Nutrition Team FAQ: Avoiding Sickness

With flu season right around the corner, many clients may wonder what to do when it comes to preventing getting sick? Do you starve a fever or feed a cold?

Well, it's up to you to rely on your own body's signals!

Our appetite cues probably give us the clearest picture of what we should eat (or avoid) when we get sick. For example, very few os us want to eat when we have the flu. This is because flu-like bugs and certain bacterial infections lead to higher release levels of an inflammatory protein, which promotes appetite suppression. So, if that is the case and you don't feel hungry listen to your body and use all your energy to rest! Let's say you do get sick and your appetite doesn't entirely disappear. Here are a list of foods that may possibly help speed up your recovery:

  • Garlic: acts as an antibiotic 
  • Chicken Soup (real chicken soup): provides fluids and electrolytes
  • Green Tea: boosts the production of B cell antibodies, helping us rid ourselves of invading pathogens
  • Honey: has antibacterial properties
  • Elderberries: have an anti-viral property 

So what can you do right now to avoid getting sick?

  • Avoid over or under-exercising
  • Avoid over or under-eating
  • Wash your hands
  • Manage stress
  • Get enough sleep, consistently
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Eat plenty of nutrient dense foods 

But if you're already not feeling well: 

  • Rest
  • Drink fluids (especially water and green tea
  • Balance your fat intake
  • Consider supplements like (Vitamin C, Zinc, elderbery extract, ginseng)

And above all, LISTEN TO WHAT YOU'RE BODY IS TELLING YOU!! If you're hungry, eat. If not, don't!! Being sick is a great opportunity to reinforce body awareness.