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What Spicy Food Is Good For A Cold?

Spicy foods can help alleviate some symptoms of a cold by temporarily opening up nasal passages and promoting sinus drainage. Here are some spicy foods you can try.

Keep in mind that this is not medical advice! These recommendations are based on things that have worked for me.

Spicy Soups

Hot and spicy soups, such as Tom Yum or chicken noodle soup with added hot sauce or chili peppers, can provide warmth and relief.

Spicy Chili

A bowl of spicy chili with cayenne pepper, chili powder, or hot sauce can be soothing and help clear nasal congestion.

Spicy Tea

Ginger tea with a dash of cayenne pepper or hot green tea with added ginger and honey can provide warmth and comfort.

Spicy Salsa

Fresh salsa with hot peppers, onions, and tomatoes can be a flavorful addition to meals and may help clear your sinuses.

Wasabi and Horseradish

Incorporate wasabi or horseradish into your meals. These condiments have a strong, sinus-clearing effect. Go to the sushi place and get some hot miso soup and a sushi roll. Ask for extra wasabi and go at it!

Hot Curry

Spicy curries, especially those containing ingredients like garlic, ginger, and chili peppers, can be both flavorful and beneficial during a cold. 

Check out our spicy vegetarian curry recipe!

Spicy Pickles

Pickles with added chili peppers can add a spicy kick to your snack while potentially helping with congestion.

Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and sour soup, often found in Asian cuisine, can be spicy and may provide relief for cold symptoms.

Spicy Grilled Chicken or Fish

Marinate your protein with spicy ingredients like chili flakes, cayenne pepper, or hot sauce before grilling or cooking.

Spicy Omelet

Add hot peppers, onions, and other spicy ingredients to your morning omelet for a kickstart to your day.

Remember, individual tolerance to spicy foods varies, so it's essential to choose spice levels that are comfortable for you. Additionally, staying hydrated with water, herbal teas, and broths is crucial during a cold to help soothe your throat and maintain overall well-being. If you have any dietary restrictions or medical conditions, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before making significant changes to your diet.

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