From folk remedies to pop-medicine trends, there are loads of sources out there telling us what to and what not to eat when we’re sick. We’ve gone straight to the scientists and pulled out some of the best medically-backed food remedies to prevent you getting sick and to help you feel better when you’re already sick. Check out this list of some of the 25 best foods to eat if you start feeling sick.
Asian cooks recommend ginger for nearly everything and rightly so – ginger helps prevent infection and heal you once you’re sick. This ancient root helps anything from nausea to constipation to bloating. Try it like the Chinese sometimes do as ginger eggs: add little bits of ginger to your scrambled eggs to reduce coughing.
The small, licorice-flavoured seeds often appearing in central European sausages, fennel seeds are wonderful for your respiratory system as they can decongest you and reduce coughing. Crush the seeds to make a tea or roast the bulb and stalks which you can find in most megamarkets – they add a nice zing to a mixed vegetable roast or soup.
One of protein’s major roles in our bodies is helping antibody production and fighting infection. Though oily, greasy foods might make you feel better for an instant, think about having roast turkey or chicken next time you feel sick.
Beans, Legumes, & Nuts
Benefitting you for some of the same reason as lean meats, the protein in beans, legumes, and nuts can help you get through sickness. Especially useful are Brasil nuts (just one meets your daily recommended amount of selenium, a cold- and flu-fighter) and sunflower seeds (packed with vitamin E, they can improve lung function and protect your cell walls).
Probiotic-Rich Dairy Products
Yogurt with various kinds of healthy bacteria (such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium longum) are hitting the market strong – and rightly so. With 10 trillion bacteria living in your intestines, it’s good to keep a high supply of the good variety when you’re feeling sick, especially when experiencing things such as vomiting and diarrhea which can wipe out some of your supply.