Dec 1, 2011

What to Eat When You're Under the Weather

by Mel Gardner

The fall semester is now coming to a close. The weather is colder, stress is higher and sleep is shorter. It's the perfect time to get sick. Cold or flu, sickness comes when you least want or expect it. Miserable and tired, you still try to accomplish everything, but you just want to get better. Rest and liquids are a given, but what can you eat that might help you recover quickly?

MIX! suggests:

Hot Soup: Yes mom, you were right. Hot soup is an excellent source of fluid, heat and salt that will help keep you hydrated and loosen mucus. Chicken soup in particular is good because the cooked chicken releases amino acids to reduce inflammation. Choose broth soups over creamy.

Yogurt: Creamy and delicious, yogurt has live cultures that are healthy for your immune system and can possibly even prevent you from getting sick in the first place. Try to avoid brands with lots of sugar.

Garlic: Aside from delivering bad breath, garlic helps clear the sinuses, reducing the duration of the sickness. Use a good amount in your sick food dishes.

Hot peppers: Similar to garlic, hot pepper clears your stuffy nose. It doesn't matter if the peppers are fresh or dried. Choose spicy foods with hot pepper seasoning to make blowing your nose easier.  

Vitamin C: Fresh foods rich in vitamin C such as oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli and juices, provide vital nutrients help boost your immune system so your body can begin to fight off infection. 

Honey: Swallow about a tablespoon of honey to sooth your throat. The sticky and delicious flavor will coat your irritated throat and prevent coughing.

Lean Meats: Rich in iron, lean meats such as chicken and fish will help sustain you.  
So next time you're feeling under the weather remember these healthy sick foods.

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