At some point every winter, despite taking our supplements and eating all the rights foods, most of us get sick.  Once you’re already sick—what to do? Below are three foods to avoid eating once you’re sick.

  • Dairy, including milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream… anything milk-based.  Dairy promotes the formation and secretion of mucus, so if you’re already congested, this should be the first thing to go.
  • Sugar. Refined sugar, including fruit juice, promotes inflammation in the body and lowers your immunes system’s ability to be effective. Your body is already trying to heal—don’t make it harder for it to do its job.
  • Anything you know you’re allergic or sensitive to. Most of us are sensitive to at least one food (e.g., wheat, gluten, dairy). Food allergens cause inflammation in the body, so do your best to avoid known allergens while trying to heal.

You also might notice that you’re not particularly hungry when in the midst of a bad cold or the flu. Don’t force yourself to eat a lot—you’re body is using its energy to heal, not digest. Make sure you stay hydrated with lots of water , tea, and broth-based soups, but stay away from rich, heavy meals. Towards the end of the illness, you should get your appetite back, which means you’re on the road to recovery!