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Eat These Foods to Nip Your Cold in the Bud

Here are the foods you should be eating when you’re sick.


*Content courtesy of POPSUGAR Fitness

A healthy diet can boost your immune system, but if you still happen to catch a cold, or worse, the flu, it’s essential in helping you recover faster. Here are the foods you should be eating when you’re sick.

Beverages — Lots of Them

You may not feel like eating solid foods, but make sure to take in plenty of fluids. All-natural ginger ale and peppermint or ginger tea are good choices if you have an upset stomach, and electrolyte-infused beverages are a good option if you are making frequent trips to the bathroom. Real fruit juices like OJ, grapefruit, and apple cider will offer calories and nutrients to help feelings of dizziness from not eating, but if you have a stuffy nose, choose hot liquids such as tea with lemon or our apple cider vinegar brew.

Some other options: Green tea supports the immune system, and if you add a little honey, it will also coat your scratchy throat. Cold-pressed green juice is an easy way to get a huge amount of needed cold-busting nutrients.

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Easily Digestible Protein

Getting enough protein is important whether you are sick or healthy, because it strengthens your body. Since your stomach may not be up for digesting a steak and you probably don’t have the energy to cook an elaborate meal, choose easily digestible proteins that take little or no time to prepare such as eggs, tofu, or chicken.

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Flavonoids in Citrus Fruits

Even though vitamin C may not shorten the duration of your illness, don’t ditch citrus fruits altogether. The soft white skin found on oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes contains flavonoids, which increase immune system activity.

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Infection-Fighting Glutathione

Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to fight infection. It’s found in red, pulpy watermelon and also cruciferous veggies like broccoli, collard greens, kale, and cabbage.

Find out even more foods that can help fight colds over at POPSUGAR Fitness.

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