Preparing for the Flu Season with Nutrition
Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever?
Does this old adage have anything to it or is it an old wive’s tale? Well, truth be told, the simplest approach is to listen to your body.
If you are suffering from any ailment that affects your Gastrointestinal tract, like the flu, you probably won’t feel much like eating. That is because the process of digesting food requires most of your energy, and when your body is trying to rid itself of flu-like bugs or the like, it needs to focus what little energy it has on doing just that.
Remember to Hydrate
If you are suffering from a flu and fever, keep in mind to hydrate, as a fever will raise your body temperature and that could lead to dehydration. If you feel like eating, eat what you can tolerate. If you have a common cold with no fever and feel like eating, then you should definitely eat foods that have optimal nutrition and will help speed up your recovery.
Get Back on Your Feet Faster
Here are some nutritional foods that can help you get back on your feet sooner and tame that flu:
- Garlic – Has been known to lessen the duration of a cold and act as a natural antibiotic.
- Chicken Soup – Just what mom gave you when you were sick and she was right to do so. Chicken soup provides valuable electrolytes, it is warm, tasty and known for soothing colds.
- Honey – One of natures foods that does not spoil is very effective at suppressing a cough and soothing a sore throat.
- Elderberries – This potent berry is effective at reducing the duration of a cold.
Try to Avoid Getting the Flu
The best thing we can do, however, is to avoid getting sick. That can be achieved through proper nutrition including supplementation with vitamin c, zinc, elderberry extract, ginseng, stevia and selenium as well as taking preventative measures. This would include avoiding over exercising / over-training, under-eating, washing your hands regularly, getting sufficient rest, eating a balanced, nutrient dense diet and reducing stress.