To recover faster, you’ll need to consume nutrient-rich foods that will help your immune system fight back. Here are few tips on what to eat and what to avoid when you have a temperature:
What to have?
Any doctor will always tell you to drink plenty of fluids and water when you’re ill. Besides water, you can drink freshly prepared fruit juices (not canned or packaged ones). Just make sure the juice is not cold. You can also have warm soups and herbal teas (like Tulsi chai). The heat from these beverages and soups will clear up the nasal passages. Coconut water is an excellent drink to have to stay hydrated and provide your body with electrolytes.
Fruits are rich in vitamins and antioxidants that support the immune system. Having fruits on a daily basis (even when not ill) can build your immunity. When consumed during a fever, certain fruits can also boost immune cell functions. Fruits like oranges, kiwis, strawberries and watermelon contain vitamin C, which will support your immune system.
Protein will provide you with the energy you need to fight the fever. Have small amounts of it like scrambled eggs or chicken soup. Yogurt also contains protein along with calcium, vitamins and minerals.
Broths contain vitamins, minerals, calories and can be made flavoursome as well. They also keep you hydrated and give you the fluids you need during this time. It can be a vegetable broth, broth-based soups or the chicken soup.
Garlic can be added to any food – just don’t cook or fry it too much. You can even consume raw garlic with warm water to fight infection.
Vegetables like spinach and kale are packed with minerals and fibre and are excellent sources of vitamin A, C, K and folate. They also contain beneficial phytonutrients that help fight inflammation and protect cells from damage.
Spices mostly help you feel better if you have a stuffy nose. Spices can open up the nasal passages and provide relief. Remember not to have this if you’re suffering from an upset stomach.
What not to have?
Caffeine is diuretic in nature. It will leave you dehydrated; you can cut down or avoid coffee till you get well.
It includes carbonated drinks and sweetened juices. Refined sugar has been reported to temporarily suppresses the white blood cells’ ability to fight bacteria.
Meats that are difficult to digest
Red meat, certain fishes and meat that are difficult to digest should be avoided because the body needs this energy to fight the infection.
Oily junk food should be avoided, as they are also hard to digest. Oily, fried foods have excess fat, which can increase the inflammation.
Most fast foods and processed foods do not have any nutrition. Instead, they contain harmful ingredients like monosodium glutamate, preservatives and artificial colours.
If you’ve tried to nurse yourself back to health naturally, but the fever or other symptoms persist, do make an appointment with your doctor.
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