Along with the dreary winter weather usually comes winter colds. If you are stuck with the sniffles this winter, treat yourself to some Thai food. Many ingredients in Thai food have several health benefits, including easing colds. Below you will find an overview of some of the unique ingredients and how they can help.
Red and green chilis contain an ingredient called capsaicin that has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties and is also an effective decongestant. They will cause your eyes to water and nose to run, but this will release any blocked mucus and open up clogged nasal airways. Green chilis are also high in Vitamin C, which is also useful in fighting colds.
Garlic, ginger, and turmeric
- Garlic is useful in aiding colds because of its decongestant and antioxidant properties.
- Ginger fights inflammation and soothes sore throats.
- Turmeric is one of the most common ingredients in Thai food, and when combined with ginger, is like a double threat to the common cold.
All are used in traditional Thai home remedies that are developed to treat coughs and colds. And they have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant properties.
How hot should you go?
If you don’t eat a lot of spicy food regularly, it probably won’t take much to open up your membranes. If you do eat spicy food a lot, you will have to get some pretty hot peppers to get your nose running.
However, those that are hot in temperature as well will be beneficial. Look for spicy foods that have been prepared in a warm broth. The warm liquid will help open up and drain your sinus cavities, ease your breathing, expand your lungs, and relieve congestion.
Eating spicy foods can also increase your body temperature and cause you to sweat, which will help your body fight off viral and bacterial infections.