What you need to know about intermittent fasting to help with the cold or flu
Fasting while sick conserves energy and assists the healing process
Do you long for an inexpensive but yet effective way to help you heal when you get the cold or flu? Are you taking vitamin C, antibiotics, echinacea or elderberry and it seems like it is taking you FOREVER to recover? Well, I got great news for you! In this post, I will go through what you need to know about intermittent fasting to help with the cold or flu. In one of my previous posts, I spoke about the benefits of fasting and even mentioned Hippocrates had recommended abstinence from food or drink for patients who exhibited certain symptoms of illness.
If you fast while you are sick you will reserve that precious energy that is usually spent towards digestion and redirect it towards the healing process! There is evidence that suggests food restriction is one of the important behavioral strategies that organisms have evolved for the fight against pathogenic invasion1. It turns out that we are actually designed to not be hungry when we have an active infection. Infection-induced anorexia is a behavior systematically organized for pathogen elimination2.
Avoid eating anything you want when your sick
Knowing this information, I’m sure puts a whole new perspective on eating while you are sick. Say goodbye to the old adage to eat anything you want during illness and hello to restricting calories. It seems to me that the best thing to eat during this time would be bone broth! There are multiple benefits to it. Not only will it keep you in ketosis and in a semi-fasting state ( see my post), it will provide you with protein that you could definitely use for healing in this time of need.
Protein makes up the critical cell structure in muscle, viscera, red cells, and connective tissue. Protein synthesis is essential for any tissue repair3. Bone broth also contains collagen, which is an excellent perk as it will help rebuild damaged joint tissues. As an aside, it is also great for reducing wrinkles (wink-wink). One double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that collagen supplements used daily among women ages 35–55 for eight weeks significantly improved skin elasticity4. A bone broth I really like is found here.
So with all that being said, next time you have come down with the cold and flu, take on a little fasting to help expedite the healing process. The ancient Greek writer and historian Plutarch ( c. 46-c, 120)even echoed these sentiments. He wrote, ” Instead of using the medicine, better fast today5. ” I hope you can find this information useful -especially during cold and flu season. Let us heal holistic keto goddess style! Namaste!