Feed a fever, starve a cold?

Is that how the saying goes, or is it the other way around? My youngest son seems to want to starve his cold, while I have the opposite inclination. After three days of being home from school, he finally seems to be feeling better, skipping instead of walking and actually asking for food instead of being forced to sit down to a meal. My stuffy nose did also stifle my energy a bit, but certainly not my appetite. It seems blowing my nose is equivalent to running a marathon if my caloric intake is any indicator. That seems to be how I react to most health things~ smother with herbs (did you know St.John’s Wort is one of the few anti-virals out there?), vitamins, healthy foods and it has to help. Maybe. But my son’s approach has only left him a day behind in the recovery, and he seemed to have it worse. Maybe he’d be a bit further along the road to health with some organic ginger/carrot juice in his belly sloshing around with Emergen-C, or maybe you really should starve a cold. I’ve at least kept us both away from dairy, except for my daily breakfast of Greek yogurt and Udi’s granola. I have a lot of nose blowing to do so I need to keep my strength up after all.


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