Adults are plagued by colds approximately 2-3 times per year, which results in missed days at work and decreased work productivity. The common cold produces symptoms such as sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, cough, and just feeling plain old lousy. If you want to continue being the office prodigy that you are, you need to take some precautions this season. Wash your hands regularly, stay away from the drinking fountain that your sick coworker just made out with, and make sure you have zinc in your diet.
Researchers reviewed 67 studies examining the effectiveness of cold remedies and found that only zinc was beneficial. In fact, a study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases found that 13.3 milligrams of zinc every 3-4 hours cut down the duration of colds by 50%.
Zinc is an essential mineral that keeps your immune system healthy and helps build proteins. When you’re sick, your protein needs increase. Chicken is high in zinc and protein. Mom’s old chicken soup remedy makes sense now, doesn’t it?
Here are some high-zinc foods to add or keep in your kitchen:
•Shellfish: oysters (Have the highest amount of zinc out of all foods!)
•Meats: beef, lamb, and chicken
•Kefir or yogurt
To your health, J!