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Best Drinks To Sip On When You're Sick and What To Avoid?

Drinks and beverages are becoming an essential part of our daily life. Drinks are opened up to cheer and also opened to take care of our body. We have perceived it before that it is advantageous to drink plenty of fluids when feeling sick because a sufficiently hydrated body can fight easily with germs. When we are sick, we have been told by physicians to take plenty of drinks or fluids. Some drinks consist of nutrients and ingredients which boost our immune system and beat off sickness from the body. But, which drinks or fluids are beneficial to sip in sickness? Let’s take a look.

Best Drinks To Sip On When You're Sick and What To Avoid

Best Drinks to Sip on When Sick

  1. Water
  2. Ginger tea
  3. Rosehip and hibiscus tea
  4. Astragalus tea
  5. Sage tea
  6. Smoothies & fresh juice
  7. Tomato tea
  8. Hot cocoa
  9. Thyme tea
  10. Echinacea tea
  11. Green tea
  12. Lemon water
  13. Golden milk
  14. Coconut water
  15. Honey water

1. Water

Water helps in flushing out harmful toxins from the body. Water makes our mucus membrane hydrated which traps particles of bacteria and dust and prevents them from reaching our lungs. Water allows our body to heal itself by clearing our blood properly. That is why, taking plenty of water helps in clearing illness from the body.

2. Ginger Tea

Ginger tea acts like a heater inside our body by giving a warming effect. It is favorable to take ginger tea in winters as a health tonic. It contains several vitamins and minerals which help in getting relief from sore throat and bad cough conditions. It prevents fever and chills because of chromium present in it. Ginger tea removes harmful toxins from the body and cleanses our body.

3. Rosehip and Hibiscus Tea

Rosehip and hibiscus tea are rich sources of Vitamin C. Hibiscus tea is a very powerful anti-oxidant and used globally as medicinal herb. Rosehip is a fruit of rose and contains high amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and antioxidants. This tea helps our body to a great extent in fighting with infection.

4. Astragalus Tea

Astragalus tea boosts our immune system and gives relief from flu and cold. It is preferred to use astragalus roots in making tea in winters as it acts as a preventive remedy against cold and flu.

5. Sage Tea

Sage tea is a very effective remedy for getting rid of cough and sore throat. To make this tea, pour hot water on two spoons of dried sage and let them soak in hot water for ten minutes. This tea is very good to be sipped in sickness.

6. Smoothies & Fresh Juice

Juice & Smoothies of green veggies and Fresh fruits provide nutrients to the body and make it work properly. We can use a mixture of cucumber, mint and kale in making fresh green juice. We can also use the mixture of ginger, lemon, carrot and orange for making a healthy juice. These all boost our immune system and give relief from sickness.

7. Tomato Tea / Soup

Tomato tea is a good option to take when we can’t eat tomato in sickness. It provides a good amount of nutrients to our body. Blend two tomatoes and pour them in a pan, add two cloves of crushed garlic and also add some hot sauce. Heat until it becomes hotter. You can use this tomato tea throughout the day.

8. Hot Cocoa

We can consume cocoa as it is the chocolate’s purest and raw form. It is the second most valuable drink after water. Cocoa is delicious in taste and rich in antioxidants and nutrients. It is used globally as a health beneficial drink. It helps the body in fighting with sickness causing germs and also enhances our happy mood.

9. Thyme Tea

Thyme tea is an effective remedy during sickness. It is generally found in our kitchens. This herb contains many disease fighting antioxidants which gives us relief in the flu, cold, cough and sore throat.

10. Echinacea Tea

Echinacea tea has more power than medicines in treating flu, sore throat, fever and cough. Drinking this tea at an early stage of fever can reduce the duration and severity of fever.

11. Green Tea

Green tea consists of antioxidants which make the cells healthier by preventing action of free radicals. Green tea has anti-viral properties which helps our body to fight against various viruses and flu. Green tea is affordable and can be obtained easily from the market.

12. Lemon Water

Lemons contain Vitamin C in higher amounts. Drinking lemon water by squeezing fresh lemon in a glass of warm water daily boosts our immune system, promotes health of white blood cells and makes our gut condition healthy. Lemons detoxify our body and also decrease the risk of kidney stones.

13. Golden Milk

It is an Ayurvedic traditional drink consisting of turmeric and milk. Turmeric has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which reduce inflammation in the body and improves overall health. Drinking milk with mixing turmeric in it promotes the body's immune system and provides relief from sickness.

14. Coconut Water

It is full of electrolytes like magnesium, sodium and potassium. Coconut water helps in regulating balance in fluids, prevents dehydration and enhances body functions. Coconut water is favorable to take in almost all kinds of illnesses.

15. Honey Water

Taking honey water during sickness is effective in treating coughs and also has beneficial effects in improving the quality of sleep. The antioxidant properties in honey excrete out harmful toxins from the body and reduce stress in the body. Its daily intake is really good to maintain respiratory health as well as weight.

Drinks to Avoid When Sick

  1. Alcohol
  2. Sugary beverages
  3. Coffee

1. Alcohol

Alcohol can increase inflammation in the body, which gives more trouble to a sick person. Having excess amounts of alcohol can suppress the working of the immune system and decrease the body's ability to fight against disease causing germs. So, Alcohol should be avoided not only during sickness but all the time.

2. Sugary Beverages

Taking more sugary beverages can increase the risk of digestion problems in sick people. It can disturb blood sugar level easily because a sick person is already suffering from lack of a solid diet. That’s why it is not preferred while being sick. Also, avoiding beverages with high amount of sugar during normal health, aids in preventing many disorders.

3. Coffee

It is advised to avoid coffee when feeling sick because coffee contains caffeine in it, which can show diuretic effect in the body. Increased urine output can disturb the fluid balance and lead to dehydration in the body.


As mentioned above, drinks affect a lot in making our health conditions good or worse when suffering from sickness or at normal times. That’s why, drinks or beverages should be of good choice. It is necessary to take drinks which are beneficial in sickness and avoid those, which can take sickness to an extreme level. Thus, following the recommendations for healthy and unhealthy drinks can help you for better health.

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