Eating when Sick

I have been a little under the weather after a long time. A friend I met had a severe infection of some kind, and it is possible that I picked it up from him. Regardless, it has not been pretty, and also I have been traveling every single day. I was curious to know what I should be eating to make me feel better. The food on the road, while delicious has probably not been the best for me. For some strange reason, I have also been craving carbs, perhaps so that my body can digest it easily. I, therefore, went on a quest to learn what you should eat when unwell.

First, even before the quality, your body needs more food when you are unwell. Your body is working overtime to fight the antibodies, and this hard work requires extra calories. Do not stinge on the amount of food you are eating as your body needs the energy. Even dealing with a simple temperature requires extra calories. A warm drink, perhaps tea or even just plain hot water is most likely to make you feel better. Staying hydrated is probably one of the best cures that you can use to feel better. Spicy food is an interesting way to decongest your body. Spicy food is likely to give you a runny nose and in that process clear your nasal passages. Similarly, ginger is known to prevent and soothe nausea and other ailments such as bloating and constipation.

Some people swear by Vitamin C tablets as a way to inject anti-inflammatory and antioxidants into your body. There are some ways to get this including having gooseberry also known as amla in India.

You should be avoiding certain foods, and despite my cravings, I ended up not eating too many sweets or chocolates to fill my stomach. Instead, it was vegetable broth which helped me heal my body and perhaps my soul.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.