Being ill is one of the worst times of your life, particularly when you have a nasty cold or flu virus. Flu affects millions of people each year, some worse than others, and don’t even get me started on the dreaded “man flu” pandemic.
Unfortunately, with most flu infections, the only thing you can do is ride it out until it passes. There are a few ways you can make your life easier when you are sick; eating the right foods is one way to help your body recover quicker.
There are at least eight wonderfully nutritious foods that you can eat to best equip your body for fighting the virus that is currently bringing you down. We’ve listed these, in no particular order below, as a helpful reference guide for kicking flu’s butt.
There is no better food group to focus on when you’re sick. Fruits are jam-packed with vitamins and germ-fighting goodies to keep the flu baddies at bay. While almost all fruits are beneficial for your immune system, some are just better than others.
When selecting your fruity, flavorful favorites for your recovery, focus on ones with higher vitamin contents. Some of the best ones to choose from include kiwis, apples, bananas, and citrus fruits. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, which your immune system desperately needs when it’s fighting a flu virus.
As much as you might not love vegetables, you need them to help you recover faster. Vegetables are powerful little nutrient boosters that will do far more good things for your immune system than fast food would. Vegetables, like fruits, are all good for you but some of them are better known for their immune-boosting properties.
The darker, leafier vegetables are better for your immune system because they are high in iron, vitamins, and other minerals. If kale isn’t your first choice, then you could choose carrots because they are rich in beta carotene and vitamin A. These will help your body by repairing your struggling immune system, like vitamin A which is known for helping your body fight free radicals and prevents further cell damage.
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