When a person is ill, it can be challenging to develop an appetite. However, it is essential to maintain a diet and rehydrate, especially if you are not well.
Certain foods cannot cure the disease but eating a particular food can relieve symptoms and make you feel better. But the notable point is that what works for one person may not work for another. The best thing you can do when you are ill is to focus on what is helping you.
Herbal medicines and are probably best known for their anti-nausea effect. It is effective in relieving nausea associated with pregnancy and cancer treatment. So if you feel sick or vomit, ginger is one of the best natural remedies to relieve these symptoms. (1) (2)
Take advantage of these benefits by using fresh ginger to cook, make ginger tea, or buy ginger ale at the store. Make sure that what you use contains not only ginger flavor but also natural ginger or ginger extract.
Garlic offers many health benefits; antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal effects have been demonstrated in vitro and animal studies.
A study of 146 people found that participants who took garlic-based supplements had about 70 days less sick leave than others. However, this is insufficient proof that garlic helps prevent disease and that further research is needed.
In addition, dietary supplements containing garlic extract can improve immune function and reduce the severity of colds and flu. Adding garlic to food will increase the flavor and make it even more effective in combating the symptoms of colds and the flu. (3) (4)
4. Chicken Soup
Soup has been an integral part of the disease for generations-and for a good reason. It is an easy source of vitamins, minerals, calories, and protein. These are nutrients that the body may need in large quantities while recovering from illness. Chicken soup is also a rich source of water and electrolytes and is useful when you become dehydrated from diarrhea, vomiting, sweating, or fever. (5) (6)
The warmth of the soup helps reduce clogging, as hot and spicy liquids help. The chicken in the chicken soup also contains the amino acid cysteine. N-Acetylcysteine, a type of cysteine, dissolves mucus and has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. (7)
5. Coconut Water
Coconut Water is the ideal drink when you are sick. It is rich in electrolytes and hydrates your body in case of vomiting, sweating, diarrhea, and fever. (8)
It also contains a small amount of natural sugar, making it a quick and easy source of energy for the body. However, one study found that it produces more gas than other electrolyte beverages. If you haven’t tried it before, it’s a good idea to start slowly.
Bananas are an excellent food when you are sick. They are soft and rich in nutrients and fast-acting carbohydrates. Potassium in bananas also helps replenish electrolyte storage, as potassium is one of the most important electrolytes your body needs. (9)
Another great advantage of bananas is the water-soluble fiber found in bananas. Since water-soluble dietary fiber turns into a gel in the presence of water, diarrhea can be remedied by reducing the amount of free water in the digestive tract. (10) (11)
Honey can also stimulate the immune. Many people use local honey to relieve allergies, but there are currently no studies to support this use of honey. In addition, honey helps control coughing in children. However, it is not good for children under 12 months of age due to the risk of infection by bacteria that cause botulinum poisoning. (14) (15)
Tea is a popular remedy for viral infections, colds, and flu. Like chicken soup, hot tea acts as a regular decongestant. Tea needs to be hot to help constipation, but it should not be hot enough to burn the trachea.
Some teas include caffeine, but tea does not seem to contribute to dehydration or increase water loss, which means it’s a great way to drink tea all day long to relieve congestion and maintain hydration. (16)
Tea also carries polyphenols. These natural substances in plants can offer a variety of potential health benefits, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as potential cancer-fighting benefits. (17) (18)
9. Spicy foods
As chili peppers contain capsaicin, which makes them hot. Capsaicin may have a desensitizing effect at sufficient concentrations. They are often used in painkiller gels and patches. (19)
Many people report that eating spicy foods causes a runny nose, melting mucus, and cleansing the sinuses. Few studies have tested this effect, but capsaicin appears to thin the mucus and make it easier to drain. Capsaicin nasal drops have been used to relieve constipation and itching with good results. (20) (21)
However, if you already have nausea, avoid spicy foods. Spicy foods can cause gas, pain, and nausea in some people. (22)
Oatmeal is as boring and easy to eat like bananas, but it also provides the calories, vitamins, and minerals you need in case of illness.
A study of rats found that beta-glucan, a type of fiber found in oats, helps reduce intestinal inflammation. However, further research is needed to see if it has a similar effect on humans and helps alleviate gastrointestinal symptoms. (23)
Rather than buying artificially flavored oatmeal with a lot of sugar, consider adding a small amount of honey or fruit to oatmeal, further enhancing your health benefits.
11. Some Fruits
Fruits are rich in vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and fiber to help your overall health and immune function. Many fruits are loaded with vitamin C, antioxidants. Vitamins that allow the immune system to function correctly. (24)
In addition, some fruits carry an antioxidant called anthocyanins, which gives certain fruits to colors, such as strawberries and blueberries, a red and blue color. Anthocyanins are potent anti-inflammatory, antiviral and immune boosters that make berries an excellent food in illness. (25) (26)
Some animal and test-tube studies have shown that anthocyanin-rich fruit infusions can prevent common viruses and bacteria from adhering to cells. They also stimulate the immune response of your body.
12. Leafy Vegetables
Green vegetables such as spinach, romaine lettuce, and kale are rich in vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. They are a good source of iron, vitamin C, vitamin K, and folic acid. (27)
Dark green herbs also contain valuable phytochemicals called polyphenols. They protect cells from damage and act as antioxidants to combat inflammation.
Add spinach to your omelet to quickly create a nutritious, high-protein diet. You can also try adding a little kale to the fruit smoothie. Most leafy vegetables also make a great addition to the soup, which is another excellent choice when you are sick. (28)
Yogurt includes beneficial probiotics. It is a strain of bacteria that can establish the intestines and provide health benefits. (29)
According to a few studies, probiotics help children and adults catch colds, recover faster when sick, and reduce antibiotic intake.
According to one study, sick children who took probiotics felt better on average two days earlier, with symptoms about 55% milder.
However, some people report that dairy products can increase mucus secretions.
If dairy products exacerbate constipation, try probiotics (such as kelp tea) or different fermented foods containing probiotic supplements instead. (30)
14. Dried Fruits
All fruits are an excellent source of dietary fiber, but dried fruits such as apricots, figs, and plums usually contain the highest fiber. If you are having constipation, these fruits also have a natural cure called sorbitol. Sorbitol promotes defecation by drawing water into the intestines. (31)
Plums and apricots also contain polyphenols, increasing the number of healthy gut bacteria such as Lactobacillus and bifidobacteria, which help to stimulate the gut.
When someone feels sick, changing your diet can provide relief. One should try to follow the recommended diet for symptoms, avoiding foods that exacerbate the symptoms.
Rest, adequate fluid intake and a decent diet are some of the most important things you can do to feel better and recover faster in the event of an illness. Fortunately, many foods not only provide nutrients to the body but also have many benefits. Food alone cannot cure the disease, but eating the right food can support the immune system and relieve specific symptoms.
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