So, you are not feeling very well, or there is someone else in your home who has fallen ill. In both cases, it would be nice for the individual suffering to get better as soon as possible, as well as for the people in their lives. There are many things you can do to help speed up the process of recovery. One of the big things is to rest, of course, but a lot has to do with what you eat and drink when sick. With this in mind, here are three great foods to eat when sick:
Chicken soup has been on the list of remedies for the common cold for as long as most people can remember. It isn’t a vaccine or a complete cure by any means, but it does provide your body with many of the tools it needs to combat the cold symptoms, so you tend to recover much faster. Chicken soup is a great source of vitamins, minerals, protein, et cetera—all of which you need in larger quantities when your body is sick. In addition, the broth is excellent for fluids and electrolytes. Hydration is key every day, but becomes even more important when you are ill, and doubly so when you have a fever.
You know at this point fluids are critical when sick, which is why the second thing you should consumer when sick on this list is some hot tea, ideally herbal. The hot herbal tea acts as a natural decongestant, which means you can help clear your sinuses and also sooth your throat (especially if you include honey in your tea). It should be hot for this effect, but remember to avoid getting it too hot, because that could cause further irritation.
You can drink any tea to obtain good benefits when sick, but watch the number of mugs of black tea you drink. While there is less caffeine in those than coffee, you want to limit your consumption so you can avoid dehydration. This is why we recommend herbal teas as well as green teas when sick. If you want both, try one mug of black tea in the morning and switch to green or herbal after that.
In many instances, your stomach will be quick to rebel when sick. Thus, one of the best things you can do is to only consume bland foods when sick. Among the top items on this list is oatmeal. It is a filling meal, but you can also control the flavouring, especially when you make the oatmeal from rolled oats yourself rather than a prepackaged version bought from the store. The bland nature helps reduce the risk of your stomach not tolerating the meal.