Good Nutrition to Help You Recover from the Flu

Good Nutrition to Help You Recover from the Flu

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If you do contract the flu or a cold, don't despair. Be sure to nurture your body with plenty of rest and drink lots of liquid.  If you don't feel like eating, do not force yourself. Consume liquids such as water, juices, herbal teas, and soups, like Miso, for a day or two. Digesting liquids requires less energy than digesting solid foods and fluids help to thin secretions, making it easier for the body to clear them, and also help to prevent constipation and flush toxins from the body.

Eat a balanced alkaline diet (80% alkaline/20% acid) as it increases resistance to infection and improves vitality.  Include mushrooms, such as shiitake, maitake, and reishi. They are shown in studies to boost the body's immune response. 

There are some foods that can boost your immunity to help you fight the flu, such as:

Lemons: help to keep the acid/alkaline chemistry balanced.  Is an antiseptic as well as an anti-scorbutic, which will assist in cleansing the system of impurities.  Drinking lemon juice regularly aids in eliminating waste more efficiently therefore controlling constipation and diarrhea. It is also a stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other toxins.

Leafy Greens: Eat dark leafy green vegetables like kale, Swiss chard, and spinach provides vitamins B12, folic acid, potassium, vitamins A, C & K which supports a healthy immune system.

Fermented Foods:  Beneficial bacteria are found in fermented foods.  They increase "good" bacteria such as acidophilus and bifidus which can be found yogurt, buttermilk, kefir and miso which also contain probiotics and add healthy bacteria to the intestinal tract. Sauerkraut boosts the immune system and is very high in Vitamin C.

Red beet: health claims associated with beet juice state that it makes the flu virus inactive.  It is beneficial for the kidneys and is an internal cleanser.

Honey: Honey acts as a natural antibiotic with antiseptic properties. In addition to its impressive antibacterial activity, studies have shown that honey’s antiviral properties make it effective in treating cold and flu symptoms.

Grapefruit: is high in vitamin C. It also helps detoxify the liver and helps to build immunity.  All citrus fruits become alkaline when metabolized in the body.

Spicy foods:  Eating hot peppers promotes sweating and eases many flu symptoms. Hot peppers also help to open up clogged nasal passages. They even release endorphins in your brain which create a good mood feeling, which is important when you are sick.  Other spicy foods include garlic, horseradish, and cayenne.

Most importantly, give your body time to heal. Take your sick days and rest at home so you don't "share the wealth" and spread the infection. You may even want to pop a few comedies into the DVD player; laughter is thought to help improve immune system function, and may help you recover more quickly.  It certainly can't hurt!


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These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration.  The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.

 


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