Top Foods To Eat When You're Sick
It's that time of year when the weather is changing to wet, rainy and cold! Before you know it you start feeling a sore throat, stuffy nose, achy body... yep, you're sick!
We all know it sucks to be sick. And sometimes we try to carry on with our lives (especially Reign Fitness Family) as usual instead of focusing on getting better. However, taking a few days of recovery that get you to 100% sooner is more effective in the long run than feeling 50% for weeks!
Quality foods are the cheapest, most abundant and most effective “medicine” available to you. Your immune system is your strongest line of defense against the bacteria and viruses introduced to your body. Supporting health with adequate nutrition (along with a few other factors) is key in feeling your best. Here are some things to consider next time you feel a sickness coming on:
Did you know that the digestive system makes up over 70% of your immunity? There are chemicals and bacteria in your mouth, stomach, and intestines that help you break down your food and fight off infection. You can support the “good bacteria” by focusing on getting lots of pre- and probiotics in your diet.
Here are some examples:
Vegetables: garlic, asparagus, artichokes, leeks, onions Fruits: citrus fruits, bananas, apples, berries, kiwi Nuts and seeds: flax seeds, chia seeds Healthy carbs: barley, beans, oats, wheat, quinoa, potatoes
Dairy: yogurt, cheese, kefir Fermented foods: kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, soy sauce Chicken soup: (your doctor wasn’t lying!) This fan favorite is full of anti-inflammatory nutrients and provides the fluids and electrolytes your body needs to heal ASAP.
Green tea can help boost B cell antibodies, which help us fight off infection.
Honey has antibacterial properties. It’s especially helpful to relieve a cough.
Elderberries if you can get your hands on them, this fruit has anti-viral properties!
HYDRATION Keep the water and electrolytes coming when you’re sick, especially if you have the stomach bug and you’re losing water at a faster pace than usual.
SLEEP If you don’t log enough hours, your immune system becomes suppressed and is less effective in fighting off sickness. Prioritizing sleep (we’re looking at you, naps!) will speed up recovery.