Best Foods to eat when sick .
We all get under the weather sometimes and we simply do not know what to eat to make us feel better we sometimes don’t feel like eating at all and seems like the world is coming to an end. Food is medicine when we treat it with respect, eat the right thing and eat numerous varieties. So what do we to eat when we are sick?
I remember when I was a little girl my mum used to give me oranges when I was poorly. I never understood why but, I always felt better when I ate them. I now understand that oranges contain water soluble vitamin and antioxidants. Vit C which helps get rid of free radicals in the body. It also has fibres which keep the blood sugar level under control. The natural sugar in orange also helps prevent the sugar levels in the blood from rising. They are good source of Vit A, Vit B1,Vit K, potassium and calcium. All these vitamins and minerals boost the immune system. Okay, enough of oranges!
Here are lists of foods to eat when sick. Baring in mind 3/4 of medications available today are plants exact.
Unfortunately, our health is the last thing we take care of until something terrible happens to us. We have to change that and be careful of what we eat. Most of the foods are readily available in our local shops.
What to eat when feeling Anxious and depressed
There are several factors that can affect your mood. This can be from your external environment or chemical makeup in the brain. Examples include pressures from work, debt, death in the family, poor nutrition, food allergies, bullying, infection, aggressive behaviours from other people, unkind words, food allergies and other dietary factors like excess refined sugar, alcohol, drugs . Other unhealthy lifestyle choices. Most chronic diseases are affected by your mood. So do you eat more when you feel anxious and depressed? So do you eat graze on everything you come across at home? Nooooo!! Eat foods that are rich in iron, Vit. B9, Vit B6 Vit B12 and Vit C.
Arthritis. This is a disease common in mature adults. I don’t want to use older people. I hear young people these days complaining of joints pains. So what can we eat to improve that??
Any condition that ends with ‘itis’ is an inflammation disease. It’s a disease that causes pain and inflammation to bones and joints.
Foods to eat when sick with bone disorders include .
- cayenne pepper
- green tea,
- raw juice therapy such as beetroot, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, orange, pineapple and spinach.
- Red berries and cherries are also good. All these are good sources of phosphorus, selenium, sulphur, Vit b6, Vit b9, vit c, vit d,
Best food to eat when sick with Cancer
Cancer is a type of disease characterised by out of control cell growth. The cells in our bodies follow a programmed routine, growth, division and death. When this orderly path breaks down, cancer cells begin to form. Unlike normal cells, cancer cells do not die, they grow and divide and grow. There are over 200 types of cancer and each is determined by the first cell they affect. Cancer harms the body when the cells clog together to form big lumps or tumours. Cancerous cells manage to move through the blood destroying other healthy cells in the process. Some cancerous cells can be genetic.
Food to consider in your daily diets includes berries, they contain the powerful antioxidant which prevents cancer cells from growing. Tomatoes have a high concentration of a compound called lycopene, which is an effective antioxidant. Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower help slow down the growth of cancer cells and also helps it to die. The curcumin in turmeric also helps to slow the growth of cancer cells. See some more foods below
- Whole grains
- Red Grapes
- Some bean especially red kidney beans
- Shiitake mushrooms
Best food to eat when sick with Ulcers:
The cause of ulcer is believed to be caused a bacterium called Helicobacter Pylori. This bacterium can live and grow in the lining tissue of the stomach wall. Avoid fatty foods and spicy foods when you have the ulcer.
Constipation and Diarrhoea.
Constipation can be caused by low fibre diet, not drinking enough water and or lack of exercise. Another culprit is under-active thyroid gland which slows down your metabolism. Certain medication such as painkillers can also cause constipation, too much dairy products and depression can make it difficult to go to the loo!! Both diarrhoea and constipation can also be caused by yeast infection, bacteria, virus, worm or parasitic infection.
For constipation use
- cranberry juice
- Pomegranate juice
Colds and coughs some foods to eat to improve your immune system.
Cold is caused by a virus. The meaning of virus in Latin is ‘poison’. Viruses are not alive on their own they need a living cell to survive. The cold or flu virus target the respiratory cells or the stomach gut. A healthy immune system should fight off these viruses pretty quickly but a more compromised immune system due to poor diet and unhealthy hygiene practices can cause serious damage when you get sick. Foods rich in Vit. D and zinc are known to boost the immune system.
- chilli pepper
- red, blue and black berries
Heart diseases. Our hearts are like the pumping station of our body. So what can we eat to improve the general health of heart?
Coronary Heart disease or Cardiovascular disease involves the heart, arteries, veins and capillaries. Heart conditions are caused when the arteries are clogged with fat and become so narrow that oxygen-rich blood is unable to reach the heart. Also, when the fatty material in the arteries breaks away, this can cause the blood clot. If the blood clot blocks the coronary artery and prevents crucial supply of oxygen-rich blood to the heart, then heart attack may occur.
Best Foods to eat to unclog your arteries include:
- persimmons-This is loaded with antioxidants which lower LDL and triglyceride. They have loads of fibres which help to regulate your blood pressure.
- green tea
- Rainbow trout
- Mushrooms (Maitake mushroom or dancing mushroom and Shiitake mushrooms)
Best foods to eat when sick with Diabetes.
Some fruits, vegetables and fish are good sources of nutrients that help to stabilise blood sugar levels, protect the heart and also save eye sights from damaging effects of diabetes. So what are the foods to eat when sick with diabetes?
- Soya bean