What do you eat when you're sick?
I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on television
You cannot watch the news today without hearing all about the Coronavirus pandemic. Entire countries like Italy are in lockdown to protect as many of their people as possible. More countries are following suit.
We are seeing people at stores across the world panic buying and fighting over toilet paper. Shelves are being swiped clean of fresh meat and bread, but there are still plenty of things that are (hopefully) in stock at your local shop that you can buy to help you get through this crisis.
Which foods help you feel better when you're sick? Here are six of mine -
1. Chicken noodle soup
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For me, it's difficult to eat when I'm sick (thankfully, I am not currently sick). When my body tries to fight an illness, I don't even want to look at most food. However, chicken noodle soup is always a welcome "meal" for me. I like the regular canned Campbell's kind. The salty broth is a gourmet meal to me. If you're up for making homemade chicken noodle soup, that is a perfect way to get more nutrients back into your system with fresh vegetables like carrots and celery.
2. Saltine crackers
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Saltine crackers are my favorite snack to have when I'm under the weather. They help calm my stomach, and the bland flavor is all I want. These are a popular choice of snack for sick people anywhere, as they are thought to help diminish nausea.
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A fresh orange or grapefruit is always so refreshing! The vitamin C in some citrus can be helpful to your immune system. I store mine in the refrigerator so that they're nice and cold for when I feel like having it. I like to keep my diet as clean and healthy as possible when I'm ill.
4. Ginger ale
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There has been controversy over whether or not Canada Dry ginger ale actually contains real ginger or not, although it does say so on their packaging. In 2018, a woman sued claiming false advertising and it ended with a large settlement. Regardless, ginger ale does make me feel better, and it is my go-to drink. Although this may seem to go against my own rule of healthy foods, I do believe in balance. For me, it's beneficial to have this sugar intake.
5. Hot tea with honey and lemon
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I enjoy a simple English Breakfast black tea with a dollop of honey for sweetness, and a few drops of fresh lemon juice for a kick. For times when I have a sore throat, the honey is perfect to alleviate some of the irritation. I usually opt for decaffeinated tea in the evening anyway, but it's even more beneficial during a bout of illness so that sleep comes easier.
Bananas are thought to calm nauseous stomachs. I've found this to be true, and while I usually have a bunch of bananas in my home on the daily, I buy a couple extra when I make it to the store before the worst of the sickness hits.
While you may feel too ill to want to consume anything, it is recommended to get something in your stomach to replenish nutrients you might be losing. However, any health choices you make, you should always consult your doctor first.
Everyone stay safe out there!