Sickness comes with unpleasant feeling, which makes the human system respond abnormally to normal body signals. For instance, it could begin with lack of appetite, nausea, increase in body temperature, sore throat, headache, and other symptoms.
However, it is important to receive nourishment and stay hydrated, especially when you are feeling unwell or sick, in order to enhance quick recovery from the illness.
For this to be done, experts from Medical News Today have compiled a list of different foods that could be very beneficial for different ailments, and which could also fast track the recovery process from the sicknesses.
Below is the list of different ailments and beneficial foods:
Colds and flu
A blocked nose, a cough, and a sore throat are common symptoms of colds and flu. The following foods can help to ease congestion and inflammation and boost the immune system.
Honey has been used to treat a wide array of illnesses, ailments, and injuries. It can be mixed with other remedies and consumed or rubbed onto the skin. Honey can be used as a remedy for stress, weakness, sleep disturbance, vision problems, bad breath, teething pain, in children over a year old, cough and asthma, amongst others.
- Citrus Fruits and Berries
It’s no secret that citrus delivers a healthy dose of Vitamin C (51 mg in an orange, 38 mg in a grapefruit, and 30 mg in a lemon). And while vitamin C can’t prevent colds, research suggests it might reduce the duration and severity of them, explains Marisa Moore, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Studies show that the vitamin could help shorten the duration of your symptoms by about a day—which can make a big difference when you’re feeling unwell.
- Herbal Teas
The different types of herbal teas have been verified with their various benefits and remedies. When experiencing cold and flu symptoms, it is important to stay hydrated. Herbal teas are refreshing, and breathing in their steam can help to clear mucus from the sinuses.
Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
Viruses are the usual cause of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. These illnesses are usually self-limiting; which means the symptoms will resolve on their own in a few days. Occasionally, they come with fever, body aches and headaches. To get quick relief from any of these, you can eat any of the following foods:
Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional/alternative medicine. It has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few. Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice, and is sometimes added to processed foods and cosmetics. It is a very common ingredient in recipes. Ginger may also relieve nausea and vomiting after surgery, and in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. A person can make ginger tea by adding 1–2 teaspoons of fresh ginger to a cup of hot water. Steep the ginger for 5 minutes before straining the mixture and sweetening it with a little honey.
- BRAT Foods
BRAT diet foods are in fact easy on the digestive system because they’re bland and give the stomach a chance to rest. However, these foods alone lack vital nutrients that the body needs to get well, and this can lead to electrolyte imbalance and malnourishment. The key to eating when suffering from diarrhea is to choose nutrient-rich foods that add bulk to stool and help the body to absorb vitamins and minerals. A person should start slowly, sipping water regularly for the first few hours, before gently introducing other liquids, such as apple juice or broth.
- Coconut Water
An upset stomach occurs when the stomach lining becomes inflamed. Compounds called tannins that are present in coconut water may help to reduce this inflammation. Coconut water is also high in minerals such as sodium and potassium.
They can help the body to rehydrate quickly after diarrhea or vomiting. Coconut water is popping up everywhere in a variety of healthy beverages and you may be curious if it really lives up to the hype surrounding it. There has also been some interesting research regarding the cytokinin content of coconut water, which in the future may show some anti-cancer properties. Cytokinins are naturally occurring plant hormones that may help reduce the growth of cancer cells, although more research is needed at this time.