The Best Dietary Plan When You're Under the Weather

By Stepy Kamei

The common cold is known to be "common" for a reason -- it affects all of us at some point or another. Since it's such a well-known health issue, we're all pretty aware of the things we can do to help get over the cold faster. You probably already know that taking in plenty of fluids, getting lots of rest, and sipping hot tea or broth are just a few common methods we can turn to for faster recovery and relief from some of the worst symptoms of a cold. It's also good to know what you shouldn't be doing while battling a cold in order to improve your health. The food you consume can greatly influence how quickly you can bounce back from a cold or sickness. If you tend not to work up much of an appetite when you're sick, you may not need to worry as much, but generally, you should remember to avoid foods that cause inflammation, such as these three culprits.

High Amounts of Sugar

Too much sugar is never really good for a person even when they're in good health. However, when you're sick, you really want to go the extra mile to avoid the ways it can negatively impact your body. The inflammation caused by sugar will only make your muscles ache more and your head feel more stuffed up. If you really want to sweeten up your food, adding honey to your meals is a great alternative, since it contains antioxidants and can soothe the throat from irritation.

Fried and Greasy Foods

Strangely enough, sometimes the body really craves these kinds of foods as it's recovering from a cold. I know I certainly have. Don't give in to this temptation, though; foods like these, which are highly acidic to the body and will only weigh your stomach down, which can lead to queasiness and increase inflammation. You know greasy food is best in moderation even when you're completely healthy, so why take the risk when you aren't feeling well?


For some reason, I find that I almost always start craving milkshakes and ice cream when I'm sick -- maybe I think the cold will soothe my throat. However, it turns out that dairy can increase production of phlegm and mucus in the body, which does you no favors. 

Keep in mind the foods you should avoid when you're trying to recover from an illness; no sense in being under the weather any longer than you have to be.