How to Treat Flu Symptoms with Food

There is now scientific evidence that chicken soup can reduce inflammation and improve the ability of cilia, the tiny hair-like parts of the nasal passages, to protect the body from bacteria and viruses. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

There is now scientific evidence that chicken soup can reduce inflammation and improve the ability of cilia, the tiny hair-like parts of the nasal passages, to protect the body from bacteria and viruses. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Home sick with the flu? You’re not alone. Here are 10 foods that can help your body to recover and feel better faster (via WebMD):

  1. Popsicles. These icy treats can soothe a sore and swollen throat, and also work to keep you hydrated. Opt for 100 percent fruit juice versions to make sure you’re getting vital nutrients, too.
  2. Turkey sandwich. If you can stomach it, getting some lean protein into your system powers it up to fight your illness and make a faster recovery.
  3. Vegetable juice. Low-sodium vegetable juice offers many of the same immune-boosting antioxidants of a salad in an easier-to-digest liquid. Craving a sweeter taste? Try 100 percent fruit juice.
  4. Chicken soup. Mom was right: there is now scientific evidence that chicken soup has mild anti-inflammatory properties. Studies also show that it can improve the ability of cilia, the tiny hair-like parts of the nasal passages, to protect the body from bacteria and viruses.
  5. Garlic. This member of the onion family stimulates your immune system and can also provide some relief from congestion. Try adding some to soup.
  6. Ginger. If you’re suffering from a stomachache or nausea, try eating ginger. It has long been used to ease nausea, and some studies suggest it can help fight inflammation, too. Try adding freshly grated ginger to other foods, or drinking flat ginger ale.
  7. Hot tea. Green, black and oolong teas all contain powerful antioxidants, and breathing in the steam can help to relieve congestion. Sore throat? Try adding a spoonful of honey.
  8. Banana. This fruit is easy on the stomach, so if you’ve been hit with nausea and vomiting, this is one of the best foods to try eating first. It’s also the first part of the BRAT diet of bananas, rice, applesauce and toast, recommended for those recovering from a bad case of the flu.
  9. Toast. White toast is easy to digest and also provides a satisfying crunch that can relieve hunger when you’re not feeling well. It also goes well with chicken soup.
  10. Meal replacement drinks. These drinks can make it easy to ensure you’re getting the essential calories, vitamins and minerals as you’re recovering. Look for low-sugar, lactose-free options that include at least 6 grams of protein.
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    Great post!

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