Top 7 Foods To Eat When You’re Sick

There’s no way around it; getting sick is a drag. Luckily, one of the things that seems to make getting a cold or flu a lot more bearable is knowing that there are plenty of treatment options. In addition to getting lots of sleep, using a humidifier, and staying hydrated, there are certain foods that are important to stock up on to help treat your cold, while possibly preventing future respiratory infections from occurring. Here are seven great foods to eat when you’re stuck sick in the house.

Raw Honey

Raw honey has been known to be an effective treatment for coughing, and some people insist it does an even better job than typical over-the-counter meds. Not only does raw honey do an excellent job of coating the throat to soothe irritation and inflammation, but honey also is full of antioxidants that help keep your body as healthy as it can be.

Hot Tea

Hot tea, especially green tea, is also packed with antioxidants, in addition to having anti-viral and antibacterial properties. Plus, the warmth from the green tea can help relieve congestion in the chest and sinuses.

Bone Broth

Most kinds of chicken noodle soup are great for helping you feel better when you’re sick, but slow-cooked bone broth is perhaps the best. Bone broth is rich in important nutrients such as magnesium and phosphorus, which are minerals that are already difficult enough to obtain even when you aren’t sick. When your body is deficient in some minerals, it has a harder time fighting off illnesses, so drink up.


The vitamin C found in citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, and grapefruit is incredibly helpful for strengthening your body’s immune system. The best option is to eat these fruits whole, but you can try making homemade juice if you’re feeling up to it. Try for homemade juice if you can, because many store-bought brands of citrus juices are packed with sugar and preservatives, which cancel out the health benefits naturally found in citrus.


Garlic is able to boost your immunity, since it is an antimicrobial and antibacterial food. If you don’t like the taste or smell of garlic, you can take garlic pills every day to ward off respiratory illnesses. 

Spicy Foods

If you’re feeling up to eating, try adding some spice to your meals, since spicy food often naturally gets the body to clear your sinuses naturally. Spice loosens the mucus and phlegm that clog up your body while you’re sick.


Freshly grated ginger, or pure ginger tea are great for settling an upset stomach and reducing feelings of nausea. 

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