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Foods You Should Avoid with the Cold and Flu

By Sara Butler

When you’re feeling under the weather, eating the right foods in order to support a healthy body and immune system is only half the fight. For every kind of food out there that you should eat during an illness, don’t forget that there are also foods you need to avoid in order to get healthy. Here are a few foods you should give a wide berth when you’re feeling sick with the cold and flu.

Alcohol

If you’re starting to feel a cold or some other illness coming on, then you need to skip happy hour after work. Alcohol takes a big toll on the function of the immune system and drinking too much can make you susceptible to illness for up to 24 hours after you drink. Alcohol places stress on your body and makes it more difficult to recover too, so skip it!

Candy

When you’re not feeling good it may be the perfect excuse in your mind to have some candy, but when you’re sick, sugar should be avoided. Sweet stuff is the number one category of food you should avoid when you’re sick since it can contribute to inflammation that weakens your immune system. The cells in your body responsible for fighting off illness won’t work at full capacity if you have too much sugar.

Dairy

If you’re dealing with major congestion, then you may want to lay off the dairy. Milk and cheese can thicken your mucus and that can cause harmful allergens to stay in your system for a longer period of time. Whole milk has been found to stimulate mucus production too – and no one wants even more mucus when they’re already miserable and stuffy!

Full-fat dairy has also been found to do a number on your immune system when sick because it can contribute to a spike in inflammation, reducing your immune response.

Coffee

A steaming cup of coffee may seem like just the pick-me-up you need if you’re already feeling a little worn down, but if you want to recover quickly, then you might want to lay off the coffee. That’s because coffee can dehydrate you, which can make sore and aching muscles worse. Your immune system will work at its best when you’re well hydrated, so sip water instead of coffee when you can to get better.

You must support your body as it's trying to heal with the right foods and understanding what to avoid is part of the battle!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Bossier City, La.

 

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