In recent years we have heard more and more about the health benefits of foods. We know that the right combination of nutrients can help ward off illness, prevent illness, or cure illness. During flu season you may be wondering what you can eat to help get you through it quicker.
Eating popsicles while you are sick can help to soothe a sore throat and will introduce fluids into your body without triggering the nausea that often times accompanies the flu. This will help you stay hydrated, which is essential when fighting the flu. Choose popsicles that are made from 100 percent fruit juice and have minimal to no sugar.
Protein is essential for keeping your body strong and healthy. Eating a sandwich made with any lean meat or eating other high protein foods can help you regain your strength and allow your body to fight off your infection faster. You may not feel like eating, but it is necessary to keep up your strength while fighting off your illness.
When you are feeling sick you do not want to mess around with fixing meals. Drink 100 percent fruit juice or a mixed vegetable drink to load up on immune-boosting antioxidants and to stay hydrated. Ensure that your drink is not loaded with sugars, preservatives, or sodium.
Remember that old wives’ tale of eating chicken soup when you are sick. Well, there is scientific evidence that shows that chicken soup may help with healing and may even have an anti-inflammatory effect. In fact, studies have shown that hot chicken soup can aid the tiny hairs in the nasal passages to work better at protecting the body from bacteria and viruses.
Of course, do not forget to get plenty of vitamin C in your diet, drink plenty of fluids, and get lots of rest.