Choosing what to eat during the flu can greatly improve your well-being, as it is an excellent way to alleviate some of the symptoms such as fever, nasal congestion, body pain and feeling tired, as well as helping the body to recover.
During the flu, it is important to increase the intake of calories and fluids to help the body fight the virus, and also to increase the elimination of urine, which facilitates the release of toxins that can form.
The most suitable foods during the flu are:
1. Vegetable soup or soup
Drinking soup helps to fluidize secretions and to expectorate more easily. In addition, steam from hot vegetables also helps to unclog your nose.
Chicken soup is a great example of a good flu soup because it has vitamins A, C and E and protein, which help the body regain strength and increase the resistance of the immune system. In addition, the soup has sodium and potassium that help regulate body temperature, being useful in case of fever.
2. Herbal teas
Tea is a great home remedy for the flu because, in addition to hydrating, it is a hot drink and the steam helps with nasal decongestion. A good example of tea is chamomile, echinacea, mint and ginseng tea, which can be taken or inhaled to help unclog your nose.
In the case of inhalation, one of the most recommended teas for this purpose is eucalyptus and to carry out inhalation, prepare the tea and tilt your head over the cup, breathing its steam.
Cinnamon honey tea is also a great solution because it has antiseptic and antibacterial medicinal properties that help treat flu. Just boil 1 cup of water with 1 cinnamon stick and let it stand for 5 minutes. Strain and then take 3 to 4 times a day. Honey with propolis can be added to tea to lubricate the throat and reduce inflammation in case of coughing.
3. Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables increase the amount of water, fiber and vitamins C, A and Zinc, making the body able to react better to the virus in the production of antibodies. Being a good source of energy for the body that is debilitated. The most suitable are citrus fruits such as strawberry, orange, pineapple and lemon, which boost immunity.
Kale, carrots and tomatoes are sources of beta-carotene, act against infections and stimulate the immune system.
Lack of appetite is a common flu symptom that causes the illness to linger and that is why the consumption of nutritious, easily digestible and water-rich foods, such as those mentioned above, help in the recovery from the flu.
4. Yogurt or fermented milk
The consumption of yogurts and milks fermented with probiotics during the flu state helps to improve the intestinal flora and strengthen the immune system because they activate the body's defense cells, shortening the duration of the flu. Yakult and Activia are good examples of yoghurts rich in lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria that can be used to prevent and treat flu.
5. Natural seasonings
Garlic, mustard, and pepper are some examples of natural spices that can be helpful in decongesting the nose and dissolving phlegm, as well as helping to reduce fever and body aches. Rosemary, oregano and basil are also great options for seasoning and fighting cold and flu symptoms.
- Other foods includes Oranges, Banana, Oatmeal, Toast.
(Reference - https://www.healthline.com/health/what-to-eat-when-you-have-the-flu, https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ss/slideshow-flu-foods)
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