Why are we normally advised to take bland and nourishing food when we are sick?


-Priyanti, Subject Matter Expert at Edumarz

Solution: When we fall ill, our body fails to function properly. When that happens, we need proper rest and nutrition to replenish the body and restore its normal functioning. The diseased body needs more energy than a healthy one to recover as in the former case, cells need this extra energy to overcome the infection. So, patients are advised to eat only nourishing foods so that they receive the proper nutrients needed by their body to fight their illness. In addition, a patient’s diet has to be properly palatable, so that it is processed thoroughly by their weakened digestive system. So it is advisable to feed them bland food items that are easily digested and assimilated. Intake of rich and heavy foods during sickness can aggravate the problem and delay the healing process. Thus, patients are normally advised to eat bland and nourishing food only.

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