Food for Flu

By : James Yougler - Published On: July 27, 2017

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When you have the flu, you probably don't feel like eating very much. Even so, you surely got a bunch of tips regarding what to eat and what to avoid, from friends and family. But what should you really eat when you're down with the flu? Of course, the many nutrients that we can get through food can be a great help in preventing diseases, but when you find yourself already ill, the food you eat can get you healthy again much faster. Nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, water or amino acids can only be taken from food, unlike nonessential nutrients, which are produced by the human body.

So, what are the wonder foods that can help you get through illness? First of all, proteins are highly recommended, as well as Vitamins B6 and B12. You can get all these by eating about 50 grams of meat, fish, poultry, dairy products or eggs per day. Proteins are also found in beans, nuts or cereals, alongside selenium and zinc.

Boosting Your Immune System

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In order to boost your immune system, try eating fruit such as lemons, oranges and grapefruit, which contain flavonoids in their white skin. Another substance, found in watermelon, cabbage or broccoli, is glutathione, also a great immunity booster. Nonetheless, remember to eat a small portion from all the important food groups; and don't just rely on a single type of food, because you need all the help you can get in order to recover. Furthermore, don't let supplements completely replace fresh fruit or vegetables, as you don’t get all the nutrients that you need only through pills; it can even be harmful to do so. If your nose is congested, there aren't really any foods that can make it worse, except for dairy products, which can cause more mucus for some people. The best thing for you in this case is anything with lots of Vitamin C, especially freshly squeezed orange juice.

If, among the flu symptoms, you also have nausea or diarrhea, try to stay away from large quantities of food, and drink lots of clear fluids instead. Remember that warm drinks are preferred. When it comes to food, you should resort to toast, bananas and rice for a while, until the symptoms go away. Along with all this, there is always good old chicken soup.  Chicken soup has been proven to be of great benefit in dealing with the flu, as it has calming properties and lots of antioxidants. Remember that, even after you're better, you should continue with a balanced, healthy diet, as well as a good eight hours of sleep at night.