Flu Fighting Ice Cream? Four Foods to Ease Flu Misery

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

by Lexi Patronis, Glamour

There's no cure for the flu--once you have it, you have it, which is why it's always good not to get it in the first place.

But if you've been felled by the flu and have no choice but to deal with it, there just may be some good-for-you foods that can help ease your symptoms and make you feel better while you wait it out. Like...this sorbet, for example?

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Influenza Sorbet by Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is made with cayenne pepper, ginger, citrus juice, Maker's Mark bourbon, and honey, and is meant to clear nasal passages and ease sore throats.

The sorbet may be onto something: experts say that the iciness in popsicles can indeed help dry throats, while also keeping you hydrated. Be sure to choose a chilly treat that has real fruit juice in it so that you get some nutrients instead of just sugar:

Chicken soup
isn't just an old wives' tale--the broth is hydrating, and studies have shown that the ingredients may actually help with healing and have mild anti-inflammatory effects.

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A low-sodium vegetable juice is filled with nutrients (including vitamins A and C, both of which help give the immune system a boost).

Yogurt can feel nice and cool on your throat, and it may deliver a bacterium called Lactobacillus reuteri that researchers say can block other viruses from invading your sick body.

What are your favorite go-to "flu foods"? Do any of these do the trick?


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