The seasons are changing and at some point during flu season, you might get sick. When you’re sick, the body becomes weak and tries to fight off the infection thus fueling a sick body is crucial to get better. The best way to fight off diseases is drinking plenty of fluids and eating foods that boost the immune system.
Although there is no instant cure for the common cold or flu, here are some foods that will make you well in no time!
· Sick Food #1: Chicken soup
The chicken contains amino acids called cysteine, that can help thin mucus and the hot broth helps with dehydration and keeps the nasal passages clear. Add some vegetables, like carrots and celery to ease congestion and breathe easier.
·Sick Food #2: Hot tea
This is another warm liquid that can help soothe a sore throat and help thin mucus and a stuffy nose. Tea is filled with antioxidants that help boost the immune system and keeps you hydrated.
·Sick Food #3: Spicy foods
Chili peppers, horseradish, and wasabi can relieve nasal congestion. However if you are experiencing stomach discomfort, steer clear of spicy and acidic foods.
·Sick Food #4: Bananas
Bananas are packed with potassium and can help lower body temperature if you have a fever. They also provide electrolytes you lose from sweating or vomiting.
·Sick Food #5: Ginger
If you are experiencing stomach pains, drink ginger tea or flat ginger ale. Research has shown that ginger prevent nausea, bloating, and help with vomiting.
·Sick Food #6: Crackers and Toast
Plain and unsalted crackers and toast are easy to digest and won’t irritate the stomach. Both low on sugar and starch content—they won’t cause stomach inflammation.
·Sick Food #7: Avoid drinking milk or dairy
It is believed that dairy can create a thickening mucus feeling and make congestion worse when sick. So when you’re feeling under the weather, skip the cream.
Even though, your appetite decreases when you’re sick, eating immune boosting foods and getting rest can impact how long a cold can last. So eat healthy and get better!