November 2, 2016

Ask the Doctor – Is There Any Truth To “Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever”?

By Lindsay F. Herbert, DO, Family Medicine
Mission Community Medicine Old Fort

shutterstock-woman-with-coldQ: Is There Any Truth To “Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever”?

A: There is no truth to this saying. What is true is that a well-balanced diet full of a variety of fruits and vegetables and fruits of all colors, as well as one high in fiber and lean protein, is always important – especially when you are sick.

The common elements that help to fight off infection – vitamin C and zinc – are found in these foods naturally. If you have a fever, it’s important to stay well hydrated with water as well. There is a lot to be said for “supportive care” during cold and flu season, which is symptom management between you and your doctor, and taking care of yourself with a healthy diet and rest to give your body the fuel it needs to heal.


Dr. Herbert and her colleagues see patients from the Mission Community Medicine Old Fort practice located at 32 East Main Street in Old Fort. They welcome patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment, call (828) 659-5741.

Visit mission-health.org/flu to learn more about treatment options for the flu or other conditions.

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