Whenever I feel a little lump in my throat or unusual stomach cramps, I know my body is sending me a message that my immune system is compromised and to take action NOW!!
Our bodies are beautiful creations that allow us to experience life fully in this form and when they are not being loved enough or fed properly they rebel and sickness seeps in… they let us know they are tired and we must listen to them.
As a mom, I am much more aware of these messages and take precautions immediately! When I go down, the household goes down. So the shorter amount of time I spend miserable (I’m a horrible sick person) and in bed… the better for everyone in my household.
- sore throat
- aches and pains
- sinus congestion
Our body must be fed accordingly to fight whatever ails us.
I love this article by Dr. Mercola. He clearly states that we “must address nutrition, sleep, exercise, and stress the moment you first feel yourself getting a bug. This is when immune-enhancing strategies will be most effective. When you’re coming down with a cold, it’s time to address ALL of the contributing factors immediately, which includes tweaking your diet in favor of foods that will strengthen your immune response.”
We must feed our bodies what it needs to heal itself.. and every ailment requires a little bit different nutritional strategy.
Want to now what to eat when you are sick (and foods to avoid)? Check out Dr. Mercola’s article:
The Worst Foods to Eat When You’re Sick,
and the Best Ones
When you’re sick, you body needs special care, not only in the form of extra rest but also in the foods you eat. Choosing foods carefully can help you to feel better faster, and is crucial because, although you might not feel like eating much at all, your body needs more calories to function when you’re ill.
Research actually shows that cutting back on calories may make you more likely to come down with the flu, and lead to more severe symptoms and a longer duration of illness, than eating a regular diet.1
That being said, you don’t want to overeat either, as digesting food takes energy, and your body needs all the energy it can get to go toward fighting off the illness. A better approach is to listen to your body; eat when hungry and don’t worry about it if you’re not, while always focusing on drinking plenty of fluids.
And, when you do eat, make every calorie count by focusing on nutrient-dense, whole foods, including these specific dietary choices depending on your condition.
The faster you act, the quicker your body will heal… and the less downtime you need to recover.
What steps do you take when you feel the initial immune compromise? Please inspire us!
Live Hippily… and listen to your body!