For all illnesses it is important to stay hydrated. Water is the best for that. Some foods help as well. Consider some common illnesses like stomach upset, cold viruses, influenza, and migraine headaches.
An upset stomach, with diarrhea and/or vomiting may cause a sense of hunger, but eating right away will worsen symptoms. When symptoms have finally stopped, then begin replenishing your body.
Besides small sips of water, drink weak tea. Add lemon and honey to help your body recover some electrolytes. The “BRATT” diet is recommended for intestinal disorders. That is Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Tea, and Toast (without butter or jam). Clear soups help, but not cream soups. Choose chicken soup or beef broth. Ginger ale helps settle the stomach. When symptoms remain gone, go back to a regular diet.
Colds and other viruses are very common. Symptoms may be coughing and congestion. Fresh fruits, especially kiwi and pineapple help alleviate a sore throat caused by sinus drainage. Herbal teas such as those with slippery elm help the throat as well by coating it. Hot spicy foods such as salsa or horseradish reduce congestion. Milk products increase mucus production for some people. Build your immune system with fruits, vegetables and lean meats especially. Chicken soup with vegetables and garlic helps as well. Broccoli and cauliflower as well as other cabbage family are high in nutrition.
Influenza causes a high temperature and lots of perspiration. Drink cool drinks, such as watered down fruit juices to replenish the minerals you lose when sweating and to cool your body. Iced drinks may bring on the chills so avoid those. To recover eat plenty of protein foods. Lean meats and chicken, and the proteins found in beans, nuts and low fat dairy help to recover strength.
The frequency and duration of migraines seems to improve with anti-inflammatory foods. Foods rich in calcium and magnesium are also beneficial. Fruits and vegetables help fight dehydration which is a migraine trigger for some migraine headaches. If you suffer from migraines be sure to eat cherries and beets for anti-inflammatory properties, and all types of melons as well as other fruits increase hydration as well as restoring electrolytes. These foods increase hydration and provide magnesium, calcium and potassium to help your muscles in your scalp and neck relax.
Eat healthy foods to improve health when you are sick and help prevent illness when you are well.