Even with the best cold fighting remedies and our annual trip to the doctor to get a flu shot, we can’t always escape sickness. It creeps up on us slowly and then one day we’re confined to our bed with Netflix and a box of tissues.
During our sick days it’s important to get a lot of rest and eat, but what you choose to put in your stomachs is important. Don’t order in Chinese food or a pizza when you can’t move from your bed. Make sure the food you digest fights your cold instead of instigating it.
We’ve provided a list of the best foods to help soothe your nose, stomach and that achy feeling we all despise. So read up and eat up!
Chicken Noodle Soup:
Listen to the old wives’ tale—broth based soup such as the classic chicken noodle soup will help soothe your cold. The ingredients in the soup contain the perfect cold alleviating mixture. The chicken has an amino acid called cysteine, which thins mucus in the lungs, and the broth moistens your nasal passages, prevents dehydration and fights inflammation in your throat! From childhood to now, chicken noodle soup will always be your best friend!
Sore throats and congestion is the worst! Hot tea, specifically green tea, can help with both! It’s rich with infection-fighting antioxidants, which help keep you hydrated and fight away the stuffiness.
When your parents tell you to drink a glass of orange juice because it’s good for your health, you should listen! The soft white layer of skin found on oranges, lemons, grapefruits and limes contains flavonoids, which helps improve the immune system and speed up recovery!
Hydration is key, and popsicles help do to the trick! Popsicles are easy on the throat and help alleviate chest colds by keeping mucus thin and reducing congestion. Try to make some 100 percent fruit juice popsicles; it’s better for you and your cold!
We may hate the effect spicy food has on our noses and eyes, but when we’re congested and can’t breathe, a runny nose and watery eyes is what we need! Spicy foods have natural decongestants, so grab some chili peppers, wasabi or horseradish and let the tears run down your face. You’ll be able to enjoy your taste and smell senses again!
Crackers and Toast:
When you have the stomach flu and you’re constantly vomiting, food sounds awful. However, it’s important to eat, and unsalted crackers and toast are very easy on the stomach and can help settle it. They won’t aggravate the nausea and can help stabilize digestion. When everything is coming up, crackers and toast will go down nicely.
The answer is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S! After vomiting, sweating and diarrhea, our potassium is often depleted, and since bananas are rich in potassium, they help replenish our bodies. Also, their mushiness makes digestion easy!
Ginger isn’t just a hair color; it’s a spice that actually helps prevent and soothe nausea, constipation, bloating and vomiting. So, pour yourself a cup of ginger tea or flat ginger ale and kiss your tummy troubles away!
Don’t let the sniffles take away your appetite. Try these fluids and immunity-boosting foods to help replenish your body and get it back to health. If you have any questions give us a call at (314) 522-8378 or visit our website http://www.dlabtest.com/.