Should You Really Starve a Cold or Feed a Fever?

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We've all heard the old adage, "starve a cold, feed a fever," but is it true that the severity of your illness should dictate how much food you consume?

What doctors say?

The majority of doctors agree that you should keep eating even if you have a minor illness like the common cold or the flu.

You should eat!

You should eat enough to keep your body running smoothly. Weakness results from the body breaking down muscle tissue for energy if you are ill and not eating enough.


To maintain an immune response and fight infection, the body's response to inflammation necessitates a significant amount of energy.

On the other hand, sickness symptoms like nausea, congestion, or a headache may make you feel less hungry.

What to eat?

If you're sick, drink a nutrient-rich smoothie or soup. A little food will help you feel better and give your body energy to fight the infection.

Dehydration can be an issue!

Dehydration is a serious risk when you have a cold or the flu, especially if you have vomiting and diarrhea.

Replacing lost fluids and electrolytes is critical when you're sick. Drinking plenty of fluids, particularly water, will assist in replacing fluids lost due to vomiting and diarrhea.

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