Most of the time, the last thing you want to do whenever you’re sick is to eat. But that’s exactly what you need to do in order to get well as soon as possible. You don’t really want to stay sick for way too long and end up being so far behind at work. After all, the second last thing you want to end up doing is struggle to catch up with the rest of your colleagues. So, do as the doctor says. Hydrate yourself and feed a cold to fight a cold. If you’re worried about hurting your already sore throat, fret not! A vast majority of the foods on this list shouldn’t exacerbate your condition.
There’s a reason why chicken soup is a total classic for soothing a cold. Not only is it warm, delicious, and easy to consume even when your throat feels similar to sandpaper, but it’s also packed with nutrients that are necessary to help your body fight an infection, recover, and repair itself. Chicken, in particular, has been found to be able to aid in breaking down mucus and exert an anti-inflammatory effect on your body. There is also the fact that it is soup, which means that it’s excellent for hydration. Try to consume it when it’s warm, rather than wait until it’s cold, to really clear your congested sinuses.
Got a couple of canned sardines around the house? It’s high time to pop one of them open and heat up a can’s worth of sardines on the stove. Sardines are an excellent source of omega-3 fats, which can help combat inflammation in your body. Studies also indicate that sardines may be able to give your immune system the extra boost it needs, which is especially vital when you’re trying to fight a virus. If you prefer, you can also add a burst of flavour (and nutrients!) to your sardines by cooking it alongside tomatoes and eat them alongside some good ol’ rice.
Anything With Chilli Peppers
This might come as a surprise but when you’ve caught a cold, spicy foods are definitely a go. This is especially the case when your nasal passages have become so congested that you might not even be able to breathe. Of course, instinctively, you might end up resorting to breathing through the mouth, but doing so might just end up exacerbating your sore throat. The solution? Consider consuming something spicy. Of course, if you do choose to take this route in public, you may wish to bring along a packet of tissues with you because it’s going to get really ugly.
Ginger can be quite polarising for the palate, but a cup of hot ginger tea may be precisely what you need when you’re trying to combat a cold. When consumed as a tea, this root can promote healthy sweating which is vital for detoxifying your body and cooling off a fever. A cup of ginger tea may also be able to soothe your inflamed throat and clear your congested nasal passages. In fact, you should also drink ginger tea even well after you’ve recovered from your cold. Studies found that healthy sweat contains a compound known as dermcidin, which can help your body stave off infection.
Here’s another one for sore throats! They’re soft, so they should be quite gentle on your inflamed throat, making them relatively easier to swallow. Scrambled eggs are also fool-proof to prepare, so you can’t really go wrong here, even when you’re feeling all fuzzy and fatigued. As long as you own a decent non-stick pan, eggs, butter, salt, and white pepper, you should be able to whip up a decent plate of scrambled eggs by yourself. Eggs are also excellent for shortening the duration of a cold since they’re a rich source of zinc.
Almond And Strawberry Smoothie
If you have quite a bit of a sweet tooth, try to appeal to your own tastes with some almond and strawberry smoothie. This sweet concoction contains plenty of zinc and vitamins that can really power up your immune system so that you can recover as quickly as possible. To really make the most out of your smoothie, use plain Greek yoghurt as the base of your smoothie. Greek yoghurt contains much more protein than milk, helping you meet your daily quota of protein even when your appetite is down. You may also wish to consume this smoothie even after you’ve recovered. This smoothie can help you stave off your hunger pangs without adding too many calories to your overall daily intake, thus helping you lose weight.
Sweet potatoes are another simple, foolproof option. All you have to do is simply wrap the entire root in some aluminium foil and pop it into the oven for about fifteen minutes. You can also test if the sweet potatoes are ready to eat by stabbing a fork into the sweet potato in order to check if they’re soft enough. Sweet potatoes are great for when you’re sick since they contain plenty of vitamin A, which can also boost your immune system by helping your body produce white blood cells.