Flu and cold season is hitting the Denver area along with the rest of the country. When you or family members are sick, the symptoms may include an aversion to any type of food or drink, but it’s important to stay hydrated. According to an article written by Madelyn Fernstrom, the diet and nutrition editor at TODAY, you should check urine output for signs that you are not getting enough liquid. If the color changes from the normal pale yellow to a deeper yellow, it is a sign that you are getting dehydrated.
Sometimes plain water has an unpleasant taste for the person who is suffering from the cold and flu. Make it more tempting by adding chunks of citrus fruits to the glass or mix 100 percent fruit juices for a refreshing drink. It’s especially important to get enough liquid into your system if you have a fever. Cranberry juice, orange and grapefruit juice all have a lot of vitamin C, but if fruit drinks aren’t your favorite, try tomato juice or a vegetable blend.
Your body loses salt when you are running a body temperature above normal. Sports drinks like PowerAde and Gatorade will replenish the salts and fluids that you are losing. Dilute the drinks with plain water if the taste is too strong.
If warm and soothing is more comforting to you than cold beverages, drink those instead. Hot drinks like broths, soups and teas can often sooth a sore throat or stuffy nose. Try to avoid drinks with caffeine because it can promote the loss of fluids.
We all know the importance of staying hydrated, especially in high altitude areas like the Denver Metro region and the Front Range area. When the flu and cold bugs invade your home and your body, paying special attention to your fluid intake is vital.
How do you fight back when you are hit with illness? Do you have special herbal teas that you use from comfort and wellness? Do you find a Popsicle more comforting than a cup of clear broth? Share the recipes below. Your comment may help someone feel better as they wait for their illness to pass.