The flu affects thousands of people every year. Getting the flu vaccine is one way to prevent yourself from catching it, but if you find yourself battling the flu, keeping a healthy immune system is important. The following are the 10 best foods to eat to soothe and boost your immune system and conquer the flu:
Popsicles: Icy popsicles can help relive a dry, swollen or sore throat and also keep the body hydrated, which is essential when battling the flu. Be sure to find popsicles made from 100% fruit juice to get the vital nutrients the body needs.
Turkey Sandwich: Eating a solid protein like turkey will give the body the energy it needs to fight off the flu.
Vegetable Juice: Vegetable juice, or 100% fruit juice, gives the body immune-boosting antioxidants to keep hydrated.
Chicken Soup: Chicken soup has been found to have anti-inflammatory effects and also can help the nasal passages protect the body from bacteria and other harmful viruses.
Garlic: Garlic has been found to have properties that will relieve congestion.
Ginger: Ginger will help with stomachaches and nausea associated with the flu. It has also been found to help fight inflammation. Try adding ground ginger to food or drinking flat ginger ale.
Hot Tea: Green, oolong, and black tea have disease fighting antioxidants and breathing in steam would also help relieve congestion. Adding honey will also help relive a sore throat.
Banana: Bananas are easy on the stomach and are usually the first thing doctors encourage people to eat who are recovering from the flu. They are great to help with nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea—symptoms that are usually associated with the flu.
Toast: Toast is also a good food to eat when the stomach cannot handle eating whole foods.
Meal Replacement Drinks: Getting the proper nutrients is essential and with no appetite, it can be hard to give the body what it needs. Try lactose-free drinks that include at least 6 grams of protein and that are low in sugar to replace the nutrients your body is lacking.