Cold season is here. It is no fun! It's a fact of life but you don't have to take it lying down. You can fight the good fight.

The food you eat can play a big part in whether you get a cold or not. If you do get one it won't be a severe.

We have all heard the saying "feed a cold, starve a fever". I don't think I would heed the "starve a fever" part because when you are sick you need nutrition to fight off a virus. The part about "feeding a cold" I whole heatedly believe in.

Especially if you eat the right foods. The best part is if you eat the following food there is actually scientific study behind it.

If you love garlic then I have some good news for you. Garlic is great to eat when you are starting to feel a little under the weather. Garlic actually blocks enzymes that are a part of those bacterial and viral infections. Garlic also helps your immune cells. If you are worried about the stinky breath that comes with garlic, never fear garlic pills work too.

Almonds are another great food to eat. Almonds contain micro-nutrients in the outer skin that can help you fight off a cold by boosting the sensitivity of your white blood cells.

I know your mom always tells you to eat some chicken soup when you are feeling sick. Well, of course, she is not wrong! There is an immune-boosting compound in chicken that is called carnosine. Studies have shown that the soup helps with mucus, and it can help clear your nose if it is stuffed up.

Oysters are great to eat when you are fighting off a old. They have tons of zinc. Zinc is an active ingredient in a lot of cold medicines.

So with the right mix of foods when you feel a cold coming on.....you can eat your way to better health. Nothing better is less time with the sniffles.