What diet helps with infections?
Almost everyone catches a cold or the flu at some point – and everyone involved wants to get rid of the symptoms as quickly as possible. According to a renowned nutritionist, certain foods can affect how quickly the body recovers from a cold.
Doctor Michael Roizen is an expert in preventive medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in the United States and author of the best-selling book What to Eat When. The nutritionist reveals the best nutritional tips that can help you recover faster from colds, flu and other colds.
“You can’t necessarily say that the food choices will help make a cough go away or relieve a sore throat,” says Dr. Michel Rizen. There are many myths about nutrition during illness and scientific studies have come to conflicting results, according to the doctor. Nevertheless, there are foods or dishes that have been shown to have positive effects.
The classic: chicken soup
Chicken soup is known as an ancient home remedy for the common cold. According to Roizen, there are actually studies that have shown that chicken soup has two positive effects. On the one hand, the soup stimulates the production and flow of nasal secretions, which means that pathogens can be transported out of the body more quickly. On the other hand, the soup itself has an anti-inflammatory effect.
Roizen’s conclusion: “Chicken soup helps you retain moisture and can also have a calming effect, which can speed up recovery and improve overall well-being.”
Garlic, ginger and mushrooms
Other foods have positive effects on the immune system, Roiz says, including garlic, ginger and mushrooms. Garlic has powerful antibacterial properties and ginger is said to help the body block viruses. According to the preventive doctor, mushrooms should help the immune system to fight infections better.
Roizen Tip: Combine garlic, ginger, and mushrooms as ingredients in chicken soup to get all the benefits at once.
Don’t force anything
Dr. Roizen emphasizes that nothing should be forced. Although the body needs nutrients, if the food still causes symptoms of nausea or even you have to vomit, that is also not beneficial. You just have to listen to your body. If you’re able to eat, you should eat – if not, you should at least make sure you’re drinking enough.
Basic rule: drink a lot!
Either way, make sure to drink plenty of fluids. According to Roizen, staying hydrated is key to recovering from illness as quickly as possible. Sweating and increased mucus production can quickly dehydrate the body. In addition, the increased production of urine is conducive to the elimination of waste products from the immune system. (vb)
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Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek
This article contains general advice only and should not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment. It cannot substitute a visit to the doctor.