Best and Worst Foods to Eat When You Feel Sick

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When you’re feeling under the weather, food is often the last thing on your mind. However, eating the right foods can actually help you recover faster by boosting your immunity.
Food that provides the body with important nutrients and helps your immunity to kick back into action, are the right kinds of food that you need to have when you are sick. Studies and research has shown that there are certain foods that you need consume for a quick recovery. Similarly, there are certain kinds of foods that you need to avoid because they hamper the recovery process.
If You Have Diarrhea
The probable causes of diarrhea are stomach flu, bacterial infection, heat, or food that was not acceptable to your digestive system. Whatever, be the cause, salts, dehydration, and loss of important minerals from the body need to be avoided.

Best Foods for Diarrhea

Lemonade
BRAT diet: Banana, Rice, Applesauce and Toast
Oatmeal
Coconut water
Boiled potatoes
Saltine crackers
Baked chicken or turkey (without skin)
Probiotics
Water
Juices

Worst Foods for Diarrhea

Alcohol
Sugarless candy/gum
Artificial sweeteners
Onions
Apples
Broccoli
Cabbage
Beans
Milk
Caffeine

If You Are Constipated
Constipation can occur due to inadequate water and fiber intake, disruption in diet or routine, inadequate exercise, excess intake of dairy and dairy products, stress, etc.
Best Foods for Constipation
best foods for constipation

Fermented foods like pickle, sauerkraut
Kefir
Whole grain breads
Beans and broccoli
Flaxseed and nuts
Pears and apples
Oatmeal
6 – 8 glasses of water
Probiotics

Worst Foods for Constipation

Chocolate
Alcohol
Dairy and dairy products
Iron supplements
Sugar

If You Have a Stuffy Nose
Sinus congestion or nasal congestion is one of the symptoms of cold. Steamy showers, moisturize the mucous membranes and speed up the cilia movement, which further helps in washing away the mucus out of the sinuses.
Best Foods for a Stuffy Nose

Ginger
Apple cider and lemon in water
Soups and broths
Honey
Golden milk*
Elderberry, yarrow root, peppermint, or ginger tea

* To make golden milk, in a saucepan add a teaspoon of dried turmeric powder, dried ginger, a dash of black pepper, and some honey to taste, to 2 cups of coconut milk. Bring this mixture to a simmer and allow to sit for a couple of minutes before serving it warm.
Worst Foods for a Stuffy Nose

Sugar
Alcohol
Dairy products
Starchy and greasy food

If You Are Nauseous
Nausea or queasiness is experienced as a result of travel or motion sickness. It is also a side effect of chemotherapy, or it can be a symptom of flu and even pregnancy. Though food is the last thing on your mind when nauseous, it can actually reduce the uneasiness by calming the stomach acids.
Best Foods for Nausea

Saltine crackers
Ginger, peppermint, or lemon tea
Lemon slice
Peppermint oil or leaves
Sliver of ginger

Worst Foods for Nausea

Carbonated beverages
Greasy food
Sugar
Caffeine
Alcohol

If You Have Aches and Pains
Muscle aches and pains can be a symptom of fever, fatigue, overexertion, etc. However, foods containing magnesium or calcium can help repair the aching muscles and provide some relief.
Best Foods for Aches and Pains

Homemade bone broth
Seaweed and green leafy vegetables
Beans
Nuts, and seeds
Avocado
Bananas
Canned salmon
Yogurt
Orange juice

Worst Foods for Aches and Pains

Alcohol
Caffeine

If You Have an Earache
Earaches can be caused due to fluid buildup, infection, throat infection, blockage, or injury. It can also be a symptom of cold. Certain foods can help clear off the congestion, providing some relief from the ear pain.
Best Foods for an Earache

Spicy hot chicken soup
Homemade bone broth soup
Salmon
Dark leafy green vegetables
Nuts
Berries
Citrus fruits

Worst Foods for an Earache

Alcohol
Dairy products- except yogurt
Processed and packaged food

If You Have A Headache
Contrary to popular belief, coffee or caffeine does not help cure a headache. In fact, it often aggravates the pain as it dehydrates your body. In fact, headaches are often triggered by dehydration and deficiency of magnesium and vitamin B2.
Best Foods for a Headache

Water
Mushrooms
Asparagus
Dark leafy green vegetables
Flax seed
Buckwheat
Berries
Citrus fruits

Worst Foods for a Headache

Alcohol
MSG
Caffeine
Sweeteners
Aged cheeses
Chocolate
Red wine
Processed meats
Dried fruits

If You Have A Rash
Itchy rashes are often a symptom of an allergic reaction. Consult a doctor and identify the root cause of it. To alleviate the symptoms, and prevent further aggravation, here are the foods to have and avoid.
Best Foods for a Rash

Salmon, anchovies, and sardines (Omega-3)
Walnut
Flax seed oils
Krill oil

Worst Foods for a Rash
worst foods for a rash

Eggs
Fish
Nuts
Chocolate
Tomatoes
Fish
Wheat
Soy
Milk
Berries

If You Have A Sore Throat
A sore throat can be caused due to a viral infection, cold, and flu. Likely symptoms include pain, itchiness, and irritation of the throat. It can also be caused due to swollen glands, white patches on tonsils, and hoarseness. Following are some foods that are sure to provide some relief.
Best Foods for a Sore Throat

Peppermint tea
Manuka honey
Mashed potatoes or cauliflower
Creamy foods
Broths
Yogurt
Cream soup
Custard
Lemon and honey tea
Green tea

Worst Foods for a Sore Throat

Alcohol
Starchy and greasy food
Granola
Nuts
Grape or orange juice
Lemonade
Hard solids

Irrespective of your sickness, fried, greasy, spicy foods, sodas, energy drinks, and alcohol need to be avoided as they will aggravate the illness. It is best to consult a medical professional if the symptoms do not subside. Avoid experimenting with over-the-counter medication and alternative medication from untrained practitioners. Remember, prevention is always better than the cure.

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