Does eating help you recover quicker from a cold?

There is no scientific evidence that either is true. However, one study dismissed by many scientists was published in the journal Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology in 2002 by a team of Dutch scientists.

They found that eating a meal increases a type of immune response that fights off the viruses responsible for colds, while fasting seemed to stimulate an immune response that could help fight off the infections associated with most fevers. Most doctors and health care providers, and years of research on cold and flu sufferers say there is only one tried-and-true treatment: plenty of rest and fluids.

It helps to know that once a person has contracted a cold or the flu, it will run its course in 5 to 10 days.

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