Foods that are Good for Flu


The flue is the infection of the upper respiratory tract due to virus. You can get the help of some foods to get rid of from your flu in a short time which is seen with runny nose, sore throat, cough, fatigue, high fever and pain spreading to the body. The soups will be prepared using vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals are at the same time are the suggested food for your body to take the needed water during the illness. In the days which your disease is worse you can consume plenty of herbal teas, water and freshly squeezed fruit juices.

Soup Suggestion for Flu

The following soup recipe belongs to Rosita Arvigo the author of the “Rainforest Herbal Advices”.

Ingredients: Half chopped cabbage, 1 chopped onion, 4-5 cloves of pestle garlic, 3 sliced carrots, 3 chopped celery, 6 tablespoon of grated fresh ginger, juice of 1 lemon.

Recipe: Boil the vegetables about 30 minutes and then add the ginger and garlic and boil 5 more minutes. Take the pan from fire and blend the soup in a blender. Add the lemon juice for last and stir it. You can drink your soup by adding some red pepper in order to open the clogged airways during flu.

Foods that is Good for Flu

It is advised that foods and beverages which are rich in vitamin C that strengthens the body in general should be consumed in order to dispose the flu from the system. You can find more detailed information about which foods they are in our vitamin C article. Apart from those you can alleviate the symptoms of the flue by consuming the following foods more often.

Boiled fish, chicken broth, freshly squeezed juices, boiled chicken, chicken and vegetable soup, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon tea, ginger tea, Echinacea tea, rosehip tea, sage, chamomile, eucalyptus tea.

You must pay attention to your body stay hydrated during flu. Herbal teas can help you in this regard. Hot tea also relieves sore throat and cough. Heavy and difficult to digest meals spend more energy while being digested that is why stay away from such foods.

What to Eat?

You can get rid of from flu in a short time by eating healthy and may be affected from the symptoms caused by the disease in minimum. If you do the opposite i.e., do not pay attention to your diet healing of the disease will be prolong in the same amount. Eat the following foods as little as possible during your illness.

Empty calorie junk foods (potato chips, cola, candy, chocolate…), alcohol, coffee, fries, and overly spicy foods, milk and dairy which increase nasal congestion, excess salt that causes dehydration of the body.

Other Suggestions

Get the Flu Vaccine: Today there are vaccines for active virus types that help flu to spread. Experts recommend the vaccine for flu especially for babies and children up to 4 years old, those who have diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, cancer and other a chronic diseases, adults over 65 years old in order to avoid severe complications of the flu. If you still get cold even you take all measures then you do not have any other choice but to wait for the healing of the disease because there is no treatment for flu. However you can alleviate the symptoms of the disease by paying attention to your diet and resting and you can protect your body from fatigue.

Protect Yourself from Virus: The flu virus transmitted by saliva droplets dispersed into the air while sick people talking or coughing. These particles carries flu virus actively and you will probably get sick if you take your hands to your mouth, face, eyes once you contact with these particles. A person with flu spread the viruses starting one day before the first symptoms of the disease begin to appear and continues to spread about 7 days. The duration of the spread of the virus in children with flue is mostly more than 7 days. The point to be noted here is although there is no any symptom in a person the flu virus starts to spread to other people. This means that you can get viruses from a person who is not coughing, sneezing, do not have fewer and looks quite healthy.

Even not using public transport and avoid from crowded places, not sending your children to school is the most effective method in days which the virus are widespread in order to reduce the risk of getting flue, it is not always possible to apply these. In the event that you have to be in these types of environments try to avoid close contact with sick people and wash your hands with soap and water frequently. In cases you can not find soup and water, have an antibacterial hand sanitizer liquid with you.

Rest: Our body uses the large portion of the energy we get from foods to fight against viruses during the flu. That is the main reason why fatigue is among the typical symptoms of the flu. It will be hard to move since we are tired however some people may force themselves to go out or walk. If you get tired physically the effect of the flue may be extended and your fatigue will prolong than usual. Instead of this rest and even try to sleep. As you will rest your body can spend more energy to fight with viruses.