Have you caught the flu? Here is the menu that’s right for you

The foods to bring to the table when we are KO because of seasonal viruses.

High and sudden fever, headachemuscle pain and respiratory symptoms: these are the disorders you have to deal with when you are a victim of the flu.

Although on the surface these symptoms have nothing to do with the stomach and intestines, it is easy for the virus to pass the appetite.

Eating is, however, essential to get back in shape. Not only that, some foods are real allies of healing.

Rehydrate with taste and fill up on nutrients

The first rule is to ensure the right level of hydration. Water is not the only solution: fluids can also be taken in the form of healthy vegetable centrifuges, smoothies, fruit juices or teas, all rich in antioxidants and vitamins that boost the immune system.

Carrots for example are rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene, while cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, oranges, tangerines, grapefruits and kiwi are a good source of vitamins C and E. Other food sources of these vitamins are indicated in the table below:

Vitamin A Tomatoes, carrots, apricots, watermelon, blueberries and berries in general, broccoli and green leafy vegetables, liver, milk, cheese, butter, eggs
Vitamin C Grapes, currants, kiwis, strawberries, citrus fruits, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage,
leafy vegetables, peppers, hot peppers, parsley
Vitamin E Wheat germ oil, cereals, almonds, hazelnuts, olives, corn oil

To provide the best hydration during meals is chicken broth. The addition of garlic and chilli pepper to its preparation gives the whole an adjuvant action against viruses.

Chicken broth also contains proteins of animal origin essential for strengthening the immune system and producing antibodies.

To fill it up, you can also eat eggs, fish and easily digestible white meat, such as turkey. Always to promote digestion as a fruit you can choose a banana, especially if among the symptoms against which you have to fight are included diarrheanausea or vomiting.

To come to the rescue of those who, however, have to struggle with sore throats are still centrifuged, smoothies and fruit juices, easier to swallow. And then honey: a spoonful in tea soothes pain and performs a disinfectant action.

Finally, it is not to be overlooked the help that can derive from the consumption of foods rich in prebiotics, substances that are not digested by our body but that constitute a source of nourishment for the bacteria of our intestinal flora, that set of bacteria allied to health and that can stimulate, by sending specific signals, also the activity of the immune system in the respiratory tract. Green light then to onions, artichokes and leeks.

Joycelyn Elders is the author and creator of EmpowerEssence, a health and wellness blog. Elders is a respected public health advocate and pediatrician dedicated to promoting general health and well-being.

The blog covers a wide range of topics related to health and wellness, with articles organized into several categories.

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