Friday, March 10, 2017

Foods That You Should Never Eat When You Have A Cold and Fever!

It can be hard to stay healthy during winter – particularly if you’re doing everything wrong.

It’s true that food can do much more than provide energy. And when you’re sick, eating the right foods is more important than ever.

Certain foods have powerful properties that can support your body while it’s fighting an illness. They may relieve certain symptoms and even help you heal more quickly.

Foods to Avoid When You Have A Cold

  • Spicy and Acidic Foods
While spicy foods might be good for nasal congestion, they can also be rough on the stomach. Same goes for citrus—it may be beneficial for cold-like symptoms, but fruits like grapefruit, oranges, and lemons can also irritate your stomach lining and and cause more pain and discomfort. Steer clear of both if you're experiencing stomach upset.

  • Sweets
Studies show that a high sugar intake can suppress the immune system and cause inflammation—so even though fro-yo sounds like a good idea, skip it when you're feeling sick.

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  • Fatty Foods
Pass on the burgers and fries too: Foods high in fat can be more difficult to digest compared to carbs and protein, and can trigger stomach pains as a result.

  • Dairy (maybe)
Many people believe that consuming dairy can promote mucus production, which could worsen congestion when sick. Drinking milk it can create the feeling of thicker mucus, so if that bothers you, it can’t hurt to avoid milk while sick.

Best Foods for Cold-Like Symptoms

The best way to kick a cold is to drink plenty of fluids and eat phlegm-fighting foods. Here are some of the best ones to pick.

  • Broth-Based Soup/Chicken Soup
Chicken noodle soup actually can help soothe a cold. The chicken contains an amino acid called cysteine, which helps thin mucus in the lungs, and the hot broth helps to keep nasal passages moist, prevent dehydration, and fight inflammation in the throat.

  • Hot Tea
Drinking tea (especially Chinese, Japanese, or American varieties) while you're under the weather can help the body fight off infections, thanks to natural bacteria-fighting compounds in tea. Antibacterial activity of black tea (Camelia sinensis) extract against Salmonella serotypes causing enteric fever. Plus, warm liquids can soothe a sore throat and alleviate congestion.

  • Citrus Fruits
While vitamin C, found in large amounts in citrus, can't necessarily cure the common cold, several studies suggest that it can help reduce the length or severity of colds.  What's more, fruits like oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and limes contain flavonoids, which can help boost the immune system and are great for speeding recovery.

  • Popsicles
Staying properly hydrated while sick with a chest cold can keep mucus thin and help lessen congestion. While it’s generally better to eat whole fruit rather than drink it, popsicles are great as a different way to hydrate and are especially easy on the throat.

Things you shouldn’t do when you have a cold

  • Don’t stay indoors all the time
It is necessary that you get outdoors during the winter – outdoor air is invigorating. Exposure to sunlight will help you keep well. Sunshine and fresh air are great for your mental health too. It has proven that depression and anxiety harm the immune system function.

  • Don’t keep your house closed up too tightly
Germs, toxins, and particles from cooking, among other airborne pollutants, all accumulate inside. So, when you get a warm spell this winter, open up your doors and windows to let some fresh air flow.

  • Don’t go to work when you are sick
It is essential to stay at home when you are first coming down with a cold or flu, because this is the time when the germs are the most infectious.

  • Don’t bury yourself in blankets
If you have a fever, don’t pile on the blankets. Remove the covers and heavy sleepwear, and drape a sheet lightly over the ill person. This will help to reduce a fever.

  • Stop relying on hand sanitizer to keep you well. 
Don’t assume that keeping your hands clean is all you need to do to stay healthy – you still need to use other hygienic practices.