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Here are some of my favorite foods for nourishing your body, mind, and soul when you’re feeling down:
Keep it warm.
Warming spices, such as ginger, cloves, and turmeric, can also help you feel better with their anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea properties. You can buy teas full of blended warming spices, or you can make your own at home. Additionally, bone and vegetable broths are a wonderful way to nourish your body with nutrients while you’re sick, especially if your illness affects your appetite.
Eat the rainbow.
When you’re sick, a plate full of veggies might not be your go-to food, but it should be. Roasting vegetables with garlic may make them more desirable while you’re feeling down. You (or better yet, someone taking care of you) can also blend veggies together to make a warming soup—add garlic to amp up the viral and bacterial-fighting properties.
Now is the time to supplement.
- Extra zinc picolinate
- Liposomal vitamin C
- Liposomal glutathione
- Vitamin D
- Oil of oregano (use caution with this one—it is very strong!)
- Nettle leaf with quercetin
Leave these behind.
Boosting your immune system is also about limiting foods that don’t nourish your body. While you’re sick, try to avoid inflammatory foods, such as processed foods, refined carbs and sugars, and dairy. These foods put added strain on your system, which counteracts the hard work your body is doing to heal itself.
Unhealthy Lifestyle Habits
What impacts your health goes way beyond what you’re eating. When you’re sick, it is also important to rest, practice healthy affirmations to strengthen your mindset, and engage in light movement or breathwork to get the energy moving (if you’re feeling up for it). These mind/body practices will work alongside healthy foods to help you feel better, faster.