Why is soup good for you when you’re sick?
Winter coughs and colds can prove tricky to shake off. If you’re feeling under the weather for the umpteenth time in the past few months, it’s time to take a good look at your diet.
If you’re eating unhealthy foods, or worse, not eating at all, your body probably isn’t getting the nutrients or nourishment it needs to fight invading viruses. Research has long highlighted a link between healthy eating and a strong immune system, so if you’re not feeding your body the good stuff, there’s a greater chance you’ll catch every virus going – and you’ll find it harder to recover quickly.
Keep reading for our guide to the best foods to eat when you’re sick. These are just some of the feel good foods that can help fortify your immune system, shake of symptoms and speed up your recovery.
Best Canned Soup For a Sore Throat
Any warm soup is good to soothe the feeling of a sore throat, but your best options are vegetable-based soups, that will help you get your nutrients. Our soup collection of Tomato, Celery and Mushroom soups are all vegetable based and aim to nourish your body with vitamins. Not only veggie-based soups, but also chicken noodle broths are a well-known for soothing sore throats. One study found that it can ease flu symptoms in your chest and head. A well-nourished immune system is better able to fight infections.
Citrus Fruits for a Common Cold
Vitamin C, found in large amounts in citrus fruits – should be your best friend when you’re battling a cold virus. Although it’s not a cure, it is powerful enough to reduce the severity and length of your symptoms, so make sure you eat plenty of oranges, lemons and grapefruit when you feel a sniffle coming on.
Soup for Flu-Like Symptoms
Soup is a firm favourite for getting people through tough times. Don’t you agree, when you’re feeling achey and bunged up, there’s just nothing better than a warm, flavoursome soup to lift your spirits? Research actually shows that some soups – such as chicken and vegetable flavours – can help the body to kick a cold by easing congestion and inflammation. Stock up on Campbell’s Soup collection to get you through the seasonal sickness.
Magnesium-Rich Foods for Aches & Pains
If your muscles are aching and you’re sapped of energy, try increasing your intake of magnesium-rich foods such as nuts, seeds, bananas, avocados, dark leafy greens and beans. These can help to ease soreness and give your energy levels a much-needed boost. Magnesium is an essential nutrient for nearly every function and tissue in the body – particularly the immune system – so consider taking supplements if you’re struggling to get the right foods in your diet.
Herbal Tea for a Sore Throat
Often when you’re sick, the last thing you want to do is eat solid foods – especially if your throat is scratchy and sore. Herbal teas such as peppermint, ginger or green tea are good choices for soothing throat pain, and they also provide your body with essential anti-oxidants to boost your immune system. Combine green tea or peppermint tea with a spoonful of Manuka honey for the best healing benefits.
Spicy Foods for Congestion
It can be difficult to eat when you’re congested. All of your senses are out of whack, so you can’t smell anything and food tastes bland. This is where spicy foods such as curry and chilli come in handy. Once eaten, the body reacts by loosening up mucus which can help to open up your sinuses and ease the congested feeling. Studies have shown that cayenne pepper in particular can help to relieve pain and congestion linked to colds and flu.
Energy enriched foods for fatigue
The flu often causes chronic fatigue and can leave you bedbound, with no energy for days. While there isn’t a known cure for this, there are foods you can be eating to gain back some of that lost energy.
- Nuts and Seeds
- Vitamins and supplements
- Lean proteins
- Fresh fruit and vegetables
Ensuring you’re having your five-a-day and a mix of vitamins and supplements will get you on the mend, try to stay away from fatty, processed foods because they can have the opposite effect and make you feel even more so tired.
Nutritional foods for headaches and migraines
Paying good attention to your diet when you’re ill will really help you get yourself on the mend, with so many natural remedies for the common cold and flu it is important to listen to your body. One study found that it can ease flu symptoms in your chest and head. A well-nourished immune system is better able to fight infections. Foods known to ease headaches and sometime prevent headaches are orange, yellow, and green vegetables, such as summer squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, and spinach, carbonated, spring, or tap water and brown rice.
A good diet is healthy for everyone. To stay in best possible health during the colder months, ensure you are getting your 5-a-day, a good amount of fresh fruit and veggies and stocking up your cupboards with some warming, hearty soup!