Eating When You Have A Cold

When you have a cold, you may not feel like eating very much at all. However, this is one of the worst things you can do, along with not getting enough rest. Your body needs nourishment, liquid included, in order to effectively fight your cold. To help speed your recovery, here are some of the most popular things you should eat and/or drink while you are feeling ill.

Chicken Noodle Soup

The broth in this soup helps to keep you hydrated. But even more than that, chicken noodle soup contains lots of vitamins and minerals that help you body fight off any inflammation, things mucus in your nasal passages, and generally makes you feel better. Pick your favourite brand or try making your own!

Hot Tea

Tea is yet another way to help give your body as much liquid as possible. Remember, one of the golden rules about having a cold is to keep yourself hydrated. We recommend low caffeine or caffeine-free teas like green or herbal tea while you are sick. These two play especially well into the next item on our list.

Lemon and Honey

Do you have a sore throat? Put some lemon and honey into hot water, tea, or even a small amount of whiskey! These combinations can help you soothe your throat, at least temporarily.

Spicy Food

If you have an irritated stomach, we recommend staying away from spicy food as it can irritate you further. If this is not the case, however, eating spicy food or drinking spicy broth helps to relieve congestion. No more stuffy nose for you! Just be aware that you may have watery eyes or a slight runny nose while you are eating. Keep some tissues nearby to help.


Even if you have an appetite, sometimes eating certain food when you are sick (whether it is a coldo r flu) can make things worse, at least temporarily. This is why you should adhere to the BRAT diet when you have an upset stomach while sick. BRAT stands for bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. These foods were chosen because they are some of the least likely to irritate your stomach. Eating them ensures you are still getting nutrition, such as vitamin C from the applesauce and potassium from bananas.

Eating these foods is sure to get you back on the right track. Feel better!