Treating flu or colds while on the HCG diet is challenging because most medications can interfere with the HCG shots. Flu and colds are typical viral infections that spread from person to person. In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are typically more intense and begin more abruptly.
Tips to Survive Cold and Flu During HCG Diet
- During the HCG diet ensure that you are drinking an adequate amount of water to flush out toxins that cause you to get sick.
- In the case of taking medications, find options that are not gel caps or sugar-coated. Avoid cough syrups or cough drops due to the sugar content.
- Mentally prepare yourself for stalling or slight gaining. When you’re sick, your body is focusing on making you better, so your weight loss may be affected.
- For a sore throat try hot water or tea flavored with stevia
- If you are looking for comfort food try making some HCG-safe chicken broth.
List of Products That Can Relieve Flu Symptoms
Ginger. It helps ease symptoms of common colds and flu and more. The most beneficial way to take ginger is by making ginger tea. You can use this on any phase of the HCG diet.
Elderberry. This is a wild berry that helps fight the flu. Elderberries are not allowed during the low-calorie phase of the HCG diet, so ensure to choose the safer options. If you are feeling too sick, you can take an interruption period.
Garlic. Garlic is a great at-home remedy because it can be used for many ailments. When garlic is chopped, chewed, or crushed it forms an anti-bacterial compound.
- Licorice. It contains anti-viral properties and can be used as an anti-inflammatory. It also helps soothe tissues and can ease a sore throat caused by common colds and flu. However, avoid this during the second phase of the HCG diet.
Vitamin C. This is found at high levels in fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C help with the common cold. Some HCG diet-friendly foods high in Vitamin C are strawberries, oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes, cabbage, and leafy greens.
Foods to Eat and Avoid While Having Flu
- Low-calorie broth
- Chicken soup (avoid adding heavy cream soups)
- Yogurt (Not permissible on VLCD)
- Vitamin C–containing fruits and vegetables
- Leafy greens
- Oatmeal (sugar-free)
- Spices (Refer to the food list for permissible spices)
Avoid the following:
- Caffeinated beverages
- Processed foods
Advice to Avoid Winter Colds
Boosting your immune system after you get sick to get over a cold is much less practical than improving your immune system before you get sick. People with the common cold also use vitamin C to help shorten their cold, but it is more effective when taken before the onset of illness to keep the body healthy so you never develop one in the first place.
A winter cold can also be prevented by eating fresh fruit and vegetables. Most of the fruits and vegetables allowed on the HCG diet are high in vitamins your body needs to stay healthy as you lose weight and reach your goals.