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What to drink when you're sick, according to a dietitian

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Literally, no one likes to be around someone battling a wet cough and fever, whether it's in the middle of a pandemic or not. Luckily, there are plenty of immunity boosters out there that can fight the nasty bugs for you (no need to clean out the shelves in the Cold & Flu aisle at your local pharmacy).

In the latest episode of You versus food, registered dietitian Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, RD, shares information on foods and drinks that will work in your favor, even if everyone around you is sniffling. If you are already sick, his recs will get you up and running again in no time.

"If you're going to the bathroom a lot or if you have a fever, chances are you're losing a lot of fluid," Beckerman says. "Drinking water will help, but you may continue to feel dehydrated until your electrolytes are fully replenished." That's why Beckerman recommends sipping coconut water when you're not feeling well; it has more electrolytes than regular H2O. Think of it as nature's Pedialyte.

Beckerman also recommends keeping hot tea handy when you're sick. "Hot water and steam are able to unclog sinus blockages," Beckerman says, adding that green tea in particular has been linked to immune system support. Whatever type of tea you brew, her pro RD tip is to add honey, which she says has long been studied as an antibacterial food.

Besides these beverages, Beckerman also highlights foods that protect against germs. Watch the episode above for its full immunity-boosting list. Thank you, next cold season.

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