Healthy Foods To Avoid When You're Sick

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Being sick is no fun. Unfortunately, sometimes there’s no way to avoid catching a cold, especially during the winter months. If you’re feeling a little under the weather, healthy eating is especially important. After all, food serves as a fuel to your body and helps it fight the disease. This is the right time for you to practice clean eating, getting plenty of rest and taking it easy. It is important to realize, however, that not all healthy foods are equally good for you. So let us look at some of the foods to avoid eating when sick, and also find out what to eat instead.

Whole-wheat bread, barley, granola, and brown rice

While whole grains are an important part of a healthy breakfast, it’s important to remember that they are also extremely rich in fiber and can be hard to digest. So it’d probably be a good idea to avoid them for a while, especially if you’re experiencing nausea or diarrhea.

When it comes to a healthy breakfast, opt for some oatmeal instead. It contains magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, selenium, and iron, and will go easy on your digestive system.

Milk, cheese, and ice-cream

Dairy is good for you. It’s rich in potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamins A and D. However, it can cause inflammation, induce mucus production and increase phlegm—something you should avoid during your sick days.

But if you’re craving dairy, choose some low-fat yogurt, as it contains probiotics combined with calcium which is a good remedy for muscle cramping.


It’s a scientifically proven fact that coffee carries some huge health benefits. It contains some essential nutrients, such as manganese and potassium, as well as vitamins B2, B3 and B5. It can improve your mood and concentration, and boosts your energy. Nevertheless, if you’re feeling sick, it’s best to avoid drinking coffee as it may cause dehydration and nausea.

Orange juice and grape juice

It’s extremely important to stay hydrated when you’re sick, but it’s best to avoid acidic juices, as they can irritate your throat and worsen your cough.

Instead, drink plenty of plain water.

Grapefruits, pomelo, lemons, and limes

Although vitamin C is good for fighting cold and boosting your immune system, the acid in lemons and other citruses can irritate the linen of your stomach. Blackberries and blueberries can serve as an excellent alternative.

Garlic and onions

Generally, garlic is a great remedy when it comes to fighting cold and flu. Keep in mind, however, that both garlic and onions can cause some serious gastrointestinal discomfort.

Red meat, chicken, and eggs

While lean meat is an excellent protein source, it’s not the best choice. Have some hot (but not too hot!) chicken soup in its place. It’s nourishing and delicious, as well as cozy and comforting.

Apples, broccoli, and cabbages

Although apples, broccoli, and cabbages are packed with vitamins and minerals and are a great choice when it comes to fit eating, they can also cause bloating, stomachache, and worsen the symptoms of diarrhea.


Nuts are very good for you. They are great sources of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, zinc, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, etc. that are essential to your body. Nevertheless, they can be a little hard to digest because they contain a lot of fat, so it’s better to avoid eating during the initial stages of your illness. Nuts can also be harsh on your sore throat.


Pickles and other fermented foods certainly have a place in a well-balanced diet, offering a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, such as iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, vitamins B12, B12, etc. They are rich in antioxidants and probiotics, lower blood pressure, and improve digestion.

Unfortunately, pickles contain salt, sugar, and vinegar, as well, and those can worsen the inflammation process if you have a sore throat, and irritate the linen of your stomach.

Dark chocolate

While dark chocolate is a great source of antioxidants and is loaded with minerals, it also contains some sugar, which causes inflammation and can disrupt the immune system. If you’re craving some sweetness, go for some honey instead.

Clean eating is especially important when you’re sick. Your body needs all the help it can get to enhance the healing process, so take good care of it. Relax, manage stress, drink plenty of water, and you’ll recover in no time at all.

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