What to Eat (and Drink) When You Have the Flu

When you’ve got the flu, the only true cure is rest and time—there’s no food or drink that will magically make your symptoms go away. But making sure you’re staying hydrated and eating nutrient-rich foods can help ensure you don’t feel any worse than you already do and may help ease your discomfort and get you back on your feet faster. Here are a few tips. Staying hydrated is the most important thing when you have the flu, especially if you’re running a fever, water is your best bet. Chicken noodle soup’s reputation as a go-to cold-and-flu food is more than just clever marketing: Its salty broth can help hydrate and replace lost sodium, and provides protein. It’s important to eat a variety of antioxidants and boost the immune system. Choose produce with bold colors—like bell peppers, oranges, and berries. Orange juice is a good source of vitamin C, mix it with water for great hydration. Another nutrient you want to get plenty of while you’re sick is zinc, just 3 ounces of beef contains half of the recommended daily value. When you have the flu, you also want to aim for foods that will boost your energy levels—and B vitamins are a big part of that, Vitamin B12 is found naturally in eggs, meat, shellfish, and dairy even breakfast cereal or beans on toast……Ed

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