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iVillage: 10 Tricks You Haven’t Heard to Prevent Colds & Flu

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Grab Some Ginger

“Ginger contains over a dozen anti-viral properties helping to fight some of the viruses that cause colds and flu,” says Lynn Anderson, Ph.D., a natural health expert and author of "Recipes for Health, Happiness, Sex and Love."

Research has shown that ginger has antibacterial properties, and may be helpful in preventing some infections. Buy it fresh or ground to boost your immunity this winter. Anderson recommends a tablespoon of fresh shaved ginger or a teaspoon of dried ground ginger a day. Try adding it to a morning smoothie, eating it with sushi or steeping it in some tea.

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