I will use nearly any excuse not to diet, and the topic of this blog post is no exception. Studies have shown that dieting constrains one’s ability to recover from illness, and how ingesting an appropriate amount of caloric intake is necessary in the recovery process.
A study conducted on mice in 2008 concluded that the mice who were designated to consume a lesser amount of calories while being exposed to the flu had an increased chance of not only contracting the illness, but also require an increased amount of time to recover from the flu as well. Although conducted on mice instead of humans, this study has a valid point, demonstrating how limiting one’s intake can affect not only one’s weight, but their overall health and well-being. This study could have been improved by being completed with humans rather than rats, but intentionally exposing humans to the flu could be considered unethical.
Consuming an adequate amount of calories and fluids are necessary in the recovery process, and for maintaining a good sense of overall health even when one is not necessarily ‘sick.’ Managing to stay healthy and ‘in shape’ can be achieved through a healthy, balanced-not restricted- diet, and is recommended to all. I don’t know about anyone else, but doing soseems like a win-win solution for me!
“Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever.” – Most Common Myths About the Common Cold. Health, n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2014.