This time of year, it seems like every second person is sick. Whether you’re next to someone on the train who is coughing up a lung, or having to cover someone’s shift at work because they are unwell, there is unfortunately a high chance you’ll get sick yourself. But don’t fret, we’ve got you covered! Here at A Better Choice, we believe everything can be fixed with food, and getting sick is no exception. We‘ve put together a list of the best foods to eat when you’re sick.  

Leafy green veggies 

Veggies like spinach and kale are packed full off vitamins and nutrients that your body needs when you’re sick. They also have antibacterial properties which is great for an unwell body! 

Spicy foods 

Of course, spicy food isn’t for everyone, but it can help you so much when you’re sick! Spicy food contains an extract called capsaicin which has analgesic properties. When high enough in concentration, it can have a desensitising effect. This can help with runny noses, breaking up mucus and sinus clearing.  

Ginger 

Not many people know this, but ginger can help with nausea. It also acts similar to anti-inflammatory drugs, and also has anti-cancer effects.  

Honey 

Honey has a high content of antimicrobial compounds, which leads to it having antibacterial effects. It has been known to stimulate the immune system, and even was used to dress wounds by the ancient Egyptians. Who would have thought the slimy substance you use in porridge and in tea could be so effective?  

Hot tea 

Tea is always a go to in Winter, especially when associated with colds and flu. It acts as a decongestant, which helps clear the sinuses. It also has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Hot tea also helps relieve cough and throat pain. 

Garlic 

Garlic is full of health benefits! It has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries and has been proven to have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal effects. Not only does it make food taste better, it also helps the immune system! 

 

These foods and drinks are all things you have in your cupboard, making them all easy and cheap ways of getting through this cold and flu season. 

Good luck, everyone. We know it’s germy out there! 

 

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