Call Now to Speak with a Care Manager Speak with a Care Manager Now: (480) 699-4899

Top 7 Foods and Drinks to Fight the Flu

By Marius Butas, 9:00 am on

There are many foods and drinks that can help your loved one stop the flu. Mesa senior home care experts suggest including some of these 7 foods and drinks in your loved one’s diet when he or she has the flu.

1. Ice Pops

The cold from ice pops helps soothe the throat while making sure your loved one stays hydrated. Consuming enough fluids helps mucus become thinner so the body can get rid of it easily. Look for pops made with fruit juices.

2. Turkey

Eating a simple turkey sandwich gives your loved one’s body the energy it needs to fight the flu. The lean protein found in turkey meat helps build the immune system. 

3. Vegetable Juices

While it is important to watch the sodium level in vegetable juices, your loved one can drink some while he or she has the flu. Drinking vegetable juices can help your loved one stay hydrated and help build the immune system by providing important antioxidants and nutrients.

4. Chicken Soup

If you encourage your loved one to eat a bowl of chicken soup during a bout of flu, he or she may start to feel better. Eating chicken soup helps ease the bronchial tube and prevent viruses from getting up the nose, although scientists do not completely understand how this works.

5. Ginger

Encourage your loved one to consume some ginger when he or she comes down with the flu. Your loved one can add ginger to foods or drink flat ginger ale. Consuming ginger helps fight flu-induced nausea, and it has also been shown to stop inflammation.

6. Tea

Both green and black teas contain important antioxidants. Sniffing in the hot steam helps clear stuffy nose passages. Tea can also help your loved one stay hydrated.

7. Bananas

Bananas are easy to digest and can even help stop cramps. When your loved one has the flu, eating a banana can be an effective way to treat diarrhea and nausea. 

Encourage your loved one to eat healthy foods such as these if he or she feels a flu coming on. It is also important to make sure he or she stays hydrated while fighting the flu. For more information on managing your loved one’s flu symptoms, call Home Care Assistance, a trusted name in elder care, at (480) 699-4899. We provide reliable respite and live-in care Mesa families trust, and we also offer specialized care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. To learn more about our elderly care services, call one of our qualified Care Managers to schedule a complimentary consultation.