9 Foods Not To Eat When Sick

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Illness can be depressing and debilitating and  food is very important part of our every day life. However not every type of food is good when you are sick.   Some foods and drinks out there can make you feel even worse. Here are 9 foods and beverages courtesy of MSN lifestyle you should avoid when you’re sick so you can feel better faster.

  1. Coffee

coffee beans and coffee in coffe cup

Coffee is a diuretic, so if you are ill in particular if you have a problem with your stomach  it can make you pee a lot leaving you dehydrated.

Caffeine is even worse when you’re dealing with vomiting or diarrhea since both can cause you to lose fluid.
Plus, caffeine can actually stimulate the muscles in your digestive tract and make your diarrhea more intense, Dr. Arthur says.

 

2. Orange Juice

orange juice and orange slices

Orange juice’s tart acidity can hurt your throat if you have a cough or cold.

“It contains citric acid, which irritates the lining of your already-inflamed throat,” says Taz Bhatia, MD, a professor of integrative medicine at Emory University and author of What Doctors Eat.

That means your throat will hurt more and take longer to heal.

 

3. Cookies/sweets

cookies
Eating refined sugar can temporarily suppress your white blood cells’ ability to fight off bacteria, says Dr. Arthur.
For a few hours after snacking on sweets, cookies, candy, or sugary cereal, your immune system is weaker. So if you have an illness particularly a stomach bug your body will be less efficient at fighting off the germs that are making you sick.

 

4. Soda/Minerals

Slide 4 of 9: <p><strong>When to skip it:</strong> You have any type of illness, but especially a <a href="http://www.menshealth.com/health/stomach-flu-survival-guide">stomach bug</a>.<br><strong>Why it makes you feel worse:</strong> Like coffee, caffeinated sodas are dehydrating. And they're loaded with <a href="http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/is-sugar-bad-for-you">sugar</a> that suppresses your immune system and messes with your GI tract, says Dr. Arthur. </p><p>If water just isn't appealing, try a lower-sugar drink with rehydrating electrolytes—like a sports drink or coconut water, says Dr. Arthur.</p><p><a href="http://www.prevention.com/health/effects-of-diet-soda">Diet soda</a> is off-limits, too. "Many <a href="http://www.menshealth.com/weight-loss/artificial-sweeteners-and-weight-loss">artificial sweeteners</a> are large molecules, which can't be broken down and digested well," Dr. Arthur says. That can cause bloating, cramping, and even diarrhea.</p><p>In other words, it just makes whatever stomach symptoms you're already experiencing even worse.</p>

If you have stomach symptoms Like coffee, caffeinated sodas are make it worse they dehydrate you. And they’re loaded with sugar that suppresses your immune system and mess with your GI tract, says Dr. Arthur.

If you do not like water try a drink with low sugar content and with rehydrating electrolytes like coconut water or a sports drink.

“Many artificial sweeteners are large molecules, which can’t be broken down and digested well,” Dr. Arthur says. That can cause bloating, cramping, and even diarrhoea. So diet drinks are not on the cards either.

5. Crisps/ Crunchy snacks

 

Slide 5 of 9: <p><strong>When to skip them:</strong> You have a <a href="http://www.menshealth.com/health/causes-of-cough">cough</a> or sore throat.<br><strong>Why they make you feel worse:</strong> The abrasive texture of snacks like potato chips, granola, or even crispy toast will feel like sandpaper on your raw throat, Dr. Bhatia says.</p><p>And it doesn't just feel lousy: The more you irritate your throat, the longer it'll take to heal. So you might end up actually prolonging your misery.</p>


If you have a sore throat or a cough the rough texture of things like potato chips, granola, or even crispy toast will feel like sandpaper on your raw throat, Dr. Bhatia says.

The more you irritate your throat, the longer it’ll take to heal. So you might end up inflaming your throat causing a longer recovery time.

 

6. Alcohol

Slide 6 of 9: <p><strong>When to skip it:</strong> You have any type of illness, but especially a stomach bug.<br><strong>Why it makes you feel worse:</strong> Alcohol, like coffee, is a diuretic that can worsen illness-related dehydration, Dr. Arthur says.</p><p>And since you're probably already dehydrated to begin with, your blood alcohol content will rise faster. This is one of the <a href="http://www.menshealth.com/health/reasons-you-got-drunker">reasons you feel drunker, faster</a>.</p><p>Alcohol can also speed up digestion, causing watery stool or diarrhea, Dr. Arthur says.</p>

 


Alcohol, is not good for stomach bugs like coffee, is a diuretic that can worsen illness-related dehydration.

And since you’re probably already dehydrated to begin with, your blood alcohol content will rise faster. This is one of the reasons you would feel drunker quicker

Alcohol can also speed up digestion, causing watery stool or diarrhea, Dr. Arthur says.

 

7. Milk/ Dairy

 

Slide 7 of 9: <p><strong>When to skip it:</strong> You have stuffiness and congestion.<br><strong>Why it makes you feel worse: </strong>You might have heard that you should avoid dairy when you're sick because it makes you produce more mucus or <a href="http://www.menshealth.com/health/get-rid-of-phlegm">phlegm</a>.</p><p>But that's not completely true. "There's no clear evidence that reducing milk will reduce mucus—it's mostly anecdotal," Dr. Arthur says.</p><p>However, some people find that dairy makes their phlegm thicker and more unpleasant, she says. If it bothers you, go ahead and cut it out until you're feeling better.</p>

 

Scientist’s advise you avoid dairy when you’re sick because it makes you produce more mucus or phlegm

However “There’s no clear evidence that reducing milk will reduce mucus it’s mostly anecdotal,” According to Dr. Arthur.

Some people find that dairy makes their phlegm thicker and more unpleasant, she says. If it bothers you, go ahead and cut it out until you’re feeling better.

 

8. Fried or Fatty foods

Slide 8 of 9: <p><strong>When to skip it:</strong> You have a stomach bug.<br><strong>Why it makes you feel worse:</strong> "Fatty foods take longer to move through the digestive system, which can make nausea worse and trigger <a href="http://www.menshealth.com/health/habits-make-heartburn-worse">acid reflux</a>," Dr. Bhatia says. </p><p>And because they also trigger muscle spasms in your intestinal tract, they can make diarrhea worse. So save the burger and fries for when you're feeling better.</p>

“Fatty foods take longer to move through the digestive system, which can make nausea worse and trigger acid reflux” Dr. Bhatia says. They also trigger muscle spasms in your intestinal tract and can make diarrhea worse.

 

9. Peppers

Slide 9 of 9: <p><strong>When to skip it:</strong> You have a runny nose.<br><strong>Why it makes you feel worse: </strong>Chili peppers and hot sauce get their heat from capsaicin, a compound that can irritate your nasal passages and make your nose run.</p><p>So if you're already drippy and runny, all that heat will only make the waterworks worse, Dr. Bhatia says.</p><p>On the other hand, if you're stuffed up, it might break up your mucus so you're temporarily less congested.</p>

 

 

If you have  a runny nose chili peppers and hot sauce are a no go as they get their heat from capsaicin, a compound that can irritate your nasal passages and make your nose run.

So if you’re already drippy and runny, all that heat will only make the waterworks worse, Dr. Bhatia says.

However it is also capable of breaking your mucus if your nose is stuffed, making it feel less congested.

 

 

 

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