand it in boiling water for 15 minutes with a squeeze of lemon juice and freshly chopped spring onions. Strain and sip.

Orange Juice

Drinking a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice every three hours is beneficial to recovering from a fever. Orange juice is rich in vitamin C and a great source of energy, enhancing your immunity to fight against the disease.

Migraines are linked to food intolerances, internal toxicity and sometimes, the menstrual cycle. It can also be a sign of liver congestion. Include turmeric, which contains curcumin, and fish, which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, in your diet. They have great anti-inflammatory properties and Omega-3 is an anti-coagulant too, naturally thinning the blood and reducing the severity of migraines. Esther suggests eating three servings a week.

Avoid mucus-producing foods such as full-fat milk, cheese, chocolate, white bread, croissants, pastries, cakes and anything that contains white flour and milk.

Garlic, onions, curries

Eat more garlic and onions. Hot curries with cayenne pepper also help clear the sinuses, as spices dilate the blood vessels and increase blood flow to the area, helping to clear any mucus.

Vegetable juices

Drink plenty of freshly blended vegetable juices – especially cucumber, carrot, parsley, kale and apple, which are very cleansing. Elderflower tea can also help to reduce congestion.

Pain is associated with inflammation. To reduce inflammation, bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, curcumin from turmeric, and Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are highly recommended. You can easily include these in your cooking.

If your joint pain is associated with high uric acid or gout, cherries or cherry juice extract are best to help mobilise uric acid out of the joints so it can be excreted in urine.

Eat at least one tablespoon of flaxseeds daily. You could swap this for sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds. They are rich in essential fats that are vital for healthy joints.

Other than that, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds and walnuts are all great options. An easy way to eat more of them daily is to place two tablespoons of each nut in a blender for a minute then transfer to an an air-tight jar to store in the fridge. Sprinkle over breakfast cereals, fruit salads or yogurt.

Green Vegetables

Consume more green vegetables that are high in calcium, magnesium and potassium, such as spinach and kai lan. They can reduce and prevent dysmenorrhea (excessive uterine muscle contractions), in addition to minimising the irritable feelings that usually accompany menstrual cramps. Dark green vegetables also contain vitamin K, a necessary substance for coagulation to prevent excessive bleeding.

Non-caffeinated Tea

Try to avoid caffeine because it can increase menstrual discomfort. Instead, opt for ginger tea to ease nausea and bloating. Chamomile tea can also relieve tension and eliminate muscle spasm, reducing anxiety during menstruation.

Crush fresh sage or thyme, put into a cup and pour in almost-boiling water, allow to cool and then gargle the infusion. Sage is anti-inflammatory and eases the soreness.

Bee propolis

You could also consume bee propolis or use an echinacea spray, as both are antiseptic.

High-fibre foods

Flaxseeds contain a blend of insoluble and soluble fibres, which bulk the stool, encouraging it to move gently through the bowel.

Fermented foods

Eat more fermented foods like yogurt, miso and tempeh. They all contain friendly bacteria that can relieve constipation.

Dark-coloured fruits and veggies

Apples, onions, fruits with a dark red or blue hue like cranberries, blueberries, and teas are main sources of quercetin. A natural antihistamine and flavonoid, quercetin helps to reduce allergic reactions. It is also present in red wine, berries, seeds, leafy green vegetables, chilli, parsley and red grapes, and is available as a dietary supplement.

Fresh, whole foods rich in antioxidants

Eat as much fresh and organic food as possible, because they are packed with good-quality nutrients.

Sprouts such as alfafa, and algae like spirulina and chlorella, contain a high amount of immune boosters. Spirulina is unique as it contains the rare blue pigment phytocyanin, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage. Studies have shown that spirulina activates the immune system to prevent the progression and spread of cancer cells.

Vitamin B-rich foods

Serotonin is a brain chemical that the body produces to help reduce anxiety and improve quality of sleep. It is made from a constituent of protein called tryptophan. You can include more sources of B vitamins such as fish, chicken, beans, avocados and wheatgerm in your diet to boost the production of serotonin.

Some people find that eating a banana an hour before they go to sleep helps them sleep longer, as bananas are a good source of tryptophan.

