Foods You Should Eat When Sick

By Sara Butler

Your grandmother probably told you to eat chicken soup when you were sick, but is this an old wives tale or is there actual science to back it up? It turns out food can provide your body with more than just calories to burn. When you’re sick there may actually be some foods that would do your body some good. Here’s a list of foods to eat when you’re sick, and why you should eat them.

Chicken Soup

This has been a food recommended to sick people for literally hundreds of years, and it’s not all hype. Chicken soup is an excellent source of minerals, vitamins, calories and protein your body needs when you’re sick. Plus, it helps to keep you hydrated and your electrolytes balanced when you’re sick.

There are some studies that have even found it to be useful in helping to relieve nasal congestion due, in part, to the steam the hot soup gives off. Chicken also happens to contain an amino acid that helps to break mucus up and also has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory effects. Chicken soup is really good for you when you’re sick!


Garlic is good for more than just keeping vampires away! For centuries it’s been used as a medicinal herb, having antifungal as well as antibacterial and antiviral effects. It’s also been found to give your immune system a boost. So, don’t be afraid to add garlic to what you’re eating when you’re sick, it may just help you to feel better, faster!

Coconut Water

Hydration is very important when you’re sick, but adding coconut water to your regimen may be a game changer. It doesn’t only taste good, it’s also full of electrolytes and glucose your body needs when it’s trying to fight off an invader. It also happens to be a great post-workout beverage and might even help with control of your blood sugars since it contains so many antioxidants.


Just like garlic, honey has been used for centuries due to its antibacterial impact and its high concentration of antimicrobial compounds that may just help you to fight off that illness. Ancient Egyptians used honey in wound dressings due to its powerful antibacterial effects, but it’s also a great way to battle a sore throat when you’re feeling under the weather. In children, honey has been found to be an excellent cough suppressant and a great way to soothe a sore throat, so next time you’re sick feel free to add some honey to your tea!

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