What Can You Eat to Help Combat the Common Cold?

Did you know that American adults can average about two to three colds a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? Therefore, if you have yet to experience the common cold this year, you might want to kick it up a notch when it comes to preventing the common cold this season.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Southcenter wants you to know how you can combat the cold with certain foods and other treatment methods so that you can get to feeling better as soon as possible!

Why Is Nutrition Important When You Are Sick?

When you fall ill, your body is working hard to fight the illness. In order to give your body the best chance at winning the fight, you need to feed it the nutrients it needs to replace the nutrients lost due to sickness.

In addition, there are many foods that you can eat that will help soothe your symptoms, including a sore throat.

Best Foods to Eat When Sick

  • Chicken soup
  • Broths
  • Garlic
  • Coconut water
  • Hot tea
  • Honey
  • Ginger
  • Spicy foods

What Are Other Ways to Treat a Cold?

Because the common cold is a virus, getting plenty of rest and drinking fluids are your best bets for getting over the illness quickly.

Taking over-the-counter medications for a sore throat, fever, body aches and headaches can also help to ease symptoms when trying to fight a cold.

Ways to Prevent a Common Cold

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Stay away from sick people.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces.

Are you feeling under the weather? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Southcenter today! No appointment is necessary.


3700 Cahaba Beach Road Birmingham, AL 35242

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