Super/Food – How to fight the flu

Super/Food | How to fight the flu on Hanna's Places

Hi, all! Are you all enjoying the Spring weather we have at the moment?

Over here it’s been glorious the whole week – almost summer weather! –  and I’ve been enjoying it as much as possible: Walking (even jogging) outside at the lake, reading some new favourite books on the balcony, getting some sun on my face.

Even though it’s starting to feel like Spring outside, I’ve also noticed that almost everybody I meet is fighting the flu at the moment (what about you?).

That’s why I thought it would be only fitting to publish a new issue of Super/Food, this time featuring all the superfoods you should eat when you want to fight that runny nose.

Super/Food | How to fight the flu on Hanna's Places

Super/Food | How to fight the flu on Hanna's Places

Here you go:

Almonds | If you’re a little interested in smart eating, you probably already know that nuts, especially almonds have a ton of health benefits. The vitamin E your daily dose of almond contains can reduce your chance of catching a cold. I love putting some different kinds of nuts in my cereal in the morning.

Ginger | Ginger can also be called ‘Nature’s Aspirin’. It appears to be anti-inflammatory and contains a variety of essential oils. I like to put together some fresh ginger, mint and a lemon and enjoy it as a hot tea!

Garlic | I know it doesn’t really smell all that good, but garlic has so many great health benefits. It is said to be antimicrobial and also immune-stimulating properties. Maybe you can just put some in your chicken soup (which seems to be one of the best meals to fight of the flu, even though nobody quite knows why)?

Sea Buckthorn | Sea Buckthorn contains more Vitamin C than any citrus fruit. It’s quite hard to prepare sea buckthorn yourself, so it’s best to buy the juice at your local health food store (just make sure there aren’t too many additives in it!).

Citrus Fruits | Yes, I just said that Sea Buckthorn contains way more vitamin C than any citrus fruit, but still – those little orange and yellow fruits have tons of healthy vitamins inside of them. And they taste good.

Tea | I love drinking tea when I’m ill because I think the fact that it’s a hot drink really helps, don’t you think? Well, I’ve also found out that it actually helps fight of the flu since it includes catechins that help your body fight free radicals. And not only that, if you drink five cups of of black tea a day  you can quadruple the power of your body’s immune defense system after two weeks (researchers at Harvard University say that!).

Blueberries | Blueberries are also packed with vitamin C, dietary fiber and anti-oxidants. You don’t even have to eat many to benefit from all those nutrients. Although I bet, that eating lots of blueberries isn’t really a sacrifice ;) Other berries are great as well, especially brightly coloured ones like strawberries.

Red Peppers | I might be repeating myself, but red peppers are also great for you since they are full of vitamin C. One red pepper has about 150 milligrams of this vitamin. That’s twice the daily amount a healthy woman needs. I love eating raw peppers, but there are tons of great recipes out there as well.

I hope you find some food you like on this list! I’m really hungry now after writing this, so maybe I should take my own advice and make some chicken soup. What are your best remedies to fight of the flu? Any secret tips from your grandma ;)?
All pictures taken by Danielle Marshall, taken for Super/Food. See more of her work here.
Please note: I am not a trained nutritionist, I just have some basic ideas and knowledge of what’s good for you that I wanted to share.


  • Emily
    March 12, 2014


    I always hear ginger tea is the best remedy, but I just can’t seem to muster up the courage to drink it!

    • Hanna
      March 12, 2014


      I love ginger tea, you should definitely give it a go! It actually tastes quite good in my opinion (a little hot though if you don’t pay attention ;)

  • Miranti
    March 12, 2014


    Great post, Hanna! I’m keeping this on-hand for this coming winter. Thanks for sharing! Hot lemon tea with honey is my saviour :)

    • Hanna
      March 12, 2014


      Of course, I forgot that you still have winter ahead of you, I’m glad I could share some tips! Hot lemon tea with honey is definitely a favourite of mine as well :)

  • libys11
    March 13, 2014


    awesome!! i love red peppers! and as much as you say that garlic doesn’t smell good, i really think it makes everything taste so good!! hahaha! :D

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    • Hanna
      March 13, 2014


      You’re right about the garlic, it tastes really good :)

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