Do you burn more calo­ries when you have a fever?

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Advertisement - By Mar­i­lyn vos Sa­vant —Ron­ald Bayer, Philadel­phia, Pa. Send ques­tions to mar­i­lyn @ pa­rade.com

Yes. The maxim “Feed a cold, starve a fever” is not only wrong, it’s coun­ter­pro­duc­tive. When you’re ill, you need as much nu­tri­tion as you nor­mally do, and when you have a fever, you need even more. A higher tem­per­a­ture speeds up your me­tab­o­lism. This re­sults in ex­tra calo­rie burn, and if un­matched by in­take, it ex­ac­er­bates the weak­ness you of­ten feel when you’re sick. So it’s no sur­prise that you feel much bet­ter after you have some­thing to eat. Fever is also de­hy­drat­ing, which is one rea­son that drink­ing ex­tra wa­ter is es­pe­cially im­por­tant when you’re not well.

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