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Sick? Stock Up on These Foods!

By Stepy Kamei

Getting sick is never fun, but it is an inevitable health issue for the vast majority of us. Whether you've caught the common cold or the flu, you'll be stuck dealing with all kinds of symptoms that, simply put, just aren't fun to deal with. Therefore, it's good to be as prepared as possible when it comes to facing the season of sickness. 

In addition to getting plenty of rest and staying hydrated, it's important to make sure you're all stocked up on the kinds of foods which can actually help reduce the length of your illness. Furthermore, some foods have been shown to reduce the severity of your symptoms, making for a more comfortable time while you get over the illness. Keep on reading to learn more about which foods you should always have on hand to prepare for the next time you feel like you're coming down with something.

Chicken Soup/Broth

We've all heard the common saying that chicken soup is essential when fighting off a cold, but why exactly is that the case? To put it simply, chicken soup is a great way to get fluids, protein, vitamins, and minerals you may have a harder time digesting from most other food sources while you're sick. For instance, if you're dealing with a sore throat and/or nausea, there won't be many foods that seem appetizing or even comforting to consume, even though your body needs fuel to survive, let alone fight off the infection. Warm soup made with chicken broth is an easily delivered package for all kinds of vital nutrients. The hot steam from the soup also acts as a safe and natural decongestant, relieving one of the worst cold symptoms out there. Be sure to stock up on chicken soup or stock even when you're feeling fine, so it's always on hand when you need it.

Garlic

Garlic has been known to fight off colds and infections for centuries, being used as a medicinal herb in many cultures around the world. Garlic contains powerful anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, and it's also known to stimulate the immune system. Many scientific studies have shown that people who eat garlic or take a garlic supplement tend to get sick less, or tend to have shorter and less severe illnesses than those who don't.

Bananas

Bananas are part of the well-known BRAT diet (bananas, rice, apples, toast) that is recommended for those who are sick, as these bland foods tend not to upset the stomach. Bananas in particular are mild, yet nutritious, providing your body with potassium as well as soluble fiber, which can help calm the stomach.

Generally speaking, bland foods are ideal while getting over an illness, but you want to make sure you're getting as much nutrition as possible as well! Be sure to consult with your primary healthcare provider for further information on what you can do to stay healthy all year long.

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