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What are some foods that help with the common cold or minor ailments? Bitters are great. I know it sounds kind of intimidating to get children to eat those, but bitters are actually found in fruit and vegetable peels and dark chocolate. For adults, they are found in coffee. Bitter compounds aid digestion and boost immunity in the gut and the ear, nose, and throat. It helps boost our total immunity and prevent things such as coughs and colds, strep throat, and vomiting. There are even bitter tonics you can buy for kids.
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