Everybody has their own recipe for what you should eat, or not eat when you’re sick. The range of advice is wide: chicken soup, dry toast, or fluids only. Now the scientists have found evidence of a link between dietary changes and recovery time.
According to the findings of the study suggest that eating more while combating a viral infection like the flu could help get better faster. But if a person has a bacterial infection like food poisoning, eating more is not the best way to recover.
These effects have been demonstrated in mice so far. Team leader Ruslan Medzhitov from Yale University says: “When animals are infected, they stop eating, and they switch to a fasting metabolic mode. The question was whether fasting metabolism is protective or detrimental [in humans].”
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