Food to Eat When Sick

July 30, 2014

In a previous post we discussed which foods to avoid when sick. In this article we will discuss some of the good foods and one specific one we love. If you happen to catch a cold or worse, the flu, a healthy diet is essential in helping you recover faster. Here are some foods you should eat when you’re sick.

Let’s Start with our Star: Greek Yogurt

The probiotics in yogurt have been found to shorten your cold or flu according to a recent study. Many yogurt products have a labeling that claim they are good for your digestive health and may boost immunity. So far, only some strains, like Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus reuteri have been scientifically shown to prevent colds therefore read the labeling carefully to ensure you are receiving these vital strains.

Easily Digestible Protein

Light meals that are high in protein can keep you feeling full longer and not interfere with the recovery process. Many times, heavy meals require extra energy to digest and preparation time. This is energy diverted from other important functions to the recovery process. Easily digestible proteins such as eggs, togu, cottage cheese, nuts, and oh yeah, greek yogurt.

Antioxidants

Some of the most powerful antioxidants known to man are readily available via your diet or supplementation. We all know vitamin C and it’s incredible benefits on muscle recovery and your immune system but there are other equally powerful antioxidants. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that actually cleanses your system, it acts like a filter for toxins. It can be found in vegetables like Broccoli, collard greens, kale, and cabbage. The amounts found in foods is relatively small so eat a lot of these vegetables or preferably, supplement with liposomal glutathione. Liposomal supplements are highly bioavailable and traditional glutathione supplements are not readily absorbed due to the chemical composition of glutathione.

B Vitamins

Vitamin B-complex is essential to proper digestion. Deficiency of vitamins B1, B6 and B7 (Biotin) can impair absorption of nutrients. Vitamin B6 in particular has been shown to promote vitamin absorption in the digestive system. The body produces energy from food through cell metabolism, and even a moderate deficiency of vitamins B1, B6 and B7 impairs energy production and can result in fatigue, irritability and weakness. This can prolong your recovery time, so even if you are doing everything right but are deficient in B vitamins, all those gains can be for nothing.

Liquids

Make sure to take in plenty of fluids. Water and ginger ale are good choices if you have an upset stomach.  Hot liquids such as tea with lemon and various green teas support your immune system, and if you add a little honey, it will also coat your scratchy throat

What other items do you go to when you aren’t feeling well?