When you are fighting with flu or a stomach bug food is probably isn’t the first thing on your mind. Luckily most stomach and flu bugs are short-lived. However, choosing the wrong kind of food when your appetite starts to perk up again may prolog the misery.
It seems like every day there is a food called out of causing something gross (like diarrhoea) or deadly (like salmonella etc), top of it humans can easily spread viruses during food preparation, and food-borne bacteria thrives at room temperature. That’s why you need to be extremely cautious by picking foods if you want to recover.
If you want to reduce your risk of eating something sickening, keep these common culprits off your plate:
It is advised to avoid this drink during any kind sickness especially a stomach bug. Caffeine is a diuretic which makes you pee a lot and leave you dehydrated in the end. When you fight some kind of infection or virus lots of liquid is essential as it keeps your immune system hydrated and more powerful to fight. Caffeine is the one that takes water away from your body, therefore it is not recommended if you suffer from vomiting or diarrhea.
2. Orange juice
Don’t drink if you have cough and a sore throat, as it has acidity which can hurt you by irritating the lining of your already inflamed throat.
Is not recommended during all kinds of sickness especially stomach bug. Refined sugar is able to temporarily suppress the white blood cells’ ability to fight the bacteria. By consuming sweets you make your immune system way weaker.
Again is not advisable if you suffer from stomach bug, as like caffeine such beverages are dehydrating. Add here tons of sugar that suppress your immune system you can forget about fast recovering.
5. Crunchy snacks
Avoid while having sore throat and cough as their abrasive texture, like granola or chips have the same effect as sandpaper on your raw throat. The more you irritate your throat the longer it will take to cure.
If you have any type of illness especially a stomach bug. Alcohol is diuretic which makes illness-related dehydration even worse. You are most likely to be already dehydrated so your blood alcohol contest will rise even faster and it will hit you harder than usual. Meanwhile booze will also speed up digestion, which can cause diarrhea.
If you suffer from stuffiness and congestion it is better to avoid dairy products as it makes you produce more mucus or phlegm. It is not quite true, while some people do believe that dairy makes their phlegm thicker and more unpleasant.
8. Fried and fatty food
Fatty foods are usually taking longer to digest that’s why it is not recommended if you have a stomach bug, as such meals can make nausea worse and turn on acid reflux.
9. Spicy Foods
If you have a runny nose it is better stay far away from spices. Chili pepper and hot sauces contain capsaicin, the element which adds the heat and also can irritate your nasal passages, which makes your nose run. You probably noticed that even if you feel totally healthy, once you start eating really hot food, your nose starts to run like crazy. However it might work if your nose if stuffed up, at least it will temporary break up the mucus.