ALTHOUGH YOU PROBABLY DO NOT CARE ABOUT FOOD WHILE YOU HAVE THE FLU OR STOMACH PROBLEMS, YOU STILL HAVE SOMETHING TO DRINK AND EAT. UNFORTUNATELY, CERTAIN FOODS CAN FURTHER WORSEN YOUR CONDITION, AND BELOW WE BRING YOU ONE THAT SHOULD BE AVOIDED WHILE YOU ARE SICK.
When you need to avoid it: If you have any kind of disease, especially one connected with the stomach. Why did you feel worse: The caffeine in coffee is a diuretic so you’ll need to urinate more frequently and in a weakened organism can be easily occur dehydration. “It’s bad news when your body fight with an infections or viruses because proper hydration it helps the immune system to more effectively cope with the disease,” says Kristine Arthur, doctor of medicine and internist at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in California. Caffeine is even worse if you are vomiting or have diarrhea, because also cause enhanced fluid loss. Drinking coffee as long as the said digestive ailments, may further enhance the dehydration and caffeine can stimulate the muscles in the digestive tract and cause diarrhea even stronger.
When you should skip when you have a sore throat or cough. Why did you feel worse: Orange juice because of its acidity quite refreshing but when you cough or have a sore throat, orange may intensify symptoms. “Orange contains citric acid, which further irritate already inflamed mucous membranes of the throat,” said Taz Bhatia, a medical doctor and professor of integrative medicine at Emory University.
When you should avoid them: when you have any type of illness, especially in stomach problems. Why did you feel worse: Refined sugar may temporarily suppress the ability of white blood cells that fight bacteria and infection. A few hours after you went for cookies, candy or other sweets, your immune system will become stronger. Thus, its effectiveness in the fight against bacteria and viruses will be much smaller.
When you should avoid: If you have any type of illness. Why did you feel worse: Like coffee, soft drinks can cause dehydration. In addition, usually contain large amounts of sugar and weaken the immune system. “Carbonated soft drinks contain artificial sweeteners, many of which are actually large molecules that cannot be disassembled and therefore slower and more difficult to digest,” said Dr. Arthur. This can cause bloating, cramps and even diarrhea.
When you should avoid: If you have any type of illness, particularly gastric problems. Why did you feel worse: Just like coffee and soft drinks, alcohol can cause dehydration. And keeping in mind that while you’re sick, your body is already on the verge of dehydration so the alcohol in the blood to rise much faster, and you will feel much drunk. Alcohol can also accelerate the digestion, causing watery stool or diarrhea, said Dr. Arthur.