Health myth #11

With colder weather inevitably heading towards the Tri-States, noses soon will be running, throats will be getting scratchy and fevers will be popping up all over.

But what is the best way to treat those illnesses.

We asked some Blessing Rieman College of Nursing students that exact question.

For this KHQA Safe Family Report, Jarod Wells shines some light on another health myth.

You've always heard that you should feed a cold and starve a fever. Is this true or false?

BRCN Senior Patricia Ederle said, "This is definitely a myth. The main thing you want to do for either a cold or fever is to hydrate a lot. You don't want to starve either of them."

In either instance you should eat plenty of healthy food and drink plenty of water.

Ederle said, "You don't really need Gatorade like everyone thinks unless you are vomiting or have lots of diarrhea."

There are some foods that may help you get over a cold or fever.

BRCN Senior Ashley Seagren said, "Foods high in anti-oxidants. They help you recover faster and reduce the chance of illness.

Things like raw vegetables, spinach and cantaloupe.

Seagren said, "Other things that can help are phytochemicals."

Those can be found in grains as well as fruits and vegetables. They help you battle a cold and are important for overall wellness. Also, foods high in bioflavanoids like citrus and green peppers, help speed up the healing process.

Seagren said, "Your mom always makes you chicken noodle soup, well it's actually good for you. It helps loosen up the secretions so you can get rid of them and it helps clear your sinuses as well. "