Unfortunately, winter seems a time when everyone around you is sick, and it’s almost impossible for you not to get sick yourself. Inevitably, you will be hit with it….. What do you do? Of course, make sure you get lots of rest and drink tons of water. But, are there foods to eat while sick that can help you get well faster?

Livestrong says that by eating healthy foods you can strengthen your immune system and prevent complications from your illness and possibly adding additional health problems later on. What are these healthy foods, you ask?

Ezine suggests the following

Foods to Eat While Sick:

1) Popsicles

 These are great for people with sore throats because they are soothing. They also help keep you hydrated. Try to find popsicles made from 100% fruit juice instead of sugar so you get more nutrients.

2) Vegetable Juice

Because you probably won’t want to make a salad when you’re not feeling well, vegetable juice is a great alternative. It is loaded with immune-boosting antioxidants and will help keep you hydrated.

3) Soup
Especially chicken noodle soup, can help nourish and hydrate you when you’re sick. It is known that chicken may have mild anti-inflammatory effect and may help with healing.

4) Garlic
It contains several antioxidants that keep your immune system healthy. You can use it to spice other food items up.

5) Ginger
This is a spice often used for people with stomachaches and nausea. It may help fight inflammation but mainly just helps to soothe symptoms. You can add it to foods or drink ginger ale to get its benefits.

6) Hot Tea
Tea without added sugar contains disease-fighting antioxidants. Try green or black tea while you’re sick. It can help to soothe a sore throat and relieve congestion.

7) Cottage Cheese
Consuming protein while you’re sick is especially important. Cottage cheese is an easy to digest food that will help you build up to eating more sources of protein.

8) Foods high in vitamin C
You can get lots of vitamin C from fruits like oranges, grapefruits, melons, black currants, strawberries, and cherries. Vitamin C helps to strengthen the immune system.

9) Yogurt
It contains probiotics that help fight illness and is full of protein. Yogurt is usually easy to prepare and digest. You may want to wait until you’re feeling a bit better to eat yogurt, though, because dairy products can cause increased mucous production.
Of course, the best thing is to always try to prevent yourself from getting sick by washing your hands, eating healthy all the time, exercise, and of course always getting enough rest. But if you do get sick, remember these great foods to help get you back in full swing.