What to eat when feeling powerless?
Sickness is draining the energy out of us and every single time it hits, we feel powerless and miserable. But this is not the worst scenario, since just the mere thought of cooking or doing our daily activities gives us more headache and pain than the actual illness. However, all doctors agree that eating and hydrating is an important part in our healing process, this is why you should start paying more attention to the foods that you eat when you’re sick. Healing takes time, but it also requires some conditions in order to happen sooner than expected.
Pills and treatments have to be aided by nutritious, healthy food and the right amount of liquids per day. When you are sick, you have to constantly drink water and make sure to eat only the foods that you can easily digest. This being said, we’ve put together 10 best foods that you must or should eat whenever you are sick, either if you’re having a cold or a simple stomach flu!
Here are our suggestions of healthy and nutritious foods that are recommended by the doctors:
- Have you ever considered drinking ginger ale when you are sick? No? Well, you should, because the wonder is that ginger beverages can treat the stomach upsets better than most pills. It can reduce the symptoms of nausea, especially if you drink it in a pure form and not just any drinks with ginger-sugar flavoring. If you have ginger at home, pour some boiled water over the ginger slices along with honey and enjoy a healthy and healing drink!
- Soup may be one of the favorite foods to eat when you’re sick, because it’s light and doesn’t require too much of an effort to do it. The warmth of the soup it’s smoothening for the chest, especially when you are congested. If you add a little bit of garlic and onion broth, these will give you the right nutrients with antimicrobial properties. Be careful tough, because the creamy soups or the soups with chicken and mushroom can encourage the coughing, which is one of the symptoms that you’re probably trying to get rid of. In general terms, soups are good to fight against infection, being able to reduce the overall inflammation and free up the congested nose or throats.
- Yes, it is delicious and sweet, but these are not the main reasons for why you should eat honey when you’re sick. It appears that honey is great for the sore throat, as well as helping your body kill all the bacteria from the back of the throat. Mix honey into teas or eat it warm, for the relief feeling it gives to your sore throat. Also, by mixing honey with ginger, you get an extra delicious and also smoothening remedy for the sore throat.
- Spicy foods are good for when you’re congested. They can help you clear all sinuses and the eustachian tube. The body reacts to the burning sensations provided by the spicy foods and loosens the mucus that clogs the body. Since your taste of food is bad when you’re sick, the spicy foods will surely make themselves noticed because of their strong flavor.
- Ginseng is kind of an ingredient that is contained by so many energize drinks, as well as remedy medications for colds. You can add the ginseng in the honey tea and enjoy a healthy drink or you can add a root in the broth, while you’re simmering the soup. Ginseng is able to shorten the duration and the intensity of the sickness.
- Cloves are excellent for the sore throat, either If you choose to powder them on a warm tea or if you’d rather chew the whole cloves for a stronger throat remedy.
- Crackers combat the stomach flu, even when you don’t particularly feel the need to eat when you’re sick. Unflavored and unsalted crackers can absorb some of the excess of the stomach acids if you eat them simple, without the butter, cheese or the herb flavors. Even though the flavored crackers taste better, the stomach may be sensitive to them.
- Bananas are great for the nausea moments when you’re sick. By eating bananas when you’re sick, you’re simply giving your stomach an energy boost. Bananas are strongly recommended when one is dealing with symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, diarrhea.
- When you are sick, you need lots of liquids, right? Well, popsicles are a great kind of frozen liquids for you to hydrate with when you’re feeling down. Their coldness will also numb the sore throat, not to mention that you may choose them from a wide variety of tastes and flavors (fruit sugars).
- Orange juice. When you’re sick, you may experience lots of trouble in digesting foods rich in fibers or not feeling the need to eat. Drinking orange juice with pulp is just the right vitamin boost that the body needs in order to digest better.