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How to stay hydrated when you feel sick

Whether you’re struck with the flu, a run-of-the-mill cold, or a fever, you’re desperate to recover quickly. But how?

While it’s no immediate cure for what ails you, staying hydrated is a crucial step on the road to recovery. Think about it: if you have a fever, you sweat to cool yourself down. If you’re sneezing constantly, fluid exits your body in the process. If you have a sore throat, you’re probably avoiding eating any foods that can irritate your throat (and we know that some foods contain really high water content, so they can help you stay extra hydrated). When you’re sick, you’re losing water in one way or another — so it’s important replace the fluids you’re losing.

Need some ideas for staying hydrated when sick? Try one of these tips.

Drink Decaf Tea

When you’re sick, nothing sounds more comforting than a hot drink. A warm beverage can help calm a sore throat, a stuffy nose, a congested chest, and even an upset stomach. Decaf tea will deliver you the water your body needs, but it won’t keep you up when you need to rest. You can even add honey to help suppress coughing.

Make sure to make your tea in a spill-proof travel mug so you can stay on the couch without spilling anywhere (psst… we also have a tea infuser for your travel mug to help your recovery even more).

Sip on Soup

There’s a reason chicken noodle soup is touted as the cure for whatever ails you. Broth-based soups help you get calories (and water) in an easily digestible form. Plus, these soups might relieve inflammation in your body and break up mucus — perfect for when you’re feeling congested.

Drink Hot Water With Lemon

Similar to drinking decaf tea, this detox drink hydrates you while loosening up any congestion you’re experiencing. Plus, this citrus fruit is filled with Vitamin C, which may alleviate your symptoms a little faster. Not feeling the hot water? Cold water in a water bottle with infuser works too!

Ice Chips

Okay, sure, ice chips aren’t technically in the liquid state of matter. However, they’re great for keeping you hydrated if your stomach truly can’t handle frequent sips of water.


In addition to following the tips above, we recommend keeping a reusable spill-proof water bottle by your side as a reminder to keep sipping throughout the day (go for a large capacity water bottle; that way, you don’t have to get up for refills as often). And until you feel better, avoid sugary sports drinks and alcohol, which don’t do anything to make you feel better and might even worsen some of your symptoms.

Whether you’re feeding a cold or starving a fever, hydrating your body is always what the doctor ordered. With your BPA-free water bottle by your side, you’ll be feeling better in no time!

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