4 Foods That Will Make Your Cold Or Flu Worse In An Hour
It's true that ginger ale might settle a queasy stomach, and OJ delivers a hefty dose of vitamin C. But they're both loaded with sugar, which causes inflammation that can actually weaken your body's infection-fighting white blood cells, says Alissa Rumsey, registered dietician and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Not surprisingly, the same goes for other sugar-laden foods like cookies, candy, kids' cereal, and all that other yummy stuff you might feel justified eating on a sick day. (Try one of these organic cereals.) Instead, stick to ginger tea for your stomach and stay hydrated with good ol' H2O or sugar-free coconut water. And if you feel like snacking, try fruit or popcorn. In a few days when you're not feeling like a snot-filled alien anymore, you'll be so glad you did.
Toast and crackers might be classic sick-day foods. But aside from serving as a cozy reminder of mom bringing that tray up to your room whenever you rang a little bell, they aren't doing you any favors. "Refined carbohydrates are quickly broken down into sugar and will cause a rise in blood sugar similar to juice, soda, or high-sugar foods. So they can hinder infection-fighting in the same way," Rumsey says. If you really want to do the buttered toast thing, make sure that bread is 100% whole wheat.
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