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The BEST and WORST foods to eat when you are sick – This will really help you!

The BEST and WORST foods to eat when you are sick – Even when you’ve done your best to fight off the winter blues and miserable flus, it’s almost inevitable you’ll get at least a mild sniffle at some point during cold and flu season. And even though being stuck at home with a feverdoes warm up our bodies — which may sound nice when the temperature outside is below zero — it’s not exactly as enjoyable as warming up in the sun on a gorgeous beach somewhere. With flu season peaking in February, it’s time to stock up on food and drinks that’ll get you back to tip-top shape in no time.

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The Need-To-Know
When we’re sick, the body needs more calories to function normally. The body must work harder than normal when we are sick in order to fight infection, especially with fevers (when it’s battling higher body temperatures, too). To do this effectively, it needs to maintain higher energy levels (which can be tough when it’s already working so hard). This is why properly fueling a sick body is an essential part of getting better.

It’s important to stick to regular eating schedules when sick because consuming fewer calories than normal can restrict the body’s ability to heal. In fact, studies suggest reducing calorie intake when sick not only increases susceptibility to the flu, but also worsens symptoms and lengthens the duration of illness.

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