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Foods to Eat When You're Sick


With cold and flu season lingering and seasonal allergies right around the corner, it seems like the aches and pains of illness just won’t quit. Many of these maladies are incurable, and must be suffered through while trying to manage stifling symptoms. There are plenty of different ways to naturally boost immunity and ease the way through illness – including aromatherapy, chiropractic, and even yoga. But the foods we eat while sick can also help aid in recovery – think of how your mom always made soup when you were home sick. There is some validity to this, as many different vegetables, fruits, and other foods can promote healing from different symptoms.

For those suffering with a sore throat, eating anything seems unbearable. Luckily, there are many foods that can be swallowed easily and will coat the throat in order to ease pain. Drinking a glass of lukewarm peppermint tea with a touch of Manuka honey can promote healing and stop the pain. Make sure the tea is not too hot, or you may risk worse damage.

Headaches, which are quite common both in sickness and in health, can be caused by dehydration. Try drinking water and other healthy fluids first to see if that eases the pain. If you woke up exhausted and pounded some coffee, which may dry you out. Drink a glass of water and wait patiently, while breathing deeply. If your body aches as well, try to increase your magnesium levels. This mineral is known to ease soreness and can be found in bananas, leafy greens, and avocados.

Whether trying to heal from a terrible cold or looking to avoid picking one up, there are foods you can avoid. Processed foods are never a good idea, as the chemicals within can be difficult for the body to handle. Try avoiding sugars – drink water instead of pop if you can. Many high sodium foods such as deli meats and anything with MSG can harm the body and has been shown to increase blood pressure. This increase can trigger aches and pains and decrease the power of the immune system. Eat healthy foods and get enough water and you’ll be feeling better in no time.

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