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Here’s what you should eat and drink if you have the flu

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — When you’re sick with the flu, it’s hard to know what to eat and drink. That’s why we’ve put together a list of foods and liquids recommended by doctors to help you. So, to overcome the flu, the best remedy is water. Yogurt is also rich in vitamins that can reduce bowel dysfunction, which could help people with the flu who feel sick or sick.

In addition, broth, leafy vegetables, fruits rich in vitamin C and oatmeal will help you cope with the disease. This article was produced with the help of Tania Elliott, specialist in infectious diseases related to allergies and immunology at NYU Langone Health Hospital (New York). Here’s what to eat and drink if you have the flu:

What to drink when you have the flu

Water is the best thing you can consume to overcome the flu. ” During an infection , the basic metabolic rate of the body increases, which can lead to an increased loss of fluids. You must increase your hydration with water , in order to mitigate these losses”, explains Ian Nelligan , doctor at Stanford Health Care, California. He advises against sodas, sports drinks and fruit juices because of their high sugar content . Large amounts of sugar can cause diarrhea, which will further dehydrate you.

“A little sugar is acceptable when you are not feeling well, but the high sugar content in sodas, juices or Gatorade (an energy drink, note) can cause diarrhea. We therefore do not recommend them to people who have symptoms of diarrhea or an upset stomach from the flu,” said Jessica Cheng of the University of California Davis Health.

When it comes to low sugar alternatives like coffee and tea, avoid it. Prefer drinks without caffeine. Caffeine can cause headaches and restlessness, which can make your condition worse, especially if you combine it with certain over-the-counter cold and flu medications . What about alcohol? It is also to be avoided, explains Ian Nelligan: “Alcohol is dehydrating and should be avoided”.

What to eat when you have the flu

The flu is accompanied by a series of unpleasant symptoms , including muscle pain , a runny nose , vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms dehydrate you and deprive you of essential nutrients and calories to fuel your body so that it can fight infection.

This is why, in addition to water, you must eat certain foods to restore what you have lost. Doctor Charles Peters recommends these foods:

Broth
Chicken soup
Yogurt
Fruits rich in vitamin C
Leaf vegetables (ex: salads, cabbage, spinach …)
Broccoli
Oatmeal
Pepper
Horseradish

Chicken broth and soup contain large amounts of sodium, an electrolyte that can help keep your body hydrated by retaining water. However, be careful not to follow this advice if you have a medical problem that requires you to follow a diet low in sodium .

Yogurt is rich in protein, calcium, zinc , vitamin B and vitamin D, which can help reduce bowel problems. It also contains a number of probiotics , which promote healthy digestion. It can help people with flu who have nausea or vomiting.

Leafy vegetables, broccoli, and fruits – like oranges, strawberries, pineapples, kiwis, and mangoes – are rich in vitamin C , and studies have shown that it can shorten the duration of the disease . Vitamin C is also particularly effective in fighting colds .

The fiber in oatmeal can relieve stomach and intestinal problems.

Preliminary studies suggest that garlic and ginseng are other promising remedies, but more scientific evidence is needed to definitively establish their effectiveness.

Liquids for food: hydration is more important

When you’re sick with the flu, you may not want to do anything, including eating or drinking. So when it is time to act, what is most important? “Food is not as important as hydration during the acute illness. When you have a fever, your body uses more energy. It is therefore important to stay well hydrated and keep your electrolytes at level. Maintain adequate hydration is your number one priority , “said Jessica Cheng. “You may not be hungry when you have the flu. It’s normal,” she said.

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