The flu. Yes as if 2020 hasn’t give us enough this year, we will soon be in the midst of flu season. If you find yourself with the flu this year, did you know drinking more water can actually help you ease your flu symptoms?
Drinking plenty of fluids is one of the best things you can do when you find yourself with the flu. When you have the flu, you might suffer from a runny nose and sweating, which often comes with a fever. This is why it is important to increase the amount of water your body loses, as dehydration might occur if your fluid intake is not increased.
According to myvmc.com, “when you have a cold or flu, drink a minimum of eight cups of fluid each day.” Drink water or another healthy fluid (ginger tea, juice or herbal tea) whenever you are thirsty. “But there’s no need to overdo it – too much can lead to hyponatreamia (a condition characterized by low levels of salt in the blood).” If you are otherwise healthy, use your thirst as a guide to when and how much you should drink.
Adults are advised to drink at around eight cups of water per day. “If you are caring for a child who is over one year ensure they drink a minimum of half a cup of fluid per hour. Pregnant women should increase their fluid intake to up to ten cups per day.”
What Not to Drink
While it is a good idea to drink more water, you should avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol. Both of these can dehydrate you.
What to Eat
My Virtual Medical Center also recommends eating the following foods when you have the flu:
- Eat nutritious foods, including fruits and vegetables
- Consume foods which boost the immune system
- Eat foods which may help relieve cold and flu symptoms like congestion
- Consume soft foods which are easier to swallow with a sore throat.
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