Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The Five Best Foods to Eat When You’re Sick #Healthy2020 #foodstoeatwhensick #healthyfoods

Today is another article in my ongoing #Healthy2020 series. Try as we might, sometimes we become ill or just feel a bit "off." While a visit to the doctor for a checkup and possible prescription medications may be appropriate, did you know that symptoms...and minor medical issues...can be alleviated with food? Today, The Weekend Gourmet correspondent is sharing five common foods that can alleviate minor symptoms and have you feeling better in no time. However, this article is not meant to provide any specific medical advice -- only YOU can decide whether you should call your doctor for an appointment. This article may contain affiliate links.


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If you're feeling unwell, you want to enhance your self-care routine and give your body what it needs to quickly recover. Trying to ‘power through’ and ignoring your symptoms may be tempting -- but it can mean you’ll feel under the weather for longer. If you want to speed up your recovery, take a look at these top five foods to eat when you’re sick:

(1) Popsicles

If you can’t stomach solid food, popsicles can be a great way to stay hydrated. While you should also aim to consume a decent amount of water, popsicles can be a simple and effective way to prevent dehydration. Tea or hot water with honey and lemon are also great liquids to stay hydrated. Remember – drinking when you are sick can increase the risk of dehydration, so steer clear of alcohol until you’re fully recovered. By taking in adequate liquids, you’ll enable your immune system to kick into high gear.

(2) Chicken Soup

Chicken soup has been a classic cure-all for centuries...but there are proven scientific reasons to consume chicken soup when you’re sick. In addition to containing a wide variety of vitamins and nutrients, chicken soup also contains cysteine. This amino acid has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral effects -- so it’s not surprising you tend to feel better after eating a bowl of chicken soup!

(3) Ginger

Many people swear by ginger to relieve nausea, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties. While you won’t want to gnaw on raw ginger, you can drink ginger tea, take ginger capsules, or even nibble on a ginger cookie to help alleviate your symptoms. Alternatively, sip ginger ale when you’re feeling unwell to reduce your symptoms and stay hydrated. It's important to ensure your chosen ginger remedy contains natural ginger -- not artificial flavoring.

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(4) Bananas

Many people turn to bananas when they’re feeling sick, simply because of how easy they are to eat. For example: if you have a sore throat, chewing and swallowing this soft fruit goes down easy. Additionally, bananas are routinely used on anti-nausea diets, so they can be helpful if you feel nauseated or are throwing up. Known for their high fiber content, bananas are also an excellent food to eat if you’re suffering from digestive upsets.

(5) Honey

Honey has been used to cure ailments for centuries -- and it’s used by millions around the world today. With antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties, honey can help you feel better -- and the high natural sugar content may even give you a boost of energy. Add honey to a warm glass of milk, tea...or even eat it on toast...when you’re feeling sick.

When you’re not feeling your best, you might not have much of an appetite. However, consuming the right foods can help your body fight viruses or bacterial infections. By identifying the foods that help minimize your symptoms, you’ll be amazed at the impact diet can have when you’re feeling sick.

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