Myth or Fact: Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever

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Hi, I'm Dr. Oz. When cold and flue season roll around people often ask, should I really feed a cold and starve a fever? That old wives tale has been around a long time. Here's some better advice to feel better fast. Don't starve a fever or a cold, instead listen to your body. If your appetite's OK keep your immune system in peak form by eating vegetables, fruit, 100% whole grains, fish and skinless poultry.

Drink plenty of fluids. When you have a fever or a cold, all that sweating and dripping and mucus production can quickly dehydrate you. Guzzle water, tea, vegetables and fruit juices and yes, chicken soup. Sipping fluids helps to relieve annoying coughs and ease the stuffiness. Karma fever, acetaminofene in the right doses is the safest fever reducer.

If your temperature spikes to over 104 degrees where you develop severe ear or sinus pain or cough that lasts weeks call your doctor. Finally get plenty of rest, it helps your bodies T and B cells natural bug biters, they'll help bite off foods infections. I'm Dr. Oz, for more ways to stay healthy this cold or flue season, check our smart tips.