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Foods to Eat While Sick

By Sara Butler

Whether you’re feeling ill due to cold, some seasonal allergies, or something more serious like the flu, when you’re sick you may not feel like eating much of anything at all. In those times, what should you do? Not eating will take a toll on your body, including your immune system -- which needs to be kept healthy to help you get better. So, the longer you don’t have an appetite, the more concerning it is.

If you’re feeling sick and your appetite seems to have gone the way of the dodo bird, then you may want to check with a medical professional. In the meantime, there are a few things you should try to make sure you’re eating whether you want them or not. Here are a few suggestions.


It’s very important to stay hydrated when you’re sick, especially if you have diarrhea or a fever. If your digestive system isn’t feeling great, then go for clear liquids such as water, sports drinks, or tea with honey and lemon. These can help to keep you hydrated without making your stomach feel too bad.

If you think you can handle it, sipping on broth is not a bad idea either. It can help to nourish you even when you’re not feeling great.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is a classic dish when you’re feeling under the weather and for good reason! The warm chicken broth helps you to deal with a sore throat, helps to clear decongestion, and keeps you hydrated so you feel better overall.

Plus, the onions, celery, and carrots are great sources of antioxidants to help protect your body’s cells from damage. Chicken provides protein and the noodles are carbohydrates for energy. It’s pretty much the perfect food for someone who is sick and not getting their regular level of nutrition.

Bland Foods

Sometimes an upset stomach, nausea, and stomach cramps are on the table when you're ill and that doesn’t make you feel like eating anything at all. But eating a diet with some bland foods can help to keep you nourished and is easy on your digestive system. Try toast, bananas, applesauce, or rice when your stomach is upset. They won’t strain your system and will help you to get some nutrition when you’re sick.

Even if you don't feel like eating, it's important to keep your body hydrated and nourished. Try some of these strategies!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lake Forest, Calif.

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