Most of us agree. Dieting can be a challenge. But dealing with illness and dieting at the same time can stress the body into further illness triggering fatigue, mood swings and energy deterioration. Counting calories may need to be put on hold while the body heals. Opting for healthy, smart choices while sick can restore health and build immunity.
A strong immune system can block invading bacteria from entering the body. Healthy foods rid toxins and germs. The body must work harder to fight infection, so it is paramount to increase calorie levels with nutritious food. A clinical trial, conducted at the University of Michigan, concluded that extra calories increased the speed for healing. Nutrition immunology scientist Elizabeth Gardner and research team experimented with mice with the influenza virus. The mice, consuming fewer calories, most likely died during the initial stage of disease. It is pertinent to increase calories when ill, but most important, it is crucial to opt for a healthy diet that provides nourishment for optimal wellness.
Focus diet quality as well as quantity.
With proper diet, weight gain shouldn’t be an issue. There are certain strategies and foods to consider when weight loss is an issue. Eating healthy not only can help maintain ideal weight, but also prevent illness and disease. It is beneficial to eat 3 meals per day to maintain blood sugar levels. Adding light snacks between meals can boost energy levels. Illness can deplete the appetite so consuming broths and soups is a terrific way to obtain nourishment throughout the day.
Protein prevents illness and aids in weight loss
Protein restores health and repairs cells. When not enough protein and calories are consumed, muscle tissue can’t be maintained.When muscles burn calories, metabolism increases. Loss of muscle slows metabolism and causes calories to turn into fat. Good sources of protein are beans, soy milk, nut butters and lean poultry and fish. When illness leaves appetite to a minimum, quality protein shakes increase calories and provide nourishment.
Diet considerations while sick
The body uses fluids to battle viruses and infections. Also, the body uses less energy to digest liquids. Pure, filtered water flushes toxins out of the lymph system and can reduce temperatures. Decreasing sugar will not only save calories, but will speed recovery with illness. Sugar breaks down immunity by lowering white blood cells which are necessary to fight infection. According to authors Len Saputo, M. D. and Nancy Faass, M. S. W. of “Boosting Immunity,” a good rule of thumb to follow when ill is “if you can eat, you should”. Do not deny the body nutrients it needs for healing.
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