Should you feed a cold and starve a fever? Study investigates

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With the common cold and influenza seasons starting to become year round it’s good to know what to do and what not to do when it comes to eating. Nutrition plays a vital role in the health of ourselves. We store nutrients and minerals to heal our body and help us grow, heal, and fight infections. Making sure you’re eating the right things while sick has a huge role in recovery as well.

Key Takeaways:

  • the team found that food intake during infection may influence the immune system’s ability to fight pathogens,
  • The researchers are now in the process of investigating how changes in sleep patterns affect the immune system’s ability to stave off infection
  • the team found that it was glucose that proved fatal to the force-fed mice; proteins and fats appeared to have no effect.

“In the case of this latest study, the team found that food intake during infection may influence the immune system’s ability to fight pathogens, depending on whether the infection is bacterial or viral and what type of foods are consumed.”

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