Feed a cold, starve a fever
One of the many popular sayings that exists among our society. I also believe it’s one of those quotes that we take for its word and don’t actually look into it to see if it’s true. Here at Cleangoodeats however, we turn to our friend Google to research before we act. We found that there’s actually half truth to the saying. The body requires energy in the form of calories to effectively fight off infection and recover. The thing is, this applies to a cold as well as a fever. Starving a fever isn’t necessarily accurate. So when it comes to a cold and/or fever, how can we attack these things with nutrition?
There are foods packed with nutrients that, if you make them part of your diet on a daily basis, can strengthen your immune system and quite possibly prevent seasonal sickness from happening all together. Just to cover all bases, we’re going to look at preventative foods, as well as those you can eat if you find yourself in the middle of fighting off a cold or fever.
- Ginger tea – Ginger is a rockstar food when it comes to cold and flu season. Its anti- inflammatory properties boost immunity.
- Garlic – Full of antioxidants and packs an even bigger antioxidant punch when consumed raw. Because of its strong flavor, it may be difficult for most people to eat raw. If this is true for you, look into aged-garlic extract capsules.
- Wild Salmon – It’s filled with zinc, which is a nutrient that assists with decreasing cold symptoms, and it’s quite tasty!
- Dark chocolate – This is a fun one! Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants
- Cruciferous veggies – Vegetables like broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale, bok choy (the list goes on) also boost your immune system.
- Blueberries – Blueberries are full of antioxidants and are helpful in treating and preventing coughs and colds.
In the thick of it
In addition to the foods listed above, here are a few more you can grab if you’re already in full-blown cold/fever/flu mode:
- Citrus fruits – Oranges, lemons, grapefruit, they’re all up for grabs when it comes to taking in enough vitamin C. You can eat them as they are, make fresh juices with them, or add them to recipes.
- Water – Of course an everyday consumption, but staying hydrated when you’re sick can help with things like loosening trapped mucus. Staying hydrated is especially important during this time because we’re more likely to lose more fluids when we’re under the weather.
- Warm soups – Chicken soup is a staple in any sick person’s diet because it just makes us feel all warm and cozy inside. Warm soups aid us in things like soothing sore throats and relieving congestion. Try throwing in some herbs and spices such as turmeric, garlic as mentioned
If you don’t feel like eating?
There are times when you just don’t feel like eating during a sickness, but during these times, it’s still important to stay hydrated. Smoothies that contain vitamin C rich fruits and veggies, coconut water and electrolyte filled sports drinks are great options. Teas and broths are also good to consume.
I hope this information is enough to help you boost your immune system at all stages this season!