It’s also a good idea to have lettuce at night as it contains the natural sedative lactucarium, which encourages deeper sleep. But avoid having cheese during dinner, as it contains amino acids that can keep you awake.


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Pineapple juice contains a mix of enzymes collectively called bromelain, which possesses anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate respiratory problems caused by asthma, infection and allergies.

Pineapple juice also helps to break up and expel thick and stubborn mucus that trigger coughing fits. Plus, by expelling mucus, it reduces the chances of you aggravating your throat by coughing, thus relieving a sore throat.

Even if you’re not under the weather, pineapple juice contains a host of benefits, including immunity-boosting vitamin C, so drink up!

Manuka Honey

One teaspoon before each meal helps to coat the throat and has antiseptic properties – the higher the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating, the greater the level of antibacterial activity. If the cough is making you feel tight-chested and congested, try adding horseradish, cayenne pepper or ginger to meals. As for whooping cough, tea made from fresh thyme can provide relief.

Chicken soup

There’s a reason why chicken soup has held its spot on the list of trusted remedies for colds. Boasting a host of vitamins and minerals essential for fighting a virus, chicken soup also provides the fluids and electrolytes required to keep you hydrated.

Aside from its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antioxidant properties, a steaming bowl of chicken soup also acts as a natural decongestant because it contains an amino acid that breaks apart mucus, and inhibits the cells that cause coughing and a stuffy nose.

Garlic and Onions

Garlic and onions are anti-bacterial and have antiseptic properties. Make a nourishing soup with six onions, a whole garlic, 2.5cm of grated fresh ginger, and some cayenne pepper mixed in a vegetable or chicken stock. You could also add lemongrass. For young children, you may have to leave out the cayenne pepper.

Lemon and Ginger Herbal Tea

Drink plenty of soothing lemon and ginger herbal tea. Make your own by finely chopping a 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger, then stand it in boiling water for 15 minutes with a squeeze of lemon juice and freshly chopped spring onions. Strain and sip.

Orange Juice

Drinking a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice every three hours is beneficial to recovering from a fever. Orange juice is rich in vitamin C and a great source of energy, enhancing your immunity to fight against the disease.

Migraines are linked to food intolerances, internal toxicity and sometimes, the menstrual cycle. It can also be a sign of liver congestion. Include turmeric, which contains curcumin, and fish, which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, in your diet. They have great anti-inflammatory properties and Omega-3 is an anti-coagulant too, naturally thinning the blood and reducing the severity of migraines. Esther suggests eating three servings a week.

Avoid mucus-producing foods such as full-fat milk, cheese, chocolate, white bread, croissants, pastries, cakes and anything that contains white flour and milk.

Garlic, onions, curries

Eat more garlic and onions. Hot curries with cayenne pepper also help clear the sinuses, as spices dilate the blood vessels and increase blood flow to the area, helping to clear any mucus.

Vegetable juices

Drink plenty of freshly blended vegetable juices – especially cucumber, carrot, parsley, kale and apple, which are very cleansing. Elderflower tea can also help to reduce congestion.

Pain is associated with inflammation. To reduce inflammation, bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, curcumin from turmeric, and Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are highly recommended. You can easily include these in your cooking.

If your joint pain is associated with high uric acid or gout, cherries or cherry juice extract are best to help mobilise uric acid out of the joints so it can be excreted in urine.

Eat at least one tablespoon of flaxseeds daily. You could swap this for sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds. They are rich in essential fats that are vital for healthy joints.

Other than that, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds and walnuts are all great options. An easy way to eat more of them daily is to place two tablespoons of each nut in a blender for a minute then transfer to an an air-tight jar to store in the fridge. Sprinkle over breakfast cereals, fruit salads or yogurt.

Green Vegetables

Consume more green vegetables that are high in calcium, magnesium and potassium, such as spinach and kai lan. They can reduce and prevent dysmenorrhea (excessive uterine muscle contractions), in addition to minimising the irritable feelings that usually accompany menstrual cramps. Dark green vegetables also contain vitamin K, a necessary substance for coagulation to prevent excessive bleeding.

Non-caffeinated Tea

Try to avoid caffeine because it can increase menstrual discomfort. Instead, opt for ginger tea to ease nausea and bloating. Chamomile tea can also relieve tension and eliminate muscle spasm, reducing anxiety during menstruation.

