FEED A COLD, STARVE A FEVER
By Nutrition Expert
Monday, September 27, 2010.
With a change in the weather inevitable in the coming weeks, very few of us will escape without a spell of runny noses and chesty coughs, or worse, a week in bed with the flu. While it can be a nice excuse to wallow in self-pity and be pampered by partners and relatives, it can also be pretty miserable feeling rundown and wondering if you’ll ever be able to make it to the top of the stairs again without your legs giving way half way up.
The last thing you want to do is cook, but you shouldn’t take the old saying ‘Feed a cold, starve a fever’ too literally. Having the flu is NOT an excuse to starve yourself in the hope that some good will come out of it all in the form of weight loss. You really need to ‘keep up your strength’ and your body needs fluid, nutrients and rest more than ever! Here are some tips to help you through these nasty bouts and hopefully keep you healthy throughout:
· If you do lose your appetite for a day or two, make sure you drink plenty of fluids such as water and fruit juice.
· When you are able to eat, choose plain, light foods that are easy to prepare and easily digested. Chicken or vegetable soups are great choices, as is hot cereal such as porridge, and these are all great ways of packing in nutrition.
· Try to eat plenty of vitamin C-rich foods such as oranges and kiwi fruit in order to help boost your immune system. Smoothies are a great way to help fulfill your 5-a-day of fruit and veg.