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Volume III
October 11, 2013

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Sick? Feel Better Faster with These Foods!

By Whitney Saupan

We've all been sick before. It's never a fun thing. We get all achy and don't want to do anything. We have to miss work or school and then make up the things we miss. Simply put, being sick sucks. But it's a part of life, so what can we do to cut our recovery time down? Get lots of rest and eat things that are good for you. I've done a little research and found seven foods that can help you feel better faster.

1. Chicken and other Clear Broth Soups.
Soup is a good choice because it's a liquid, which your body needs to recover, it has some sodium, and chicken is a good protein to eat when you're sick. Even the noodles are good, they give you energy! Plus there's just something about chicken noodle soup that's comforting!

2. Crackers and Plain toast.
When you've eaten all the soup you can handle and you need something else, crackers and plain toast are good choices. These foods are semi-filling and are easy to digest when you have a weak stomach.

3. Bananas.
Not only are bananas easy to chew and digest they are loaded with vitamins, especially potassium! Potassium gives your immune system a boast which is just what you need when you're sick.

4. Cottage Cheese and Eggs.
If you're like me, when you're sick you don't really want to eat any healthy foods. You don't really want to eat anything at all. But in order to get better your body needs nutrients. Eggs and cottage cheese have protein, a nutrient we all need, and they are easy on an upset stomach. In fact eating these might make your upset stomach feel better.

5. Vitamin C.
Although taking Vitamin C capsules is generally a good idea, when you're sick, fresh vitamin C is much better. Try eating fruits like oranges that are filled with vitamin C.

6. Yogurt and Applesauce.
Why are these good to eat when you're sick? Well yogurt contains probiotics that help fight sickness and applesauce has antioxidants and fiber. Plus a bowl of applesauce can be really comforting.

7. Popsicles.
I can't think of anything that soothes a sore throat better than a popsicle. When you're sick, sipping on water all day long can get boring, so mix it up with a popsicle. Just be sure to get popsicles that are 100% fruit. That way you'll stay hydrated, and get some fruit.

What do you like to eat when you're sick? Leave a comment and let us know you're favorite sick-day recipe!


Whitney Saupan
Weekly Newsletter Contributer since 2013

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