Crush fresh sage or thyme, put into a cup and pour in almost-boiling water, allow to cool and then gargle the infusion. Sage is anti-inflammatory and eases the soreness.

Bee propolis

You could also consume bee propolis or use an echinacea spray, as both are antiseptic.

High-fibre foods

Flaxseeds contain a blend of insoluble and soluble fibres, which bulk the stool, encouraging it to move gently through the bowel.

Fermented foods

Eat more fermented foods like yogurt, miso and tempeh. They all contain friendly bacteria that can relieve constipation.

Dark-coloured fruits and veggies

Apples, onions, fruits with a dark red or blue hue like cranberries, blueberries, and teas are main sources of quercetin. A natural antihistamine and flavonoid, quercetin helps to reduce allergic reactions. It is also present in red wine, berries, seeds, leafy green vegetables, chilli, parsley and red grapes, and is available as a dietary supplement.

Fresh, whole foods rich in antioxidants

Eat as much fresh and organic food as possible, because they are packed with good-quality nutrients.

Sprouts such as alfafa, and algae like spirulina and chlorella, contain a high amount of immune boosters. Spirulina is unique as it contains the rare blue pigment phytocyanin, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage. Studies have shown that spirulina activates the immune system to prevent the progression and spread of cancer cells.

Vitamin B-rich foods

Serotonin is a brain chemical that the body produces to help reduce anxiety and improve quality of sleep. It is made from a constituent of protein called tryptophan. You can include more sources of B vitamins such as fish, chicken, beans, avocados and wheatgerm in your diet to boost the production of serotonin.

Some people find that eating a banana an hour before they go to sleep helps them sleep longer, as bananas are a good source of tryptophan.

It’s also a good idea to have lettuce at night as it contains the natural sedative lactucarium, which encourages deeper sleep. But avoid having cheese during dinner, as it contains amino acids that can keep you awake.


The best foods to help you recover from fever, sore throat, cough and more

Whether you suffer from arthritis, sinusitis, menstrual cramps or other health issues, eating the right foods can help you feel better.

READ NEXT

10 health and wellness trends you’ll be adopting in 2021 and beyond

‘Heaty’ foods to avoid eating in Singapore’s hot weather

Improve your immunity system by eating these foods right now

Pineapple juice contains a mix of enzymes collectively called bromelain, which possesses anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate respiratory problems caused by asthma, infection and allergies.

Pineapple juice also helps to break up and expel thick and stubborn mucus that trigger coughing fits. Plus, by expelling mucus, it reduces the chances of you aggravating your throat by coughing, thus relieving a sore throat.

Even if you’re not under the weather, pineapple juice contains a host of benefits, including immunity-boosting vitamin C, so drink up!

Manuka Honey

One teaspoon before each meal helps to coat the throat and has antiseptic properties – the higher the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating, the greater the level of antibacterial activity. If the cough is making you feel tight-chested and congested, try adding horseradish, cayenne pepper or ginger to meals. As for whooping cough, tea made from fresh thyme can provide relief.

Chicken soup

There’s a reason why chicken soup has held its spot on the list of trusted remedies for colds. Boasting a host of vitamins and minerals essential for fighting a virus, chicken soup also provides the fluids and electrolytes required to keep you hydrated.

Aside from its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antioxidant properties, a steaming bowl of chicken soup also acts as a natural decongestant because it contains an amino acid that breaks apart mucus, and inhibits the cells that cause coughing and a stuffy nose.

Garlic and Onions

Garlic and onions are anti-bacterial and have antiseptic properties. Make a nourishing soup with six onions, a whole garlic, 2.5cm of grated fresh ginger, and some cayenne pepper mixed in a vegetable or chicken stock. You could also add lemongrass. For young children, you may have to leave out the cayenne pepper.

Lemon and Ginger Herbal Tea

Drink plenty of soothing lemon and ginger herbal tea. Make your own by finely chopping a 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger, then stand it in boiling water for 15 minutes with a squeeze of lemon juice and freshly chopped spring onions. Strain and sip.

