It sucks to feel sick. You do not want to go out; you do not want to do anything. You feel miserable. The most difficult part of being sick is eating. The wives tale goes “Feed a cold and starve a flu.” This is not true. In reality, when we are sick, our body needs more calories to function normally.
To help your body heal, aside from taking medicines; doctors suggest fuelling it with healthy and nutritious food. However, this is not easy. When you have sore throat, swallowing can be difficult.
Whether you are suffering cold, flu or sore throat, here are some foods that can help you bring back your energy.
1.- Hot Tea
Warm liquids can soothe a sore throat and alleviate congestion. Tea has natural bacteria fighting compounds that can help your body fight infections. Freshly brewed green tea or hot water with lemon is ideal for staying hydrated while helping that stuffy nose.
If you are having nausea, it is advisable that you drink ginger ale. It has a natural anti-nausea component. Drinking ginger beverages can help your sick stomach. You can make your own ginger tea by pouring boiling water over slices of ginger and honey.
3.- Citrus Fruits
Vitamin C found in fruits can help reduce the length of colds. Fruits like oranges, lemon and grapefruits contain flavanoids, which can help boost the immune system and are great for speeding recovery.
If you are having trouble with your stomach, eating banana can help. It is easy to digest and rich in potassium. They are high in fruit sugars, which can boost your energy. They are effective in reducing nausea, hangover and morning sickness. It has many nutrients that can ease an upset tummy.
Studies show that honey can fight infection in multiple ways. It has polyphenols, high sugar concentration, hydrogen peroxide, osmotic effect, and a natural acidity. They all protect the body from bacteria and actively target and destroy bacterial cells.
You can mix honey to your warm tea if you are having sore throat. It has the antimicrobial property that can kill bacteria. It is sweet and delicious so you will not have a hard time taking it.
6.- Spicy Foods
The hardest part of being sick is when you cannot smell and cannot taste. What you need is to clear your sinuses. The best remedy for this is eating super spicy food. Your body reacts to the burning sensation by loosening up the mucus that is clogging your body. Its strong flavors will be easier to taste than bland foods.
A research from 2011 that was published in the journal, Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, lined cayenne pepper spice to improving circulation, making digestion more efficient. It is also good in relieving pain and congestion related to flu symptoms.
When you have stomach pain, eating may be the last thing you prefer to do. However, this will not help. If you can, try eating unflavored, unsalted crackers. Its salty taste can help absorb excess stomach acids. Enjoy plain crackers instead of cheese, butter or herb flavored. They may taste better yes, but they could be too heavy on your sensitive stomach.
If you are having hard time drinking fluids while sick, you can try eating Popsicle. These frozen treat can help you rehydrate. The cold can also help numb a sore throat. However, you have to be careful. Choose only pure juice Popsicles to get natural fruit sugars and energy. Refined sugars can cause a headache and further have negative impact on the body’s ability to fight off infection. Always look for natural fruit juices.
The next time you feel sick; try eating these to make you feel better.
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