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In Which We Talk About What to Eat for a Bad Cold…

Hot soup, savory custard, spuds...
Hot soup, savory custard, spuds…

One minute, it’s brutally hot and the sun beats down upon people’s heads, relentlessly trying to melt pedestrians onto the sidewalk.  The next, as it is while I’m writing this post, the skies go iron-gray, thunder rumbles, and a chill rain falls even as a cold wind begins to blow in.  Such has been the weather in this part of the world of late that I and a lot of other people have ended up with really gruesome colds.

The thing about a cold is that one tends to lose appetite as the tastebuds are pretty much shot to hell because one’s nose is all blocked up and one becomes unable to discern both aromas and flavors.  Not to worry though, as there are a number of things you can actually gobble up and they do make you feel better.

  • Kimchi  These spicy Korean pickles are jam-packed with Vitamin C and are loaded with infection-busting ingredients like capsaicins (from the chilies) and garlic.  They’re also a great way to keep the typical bland foods fed to many cold patients tasty and exciting.  Try them on congee or chop up cabbage kimchi and use it as a tasty and spicy addition to homemade coleslaw;
  • Black garlic  This superfood has lots of antioxidants.  Best used to flavor soothing soups, but if you can’t get bulbs, look for instant ramen packets flavored with this not-so-incendiary bulb;
  • Fish and seafood are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammations within the body and zinc to kick-start your immune system (Hence my bingeing on plenty of fresh salmon and tuna the other day…);
  • Ginger, bulb fennel, and anise are all excellent infection fighters and can soothe raw throats and bunged-up sinuses when drunk as tea.  Be sure to sweeten yours with honey and not sugar;
  • Soups – especially clear broths, chicken noodle (classic), and miso soup – are all excellent cold busters and help you feel much better;
  • Fresh fruit is also ace and it’s best to stock up on Vitamin C-rich citrus and potassium-rich bananas; and
  • Yogurt, believe it or not, is actually great for bringing internal bacterial levels back to normal.

Keeping all these in mind, plus throwing in lots of rest and staying away from crowds, you’ll be feeling better in no time.  🙂



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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