By Becky Hand, Licensed and Registered Dietitian for SparkPeople
Cold and flu season is upon us! Sometimes, even the most diligent hand-washers end up getting sick. Here are some tips to help you get over any nasty bug you might catch this fall and winter.
"Feed a cold, starve a fever?" Many people say they can never remember whether to starve the cold or the fever. The answer: neither! The best advice is simply to listen to your appetite because being neither hungry nor stuffed will get rid of a cold, flu, or fever any faster. "Starving" an illness is particularly a bad idea. Intentionally restricting calories only makes it harder to recover from an illness.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Drink significant amounts of water - at least 8-12 cups throughout the day. Additional water is needed not only to help fight infection, but also to combat dehydration brought on by fever. If you have flu-symptoms, vomiting and diarrhea also increase your need for water above the normal