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Stepping up during sickness…

It is that time of year when we are more susceptible to the dreaded lurgy. While you can’t fight off every cold or flu bug, making the right food choices may help keep your immune system healthy, which may improve your body’s fight against these viruses.

Cambridge Weight Plan products contain all the nutrients required for normal health but when you are fighting an infection or virus you may do this more effectively on a higher calorie intake. While you are recovering you should raise your calorie intake to a higher level. Speak with your consultant about going on to higher step until you are back to optimal health.

You may have a loss in appetite and taste if you have a cold or Flu infection, eating enough nutritious food can be challenging but knowing the right foods and drinks which help relieve symptoms while they give your body the nutrient boost it needs to fight the cold or flu.

Drinking plenty of fluids is essential because symptoms like runny noses and sweating, which often accompanies fever, increase the amount of water your body loses, dehydration may occur if your fluid intake is not increased to compensate. In addition, water also helps to loosen mucus in your nose and relieve congestion.

Try drinking these other options to keep up your fluid intake whilst you are sick:

  • Water
  • Juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Herbal tea or why not try a Cambridge Water flavouring and hot water
  • Honey and lemon tea – mix lemon and honey with a cup of hot water
  • Broth
  • Ginger tea

What to eat when unwell:

  • Eat nutritious foods, including fruits and vegetables – oranges, strawberries, grapefruit, Capsicum, tomatoes, broccoli, pineapple
  • Consume foods which boost the immune system – Leafy green vegetables, blueberries, whole grains, beef, lamb, tuna, chicken, eggs.

Eat foods which may help relieve cold and flu symptoms like congestion – research has shown eating chicken soup has helped relieve cold and flu symptoms. It reduces inflammation, which in turn helps clear mucus and reduce congestion.

  • Consume soft foods which are easier to swallow with a sore throat. Soups and broths are recommended.

What are your remedies to battle the dreaded lurgy?

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