Are you feeling sick and under the weather? Are you trying to decide what to eat, but you don't feel like cooking anything? While you may not consider pizza to be a healthy food, some toppings can be very nutritious. If anyone questions why you're eating pizza instead of chicken soup, here are some things you can tell them about the various toppings:
Tomatoes: The lycopene and carotenoids that are found in tomatoes can help boost your immune system. If you already have the flu or a cold, a slice of pizza isn't going to cure you. But the boost to your immune system may help you to feel better, even if only temporarily. Raw or only partially cooked tomatoes also contain good amounts of vitamin C. Although you may already be taking vitamin C tablets in hopes of getting better sooner, tomatoes can be a tasty alternative to eating quite so many vitamin pills.
Mushrooms: Mushrooms are high in a number of vitamins and minerals that can help give your immune system a boost. Besides zinc, which you have probably already heard about, mushrooms have several B vitamins and selenium. Low amounts of any of these could be why you're feeling poorly in the first place. By putting mushrooms on your pizza, you could be helping your body get these nutrients back up to normal levels.
Onions and garlic: Both garlic and onions contain various sulfur compounds. While modern medicine has different antibacterials available, sulfur has long been known for its antifungal properties, as well as being able to fight bacteria. Ordering pizza with extra onions and garlic as toppings isn't going to replace getting a prescription for modern antibiotics, but it can still be a tasty meal that could help your body fight off the illness.
Hot peppers: If you're suffering from nasal congestion or a throat that's full of phlegm, putting hot peppers on your pizza may be just what you need. Spicy foods can cause your eyes and nose to run, which can help to break apart stubborn mucous that's clogging your nose and throat. While the relief may only be temporary, the mucous is home to whatever virus or bacteria is making you sick. Breaking up and flushing away this gunk may be just what your body needs to help fight off the illness. You could find similar relief with a saline nose spray, but eating pizza is definitely more fun, a local company like Chicago Deep Dish Pizza will likely be more than happy to help you feel better.