1. Popsicles – Can’t imagine the idea of solid food? Try the cooling sensation of popsicles to get you some fluid, taste and as a bonus, some cheerful colours. Compare labels when you go to the store and shun the ones with a whack of sugar. Pick a variety made with some actual fruit.
2. Vegetable Juice – For a boost of antioxidants, hydration and some sodium (which can be a good thing when you’re visiting the bathroom often), grab a glass of vegetable juice. Lower sodium varieties (350mg of sodium per cup), that still taste decent like the one from Compliments by Sobeys, will do just fine.
3. Meal Replacement Drinks – Feeling hungry but don’t feel like solid food? Meal replacements can come in handy in this case. Look for lactose-free drinks with at least six grams of protein and that are lower than 10 grams of sugar like Ensure’s High Protein variety.
4. Chicken Soup – The old standard stays strong. Chicken noodle soup delivers the soothing hot broth we all love and a dose of carb our body craves during times of stress, like infections. Boost the nutritional status by adding some chickpeas into the soup.
6. Garlic – With powerful antimicrobial, immune-stimulating properties and a potential relief from congestion, garlic is a must.
7. Ginger – Have a stomach ache and nausea? Ginger is often used to soothe these symptoms and it may help fight inflammation. Try adding it freshly grated or in powdered form to other foods or drinking flat ginger ale (bonus for hydration!).
9. Watermelon – High in water content to help with your re-hydration efforts, this nutritional powerhouse has a pulp that contains a powerful antioxidant, glutathione, that helps curb cell damage.
Remember: when you’re sick, the nutritional choices you make become even more important as your body attempts to get better so be picky about what you take in!
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