#815: MM- Is it an old wives’ tale to “starve a fever, feed a cold”?
This is Judy Gaman, author of the award winning book Age to Perfection: How to Thrive to 100, Happy, Healthy, and Wise and this is your Stay Young Medical Minute. Each day I bring you one new tip that will help you stay young and vibrant. Have you ever heard the old wives’ tale “starve a fever, feed a cold” well some research from the Indiana school of medicine suggest that this is actually a myth. Limiting your caloric consumption may actually hurt your immune system more than helping it — it would certainly be a bad idea to not eat during the six- to eight-day duration of a cold. You need to give your body nutrients and healthy foods packed with vitamins to insulate your immune system to fight off the fever causing illness or infection. Doctors in Indiana actually say to go ahead and eat if you can, and make healthy and meaningful food choices especially during this time. They also reminded us to make sure to drink plenty of fluids.We want to empower you with as much health information as possible. Visit Stayyoungamerica.com for free pod casts of the Staying Young Radio Show with over a hundred different health topics or you can follow us on Twitter @StayYoungMedia
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