A strong immune system is essential to get over a cold or flu.
Nutritients that will help are:Vitamins C, E, and A
are all vital to the operation of the immune system.Omega-3 fatty acids
are the precursors for series-3 protaglandins, compounds that are involved in the regulation of the immune systemOnions
contain compounds that have antibiotic properties and serve as anti-inflammatory agents, helpful in reducing the severity of respiratory congestionGarlic
also contains sulfur compounds that have been shown to be effective against colds and fluShiitake mushrroms
contain the phytonutrient lentianan, which has been found to power up the immune system and strengthen its ability to fight infection.Nuts and seeds
are rich in selenium and zinc which are important for immune system support.
Source: The World's Healthiest Foods: Esstential Guide for the healthiest way of eating.
Any of the cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, would be fantastic to help kick your immune system into high gearhttp://whfoods.org/eathealthy.php
Food list: http://whfoods.org/foodstoc.php
However, it takes a while for the body to respond to a change in nutrition. Oh well, better now that never. To relieve the symptoms in the meanwhile a pain reliever like Tylenol...or aspirin if you can tolerate it....aspirin is a good anti-inflammatory drug..... and an anti-histamine, like Benadryl will prolly make you feel better while you recover.
But also, for god's sake, REST
....let your body put its energy into fighting the infection of this virus and bacteria that are taking advantage of your weakened state.
Also, when I am laying down resting, I like to put a heating pad across my upper face to warm my sinuses....but still allow me to breathe....the warmth is soothing and draws the blood with its infection-fighting white blood cells to the sinuses.....a bed, a heating pad, and an ipod of relaxing music....I am often sound asleep very quickly.