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What to Eat When You Have the Flu – Best Ideas

November 21, 2019


What to Eat When You Have the Flu – Best
Ideas When you are sick, sometimes it’s hard to
know what to eat. What can you eat that will make you feel better? What should you avoid eating so you don’t
make your situation worse? It really depends on your illness, so we’ll
address what to eat and what not to eat based on the symptoms you’re experiencing. For most people, if they stay hydrated, that
should be enough if they don’t feel like eating. Some people who have other conditions such
as diabetes need to ensure they follow their doctor’s orders. Headache. If you have a headache with your cold or flu,
there are a few foods that you can incorporate into your diet if you feel well enough. First, make sure you are hydrated with plenty
of filtered water. If the water tastes funny right now, try adding
some fruit to it such as oranges and lemons. Also try adding a little caffeine to your
liquids. Avoid eating anything inflammatory. Sore Throat. If you have a scratch or sore throat, it can
help to suck on all-fruit low-sugar popsicles, veggie broth with lots of garlic, mashed sweet
potatoes, chamomile tea with lemon, or anything with ginger. Consider using honey as your sweetener for
anyone over two years of age. Any soft food like smoothies, oatmeal, and
so forth are good too. You may want to stay away from dairy right
now, though. Fever. If you have a fever and your stomach is okay
to eat, you can eat whatever you feel like eating, but eating water-rich food can help
your fever go down. Also try plain food like dry toast, crackers,
and biscuits if you are having trouble eating. The worst thing that can happen is forcing
yourself to eat when you are sick if you don’t have other medical reasons to do so. Body Aches and Pains. As long as your tummy is feeling okay, you’re
not vomiting too much or have bad diarrhea, try eating things like ginger, blueberries,
pumpkin seeds, salmon, and tart cherries to help you with body pains and aches. Coughing. Lots of foods help fight colds and flu – like
citrus, which is also good for coughing. If your tummy can handle it, drink OJ or eat
an orange. Or try an apple, apple juice, cranberries
or juice; all work great to help you feel better if you have a cough. Avoid dairy if you have phlegm as it can make
the drainage worse and make your throat hurt more. Fatigue. Believe it or not, there is nothing wrong
with adding a little caffeine to your day if you are sick. It can help fight headache and it also helps
with fatigue, which can help you get better faster. Just don’t overdo it. Again, being dehydrated (which people often
are when ill) can make you tired, so good old water and other hydrating foods are your
best bet to try first. Vomiting. This is one time when you should not eat when
you are sick. Instead, focus on clear broth, and you can
try so-called “BRAT” food like bananas, rice, applesauce, dry toast, crackers, and things
like that. You should avoid eating for about four hours
after vomiting other than hydrating. Diarrhea. If you feel like eating, go on the BRAT diet. Bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast or crackers
are your best bet. You can also eat boiled potatoes (sweet have
the most nutrition but they can make diarrhea worse, so avoid those). Make sure you avoid seasonings and dairy. Runny Nose. If you have a runny nose, you likely also
have phlegm which is causing a sore or scratchy throat. Again, avoid dairy but try drinking weak green
tea with honey. If you are having tummy issues, you may want
to avoid tea, though, and stick to citrus water. Get vitamin C, and if you feel like eating,
try broths rich with garlic, onion, and turmeric. Stuffy Nose. When your nose is stuffy, it can be irritating
because you are so uncomfortable about breathing. Try having some hot broth or chicken soup. Anything with steam will help relieve the
stuffy nose. If your tummy is okay, try eating something
spicy like this spicy hot soup. If your symptoms become severe, your breathing
becomes fast or challenging, or you have any chest pain or a fever above 104 degrees F,
you should get to the doctor as fast as possible. In fact, if symptoms don’t improve within
24 hours, you may want to go to a doctor anyway to ensure that you aren’t developing any
co-infections or complications. Thank you for watching our video. And don’t forget to subscribe to our channel
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  • Reply HelthyLifestyles November 19, 2019 at 9:33 pm

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