The Best Foods to Eat When You're Sick

Don't let being sick keep you from eating right! Learn what to reach for next time you're unwell.

The Best Foods to Eat When You're Sick

Don't let being sick keep you from eating right! Whether you've got the sniffles or a stomach bug, a diet of nutrient-rich, whole foods is crucial to a speedy recovery. Some foods, however, are better than others depending on what's ailing you. Learn what to reach for next time you're unwell.

Best Food for Allergies: Kale

Kale contains flavonoids that reduce the body's histamine response and can help reduce allergy symptoms like nasal congestion and sneezing. It's also an anti-inflammatory food that can help ease the pain of sinus infections.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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