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?
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
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
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.