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Fevers are part of being sick. Most people have a normal body temperature of 98.6 F (37 C), Except for very young children, you are not medically considered to have a temperature until it reaches 100.4 F (38.0 C). When you get a viral or bacterial infection, your body fights it by raising your body temperature. Your immune system works more efficiently at higher temperatures, and viruses and bacteria are sensitive to temperature. Let your immune system . If your fever reaches 104F (40C) or a child under three months has a temperature of 100.4, you should seen by a doctor.

Treating A Fever

Doctors recommend fluids when you have a fever. Starving a fever (or is it a cold?) is not proper protocol. Focus on drinking good quality liquids that provide nutrition and eat watery fruits and soups. Avoid sugary foods and drinks as sugar is very hard on your body and may prevent the immune system from working properly. You’ll find some great suggestions on what to eat to ease a fever, plus the number one cure for colds and fevers!

Hot Tea

Hot tea has many healthy properties. Since it is hot, the steam acts as a decongestant. Tea is rich in polyphenols, a substance that acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. One polyphenol, tannin has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Tea also helps keep you hydrated. Try adding a bit of honey (as long as the drinker is over 1 year old) because honey has potent antibacterial effects and can soothe a sore throat.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are important to keep you healthy. Focus on eating foods rich in antioxidants to help fight off a fever and help you heal. Fruits and vegetables are typically high in antioxidants. Plus, the watery content helps keep you hydrated. Antioxidant rich fruits include grapes, blueberries, raspberries, cantaloupes, and sweet potatoes. These are easy to chew and won’t scratch a sore throat. Eating fresh fruit is always better than drinking fruit juice that is high in sugar and low in nutrients.

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Ingest Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a traditional infection fighter. Humans are the only mammals that can’t synthesize vitamin C so we need to eat vitamin C rich foods. These include oranges, watermelon, strawberries, pineapple, kiwi and cantaloupe. Pineapples are good cough suppressants, so you can help two symptoms! citrus fruits contain flavonoid compounds that decrease inflammation and boost immune cell functions. Again, eat the fresh variety over canned or juices. You’ll get less harmful sugars and more healthy nutrients in the real thing.

Eat Healthy Veggies

Veggies contain important nutrients that will enhance your immune system while providing you with needed liquid. For watery veggies, try cucumbers, carrots, corn, pumpkin and squash, tomatoes, spinach and bell peppers. Eating a rainbow of veggies will give you the widest range of nutrients important to fighting off a fever. Eat them raw or steamed for best nutrition. Boiled potatoes, the one exception to the raw/steamed rule, are an excellent source of calories and sit easy on your stomach. Your body needs good quality calories to fight off an infection.

Pick Probiotics

Fight bad bacteria with good bacteria. Your gut contains millions of bacteria that help keep you healthy. Taking antibiotics kills off all bacteria, not just the bad bacteria. Studies find that eating probiotic rich food lowers fevers in children. Eat probiotics with a fever or when taking antibiotics. Yogurt is a very easy way to get probiotics. Look for the “Live & Active Culture” seal of approval. Try Greek yogurt. It’s lower in calories and sugars but higher in protein.

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Add Protein

When you are sick, your body needs protein to support your immune system. Choose good quality protein like scrambled eggs, chicken, and quinoa. Plant protein is every bit as healthy as meat protein, so eat what sounds good. If eating is too much, try getting your protein in smoothies. Add fruit for extra antioxidants and nutrition. We still haven’t gotten to the single best fever fighting food! It includes everything you need to support your body’s immune system.

Try Coconut Water

Coconut water is not just for post-workouts! Coconut water can help you stay hydrated while feverish and may be more palatable than water on an upset stomach. Coconut water contains glucose and electrolytes needed for re-hydration and can replace lost nutrients. Like tea, coconut water contains the polyphenol tannin. Tannins calm inflamed stomach lining and have antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Coconut water also contains anti-oxidants and minerals to help you feel better.

Broth

A broth is a thin, savory soup that may contain chunks of veggies or meat. Broths are very good for rehydrating you. They are an excellent source of calories, vitamins and minerals necessary to support your immune system. Add garlic for extra germ fighting potency. Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal effects. If you can stand spicy food while under the weather, add some capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili peppers.

Chicken Soup

The single best fever fighting, immune system supporting, feel good food you can eat is chicken soup. Yup. Mom was right. Chicken soup made from broth contains almost everything you need — vitamins, minerals, calories and protein. If you are vomiting or have diarrhea, replace needed electrolytes with chicken soup. Chicken soup contains the amino acid cysteine that breaks apart mucus. It inhibits neutrophils that may cause coughing or stuffy noses. And chicken soup is an anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

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Conclusion

Fevers are not bad, despite how you may feel. Allow your body to fight off infection using the time-honored technique of raising your body temperature. Make sure you support your body by drinking healthy fluids like chicken soup and tea. Eat antioxidant rich foods like fruits. Take in protein to support your immune system. If your fever exceeds 104F, contact your doctor. Your immune system needs more support from medicine when that happens. If your infant’s temperature exceeds 100.4, contact your doctor. Other than that, let your body do its .

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Osinbajo says COVID-19 vaccine must be affordable, accessible

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Vice – President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria lacks the resources to pre -pay for COVID – 19 vaccine.
He has , therefore , appealed to Europe to closely with Africa to ensure that when a vaccine is finally deployed, it should not be on the basis of the highest bidder but rather be made available at an affordable and accessible manner .
According to a statement on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande , the Vice – President spoke at the virtual 2020 EURAFRICA Forum with the theme , ‘ Towards a realistic Euro -African partnership during and beyond the COVID -19 era’ held on Friday .
Akande ’ s statement was titled , ‘ COVID -19 pandemic: Vaccine distribution should be accessible to all , not on the basis of highest bidder , says Osinbajo at EURAFRICA Forum.’

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He quoted Osinbajo as saying that “ Although Nigeria does not have the resources or means to pre -pay for a COVID – 19 vaccine, we are fortunate to be a GAVI supported country and we urge the EU to lend support to GAVI ’s effort to ensure equitable global access to COVID -19 vaccines under the COVAX initiative.
“ This way, poorer countries and their citizens will get the vaccines that they need at the same time as the rest of the world .”

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COVID-19: PDP urges prayers for Umahi, Ortom’s wife

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called for prayers for the speedy recovery of Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi , the wife of Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom , Eunice, as well as other Nigerians who have tested positive to COVID-19.
The PDP described the increase in the spread of the pandemic across the country as disturbing.
The party in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, however, restated its charge to Nigerians not to succumb to fear but at the same time redouble their vigilance and adherence to preventive measures of personal hygiene, social and physical distancing and early reporting of symptoms.
“The PDP urges Nigerians not to let down their guard but remain conscious of the reality of COVID-19, especially with the easing of social restrictions in the country.
“The party urges the federal government to intensify efforts in awareness campaign as well as providing economic stimulus to minimize social exposure and vulnerability of Nigerians in various sectors of endeavours.
“The PDP restates its call for the concerted commitment of all citizens in reciprocating the sacrifices of our health workers and others on the front lines to defeat the pandemic in our country,” the statement read in part.

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