Foods to Fight the Flu

Submitted by Dave Draeger, CDM, CFPP

Director of Support Services

1-Popsicles: soothe the throat, help with hydration, and may lower fever. Choose 100% fruit juice popsicles for lower sugar and better nutrition.

2-Turkey Sandwich: high in protein and increases body energy.

3-Vegetable Juice: increased immune-boosting antioxidants and helps with hydration. Choose 100% fruit juices.

4-Chicken Soup: increases hydration, is nourishing, has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, and can improve the ability of tiny nasal hairs to protect the body from bacteria and viruses.

5-Garlic: anti-microbial and immune-stimulating properties and may give slight relief from congestion.

6-Ginger: may soothe stomach upset, diarrhea, nausea and may fight inflammation. Add ginger to foods like soups and drinks like tea.

7-Hot Tea: Green and black teas offer disease fighting antioxidants. Add honey and lemon to soothe a sore throat and increase energy!

8-Banana: soothes symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The BRAT diet of banana, rice, applesauce and toast, is recommended by doctors for a variety of stomach upsets.

9-Toast and crackers: convenient, pair well with chicken soup and hot tea, give a satisfying crunch and take the edge off hunger.

10-Meal Replacement Drinks: recommended when appetite is returning, have high protein, low sugar,essential vitamins and nutrients and are available flavored.