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Best Foods to Consume When You’re Under the Weather

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Even if the flavors elude you, you still need to nourish your body.

Have you ever attempted to consume a sandwich while you’re feeling unwell? I have, it’s not enjoyable. You can’t discern any taste, so essentially, you’re masticating a solid block. In times of ailment such as the common cold (and let me emphasize “common cold” here, not other ailments), it’s essential to supply your body with the sustenance it requires, even if eating becomes a burdensome task. The solution is straightforward, opt for nutrient-dense foods.

When faced with a scratchy throat, opt for a cup of tea, preferably herbal. Not only will tea aid in keeping you hydrated, but the herbs used infuse an array of advantages. Turmeric, for instance, stands out as a superb choice due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that can ease and mend your throat. Additionally, the catechins in tea assist in boosting your immune system, ideally shortening the duration of your ailment.

In addition to tea, fresh produce can be your closest ally. Especially citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, and lemons, are abundant in immune-boosting vitamin C. If you have a fever, indulging in a frozen fruit slushy can provide a significant immune system enhancement while simultaneously bringing down your body temperature. Some research suggests that quercetin, present in various berries, serves as a useful natural treatment for the viruses that congest your nasal passages, though the verdict remains inconclusive.

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Hence, fruits and herbal tea stand as your essential aids, but what should you avoid? Foremost, steer clear of dairy products. Milk and cheese can thicken your mucus, exacerbating sinus congestion. Moreover, abstain from alcohol, as it leads to dehydration and inflammation, thereby exacerbating your symptoms.

So, when you’re feeling under the weather, find a cozy spot, and delight in some fresh produce and herbal tea. Soon enough, you’ll be back on your feet.

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