I am hoping you’re one of the lucky one’s and you are feeling great, healthy and strong as the cold and flu season prevails.
If you are sick right now, chances are you don’t have much of an appetite and food might not taste great either.
So, do you feed a cold or starve a fever?
Actually, there’s no definitive answer.
This old saying actually dates back to the ancient medicine idea that you will cool your body by giving it less fuel (food): or starving a fever, and that if a cold is making you chilled or weak, you need to stoke your internal fires by adding fuel (food).
Keep in mind that fighting off a cold or flu requires energy and, if possible, you should be fueling your body by eating light and healthy food – proteins, greens and fruit and whole grains.
Don’t kid yourself into thinking that being sick is an excuse to eat unhealthy “comfort” foods. Help your body back to feeling good by eating nutritious food that will boost your immune system.
Good nutrition allows our bodies to respond to germy invaders quickly and more efficiently.
Of utmost importance – hydration.
My advice is always to drink more water than you think you need and when you are ill, there is no exception.
Besides lots of water — clear soups, chicken soup, and green tea are great “go to” liquids whether you’re fighting the common cold or flu. Liquids overall help to flush the illness causing culprits from your system and are especially important to counteract dehydration caused by a fever.
While you are at it, add a little honey to that cup of green tea. Honey is an effective antibacterial and antimicrobial and cough suppressant.
Last, if you’ve really been knocked out by the flu, exercise is probably the furthest thing from your mind.
And it should be.
Taking a break and resting in bed is what you need right now. Exhausting your body by attempting to stick to a work out routine will only compromise your immune system further.
In the end, when you feel under the weather, bending the rules (a bit) is perfectly acceptable.
Follow your healthy eating routine as best you can, get plenty of rest and give yourself a chance to recover fully. Then, once you are back to feeling 100%, get back on track.