Best food to eat when sick

Best food to eat when sick

Everyone has family home remedies for when they were sick. Whether it was grandma’s special soup and crackers, sprite or ginger ale. Everyone always says to load up on vitamin C but does it work? What do you need to be eating to help you get over a sickness?  What do we need when we are sick? What helps us get over a cold, stomach virus or allergies?

Here is a list of foods and drinks that have shown to help you get over an illness

  • Hot tea helps sooth a sore throat and alleviates congestion. Green tea is full of antioxidants to help fight infection and support your immune system.
  • Chicken noodle soup – Dr. Stephen Rennard with the University of Nebraska published in Chest, the journal of the American College of Chest Physicians, that chicken soup contains anti-inflammatory agents that can ease cold symptoms.
  • Milk and or juice – Or just go outside because people who have low levels of vitamin D report colds more often than people who have high levels of vitamin D
  • Fish – Omega-3s found in fish such as salmon and tuna help reduce inflammation in the body, therefore helping your immune system work properly
  • Ginger – raw ginger root or a smoothie with ginger may help with nausea. Ginger has shown to ease an upset stomach
  • Bland food – helps ease your stomach and helps get calories into your system without upsetting and upset stomach
  • Water – Most importantly, when you are sick you need plenty of fluids. Vomit, diarreah and sweat can leave you dehydrated. Water replaces lost liquids as well as assists in flushing out bacteria

Vitamin C is one of the most common treatments for the common cold but does it actually work? Vitamin C is a necessary vitamin for the body to help with multiple functions but there is little to no evidence that shows that vitamin C will prevent or treat cold symptoms. I

The bottom line is that when you are sick you need nutrients and fluids. Getting the right vitamins and minerals and antioxidants are crucial in fighting viruses, bacteria and infections. However, the best way to handle sickness is to fight it before it gets you. Eating healthy and getting the right vitamins and minerals into your body on a daily basis will help you fight sickness ahead of time.

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