Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – When the body is not healthy, we generally experience reduced appetite. This can make it difficult for you to get nutritious food intake. But it turns out that in these conditions there are also foods that are prohibited to be consumed.
Inna A. Husain, MD, medical director at Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana, USA said that there are several foods that must be avoided in order to recover quickly. The following is a list of these foods Well and Good.
1. Food contains sugar
Number one on Dr. Husain is a food containing added sugar. Because sugar is the main cause associated with increased inflammation.
“It has long been known that sugar contributes to inflammation because of its effects on our white blood cells and immune system. When you are not feeling well, you have the flu and your upper respiratory tract is inflamed, you should avoid foods high in sugar,” said Dr. Husain.
Alcohol should be avoided in any form. Because, just like sugar, alcohol contributes to inflammation, affects white blood cells, and causes dehydration.
Dr Husain also noted that alcohol can interact negatively with many prescription and over-the-counter cold medications.
“In addition, certain alcohols, such as beer and wine, contain high levels of histamine which can make nasal congestion worse,” she says.
Dairy products are thought to make colds and coughs worse because they increase mucus production. However, various existing studies show different results.
In contrast, the fat in dairy products mixes with respiratory secretions and can produce a thick, sticky mixture. This can coat your throat and make you more uncomfortable and feel the need to clear it further, which can further irritate your throat.
4. Spicy Food
Avoid spicy foods when your throat hurts in the middle of a cold or flu that attacks.
“I advise avoiding spicy foods if you have a sore throat or stomach ache because spices can further irritate the tissues in the throat and stomach,” says Dr. Husain.
He also notes that spicy foods can increase acid reflux, which further irritates an inflamed throat.
However, if your cold is primarily sinus-related, spicy foods may act as a natural decongestant because they contain capsaicin (the compound in chili peppers that makes them spicy), which has the potential to help improve sinus drainage.
According to Dr. Husain, refined carbohydrates such as bread can trigger inflammation, similar to the reaction when consuming processed sweets.
“Refined carbohydrates, such as those in white bread or salty foods, are broken down quickly into sugars, so they can have the same inflammatory effect as sugary drinks and snacks,” she says.
6. Orange Juice
Even though oranges have a lot of vitamin C in them, they should not be consumed when you are not feeling well. These sour oranges can cause acid reflux which then triggers a cough.
While your first instinct may be to drink orange juice when you have that scratchy feeling in your throat, Dr. Husain says orange juice is more like a double-edged sword.
“Orange juice contains vitamin C, which is good for your immune system, but juice is notorious for being high in sugar,” she says.
Apart from that, oranges can also exacerbate the discomfort in your throat, especially if you have a sore throat because of their high acid content, therefore Dr. Husain recommends avoiding it when sick.
On the other hand, dr. Husain recommends staying well hydrated with water alone, eating high-fiber foods (such as whole grains), and eating more gentle foods that won’t irritate the mucosa and throat tissue to help reduce the pesky side effects of a cold.
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