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Don't Eat These Foods When You're Sick

By Sara Butler

If you’re waging war with a stomach bug, the last thing on your mind is probably what you’re going to eat. Eventually, you will have to eat again. That’s why you need to know that what you choose to eat at this time can have a big impact on your health and your ability to recover from illness. Here are some foods you should avoid when you’re feeling under the weather.


Don’t shoot the messenger! It can be tough to go without coffee if you’re used to a cup every morning, but if you’re sick -- especially with a stomach bug -- then coffee is not your friend. Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it can cause you to use the bathroom frequently and contribute to becoming dehydrated. Hydration is essential when you’re fighting illness if you want to recover quickly, so opt for water instead.

Orange Juice

This one goes against conventional wisdom because most people reach for orange juice when they’re not feeling well. The problem is that when you’re battling a cold or a cough, orange juice can make a tender throat hurt even worse. The citric acid in orange juice can irritate a throat that is already inflamed, making your throat hurt more and increase healing time.


The problem with sweets is the refined sugar. When you’re sick, your immune system needs to be functioning full throttle, but eating refined sugar can suppress your immune system’s ability to fight off infection. Sugar also pulls fluid out of your gastrointestinal tract, and if you’re already fighting a stomach bug it can cause, or create more, unpleasant bathroom events!

Crunchy Snack Food

Any food with an abrasive texture isn’t going to do any favors to a delicate throat inflamed by a cold or a cough. Try to avoid chips, toast, granola, and the like if your throat is feeling sore. The more your throat becomes irritated, the longer you will end up feeling crummy.


Soda has many of things already mentioned to avoid – caffeine and sugar! If you’re looking for something that tastes good to help replenish fluids and support a healthy immune system, opt for something such as coconut water instead. Diet soda is a no-no too since it has artificial sweetener in it and is difficult for your body to digest.

So, if you fall under the weather this winter, make sure to avoid these foods so you can support your body and hopefully heal quicker!

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