The Sick Exerciser Diet
Coming off the holidays, I’ve known dozens of people coming down with CoVid-22… colds… flu’s… and other crud.
So I decided to put together a list of my Top 4 Recovery Foods to help you get nutrients back into your system… get back on your feet… and hit the gravel running again (literally or metaphorically).
Even though sometimes when you are sick, food sounds about as good as an old sock - try these out and see if they help you bounce back sooner.
Here you go:
#1: Chicken Noodle Soup: Believe it or not, slurping on chicken noodle soup is one of the best ways to hydrate and replenish electrolytes. In college my exercise physiology professor raved about chicken noodle soup being the “heavyweight champion” of hydration – even better than water… and colored sports drinks (and without the excessive sugar).
#2: Berries: Berries such as blueberries and strawberries are loaded with a polyphenol (plant chemical) called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins give them their vibrant coloring and are also immune-boosting, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. It’s believed they act similar to an offensive lineman by blocking bacteria and viruses from attaching to cells. In a review of 14 studies, researchers found polyphenol supplements (similar to something like Vital Reds) dropped the days a person was sick with a cold by a whopping 40%.
#3: Avocados: This wonder fruit gives you tons of healthy fats (which will hold you over for hours), fiber and a plentiful amount of vitamins and minerals. Plus, it’s pretty easy to digest which is a major perk when you are under the weather. Cut one in half and squirt a little lemon juice to really bring out the flavor.
#4: Salmon: If you have a stomach bug fish may be no bueno. However, this delicious fish is one of the best sources of protein. Plus, it’s loaded with omega-3’s which have powerful anti-inflammatory effects. To top it off, it is a great source of vitamin D which is the unsung hero for boosting the immune system (almost up there with “vit-uh-min C” – as our Aussie friends say).
Try these and see if they help you bounce back and bring your best again.
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