Orange Juice

Drinking a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice every three hours is beneficial to recovering from a fever. Orange juice is rich in vitamin C and a great source of energy, enhancing your immunity to fight against the disease.

Migraines are linked to food intolerances, internal toxicity and sometimes, the menstrual cycle. It can also be a sign of liver congestion. Include turmeric, which contains curcumin, and fish, which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, in your diet. They have great anti-inflammatory properties and Omega-3 is an anti-coagulant too, naturally thinning the blood and reducing the severity of migraines. Esther suggests eating three servings a week.

Avoid mucus-producing foods such as full-fat milk, cheese, chocolate, white bread, croissants, pastries, cakes and anything that contains white flour and milk.

Garlic, onions, curries

Eat more garlic and onions. Hot curries with cayenne pepper also help clear the sinuses, as spices dilate the blood vessels and increase blood flow to the area, helping to clear any mucus.

Vegetable juices

Drink plenty of freshly blended vegetable juices – especially cucumber, carrot, parsley, kale and apple, which are very cleansing. Elderflower tea can also help to reduce congestion.

Pain is associated with inflammation. To reduce inflammation, bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, curcumin from turmeric, and Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are highly recommended. You can easily include these in your cooking.

If your joint pain is associated with high uric acid or gout, cherries or cherry juice extract are best to help mobilise uric acid out of the joints so it can be excreted in urine.

Eat at least one tablespoon of flaxseeds daily. You could swap this for sunflower, pumpkin or sesame seeds. They are rich in essential fats that are vital for healthy joints.

Other than that, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds and walnuts are all great options. An easy way to eat more of them daily is to place two tablespoons of each nut in a blender for a minute then transfer to an an air-tight jar to store in the fridge. Sprinkle over breakfast cereals, fruit salads or yogurt.

Green Vegetables

Consume more green vegetables that are high in calcium, magnesium and potassium, such as spinach and kai lan. They can reduce and prevent dysmenorrhea (excessive uterine muscle contractions), in addition to minimising the irritable feelings that usually accompany menstrual cramps. Dark green vegetables also contain vitamin K, a necessary substance for coagulation to prevent excessive bleeding.

Non-caffeinated Tea

Try to avoid caffeine because it can increase menstrual discomfort. Instead, opt for ginger tea to ease nausea and bloating. Chamomile tea can also relieve tension and eliminate muscle spasm, reducing anxiety during menstruation.

Crush fresh sage or thyme, put into a cup and pour in almost-boiling water, allow to cool and then gargle the infusion. Sage is anti-inflammatory and eases the soreness.

Bee propolis

You could also consume bee propolis or use an echinacea spray, as both are antiseptic.

High-fibre foods

Flaxseeds contain a blend of insoluble and soluble fibres, which bulk the stool, encouraging it to move gently through the bowel.

Fermented foods

Eat more fermented foods like yogurt, miso and tempeh. They all contain friendly bacteria that can relieve constipation.

Dark-coloured fruits and veggies

Apples, onions, fruits with a dark red or blue hue like cranberries, blueberries, and teas are main sources of quercetin. A natural antihistamine and flavonoid, quercetin helps to reduce allergic reactions. It is also present in red wine, berries, seeds, leafy green vegetables, chilli, parsley and red grapes, and is available as a dietary supplement.

Fresh, whole foods rich in antioxidants

Eat as much fresh and organic food as possible, because they are packed with good-quality nutrients.

Sprouts such as alfafa, and algae like spirulina and chlorella, contain a high amount of immune boosters. Spirulina is unique as it contains the rare blue pigment phytocyanin, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage. Studies have shown that spirulina activates the immune system to prevent the progression and spread of cancer cells.

Vitamin B-rich foods

Serotonin is a brain chemical that the body produces to help reduce anxiety and improve quality of sleep. It is made from a constituent of protein called tryptophan. You can include more sources of B vitamins such as fish, chicken, beans, avocados and wheatgerm in your diet to boost the production of serotonin.

Some people find that eating a banana an hour before they go to sleep helps them sleep longer, as bananas are a good source of tryptophan.

It’s also a good idea to have lettuce at night as it contains the natural sedative lactucarium, which encourages deeper sleep. But avoid having cheese during dinner, as it contains amino acids that can keep you awake.