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Stick to a Regular Eating Schedule When You're Sick

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Even when you've done your best to fight off the winter blues and the miserable flu it's likely that everyone will get at least one mild sniffle at some point this winter. Even though it sucks being stuck at home with a fever it's not the end of the world as long as you know how to take care of yourself.

When you're sick your body needs more calories to function normally. In fact, for every degree your body temperature is elevated your metabolic rate is stimulated or elevated by 7%, so one of the worst things that you can do when you have a fever is not to eat because your body needs fuel to support its immune system.

It's important to stick to a regular eating schedule when you're sick because consuming fewer calories than normal can restrict your body's ability to heal. Nobody likes to be sick—especially for an extended period of time.

While a nasty cold or a bad case of the flu might ruin your appetite it's important to stay well-nourished and hydrated. Eating smaller portions of food more frequently and listening to your body to determine when you're actually hungry makes it easier to make it through the recovery process.