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Cold and flu season is upon us and chances are you'll at least catch a slight sniffle. What foods do you turn to when feeliing ill? Turns out... there are foods that can actually help kick the sickness quicker and get you back to feeling normal. In the words of Hippocrates, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."

Here Are The Best Foods To Eat When Sick

1. Chicken Noodle Soup

Surprise! It isn't just an old wives tale - chicken noodle soup really can soothe the soul. The chicken contains an amino acid called cysteine, which can help to thin mucus in the lungs and calm congestion. The hot broth soothes an inflamed sore throat, keeps your nasal passages moist and prevents dehydration. The protein in the chicken will help your body stay fueled which is important when fighting a cold or flu.

2. Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits contain large amount of vitamin C. Although vitamin C can't necessarily cure the cold or flu, it may help reduce the severity and length of the sickness. Citrus fruits also contain flavonoids, which can give the immune system a boost and help speed up recovery time. We recommend fruits like oranges, lemons, grapefruits and limes.

3. Spicy Foods

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Eating spicy foods opens up nasal passages and act a natural decongestant. Consuming them when sick can help relieve sinus pressure and make it easier to drain mucus. Foods like jalapenos, habanero peppers, chili peppers, horesradish, wasabi, onions, garlic, wasabi and fenugreek are effective decongestants.

4. Honey

Honey When Sick

Honey has strong antibacterial effects due to its high content of antimicrobial compounds. It is effective in stimulating the immune system and surpressing coughs in adults and children over 12 months. Additionally, consuming honey when sick can be excellent for soothing a sore throat.
Tip: Mix 1/2 a TSP of honey with a glass of water or tea for a cough-soothing, antibacterial, immune-boosting drink.

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5. Hot Tea

Hot Tea When Sick

Warm liquids help to soothe a sore throat and relieve congestion. Warm drinks like tea are ideal for staying hydrated while helping to alleviate a stuffy nose. Green tea is especially beneficial due to its infection-fighting antioxidants which help support the immune system. If you don't like tea, try consuming warm water with lemon.

6. Broth-Based Soups

Broth Soup When Sick

Just like chicken noodle soup and hot tea, broth-based soups are excellent sources of hydration when your sick. If you drink them while hot, the steam from the hot soup serves as a natural decongestant and help to soothe a sore throat. They are delicious and full of flavor and contain calories to keep your body fueled. Many broth-based soups can contain vitamins, minearls, calcium, folate and phosphorous. BMany people claim that bone broth is especially beneficial and believe it has many healing properties.

7. Crackers and Toast

Crackers and Toast When Sick

Rarely does any food sound appetizing when you're nauseous. However, keeping your body fueled with calories, even if it's minimal, is necessary for creating the energy to fight the sickness. Plan crackers and toast are a simple and bland choice of foods that are easy on the stomach. They are full of starch that won't aggrevate the stomach and help with digestion.

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8. Garlic

Garlic When Sick

Garlic has many health benefits, including stimulating the immune system. Adding garlic to your diet can help you get sick less often and speed up recovery time when you are sick. It also helps fight bad bacteria and viruses. Garlic has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries because of its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.

9. Ginger

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Ginger is highly effective at reducing nausea related to the flu, pregnancy and even cancer. It acts as a natural non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, and has antioxidant and antimicrobial effects. If you have the flu or are feeling nauseous, ginger is superb and relieving those symptoms. Adding fresh ginger to your cooking, tea or ale provides wonderful health benefits. Make sure to use real ginger and not ginger flavoring as it does not have the same health benefits.

10. Yogurt

Yogurt When Sick

Yogurt is a quick and easy source of healthy calories, protein, vitamins, minerals and probiotics. These sources help adults and children recover faster when sick and reduces the severity of cold and flu symptoms. Additionally, eating yogurt on a regular basis can help you get sick less often.

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Before coming to Schneider clinic I had a multiple issues with my sinuses and allergies. I am a supervisor at a sewing factory but my real passion is singing. I love to sing but with all the congestion I couldn’t do what I love to do! I went to my family doctor and was prescribed many different medications including multiple kinds of nasal sprays. Not only did this not help my sinus problems, but a lot of the time it made the congestion worse. The congestion and drainage got so bad that I was having a hard time even breathing.

One day during my lessons, my voice teacher suggested that I see a chiropractor for my sinus problems. I thought she had lost it, I had no idea they could help with sinus problems. I always thought they could only work on backs and necks. My mom, who was already seeing Dr. Schneider for her back told him about my problem. He assured her that he could help so I made an appointment with him the very next day. Dr. Schneider told me about his unique Endonasal Balloon Therapy. I was a little hesitant about the treatment at first but now I am so glad that I stayed.

Since starting Endonasal treatments I feel so much better and I can breathe again. I don’t have the drainage that I used to and my throat is not dry from trying to breathe through my mouth all the time. The best part is, I CAN SING AGAIN IN PERFECT PITCH! My voice teacher has noticed a huge difference and according to her the quality and tone in my voice is much improved. What a joy it has been! I know without these treatments I would still be struggling along.

Thank you Dr. Schneider and staff for all your kindness and help. I am so happy about how I feel I might have to write a song about it!

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