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BEATING AN ILLNESS WITH GOOD FOOD

BEATING AN ILLNESS WITH GOOD FOOD

Even the healthiest person gets ill sometimes. It may be just stomach trouble or a streaming cold, but it's miserable. If you’re on antibiotics or other medication, you’ll probably be off your food.  Does it matter, and what should you be eating?

CAN FOOD MAKE ME FEEL BETTER SOONER?

Yes and no. Curing most minor illnesses is simply a matter of time. Your body just needs to rustle up the antibodies and clear out the infection. Most of us have plenty of reserves, so don’t worry too much if your enthusiasm for food is limited. Go for simple things that will give nutrition without too much digestive effort. Soup, eggs, even good old beans on toast will give you what you need without over-stressing the system.

WHAT ABOUT HYDRATION?

This is very important – even if you don’t feel like eating when you are ill, make the effort to get some fluid down you. Water, squash, herbal teas are all soothing on a sore throat or strained stomach.

I’M ON MEDICATION – WHAT FOOD GOES WITH IT?

Break with convention and read the instructions! Some meds need to be taken on an empty stomach, others with food. Some interact with food and quite a few mean no alcohol (you’re ill – stay off it!)

Antibiotics are a marvellous thing. However they can be a bit scatter-gun, taking out the good bacteria in your gut. Keep taking the tablets, but help things out with probiotics such as live yogurt. Or even pickled foods if you can face them.

CAN I GET AN IMMUNE BOOST FROM FOOD?

Immunity can’t be ‘boosted’, it just needs a normal varied diet. Give yourself the best chance with a good selection of vitamins and nutrients. Go for fresh and simple over processed and try fakeaway not takeaway.

Get well soon!

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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