While it’s great to know which foods help boost the immune system it is also as important to know which foods to avoid while sick or battling a cold. By eliminating these foods below, while hopefully consuming  immune-boosting foods, you can recover more quickly and reduce the severity of your symptoms.

  1. Alcohol – Alcohol weakens your immune system and dehydrates you. Both of these can make your colds more miserable and leave you even worse the next morning. If you come down with a cold, steer clear of most alcohol in order to keep your body optimally hydrated and your immune system functioning on high.
  2. Dairy Products – Dairy products, although packed with great nutrients such as Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Zinc; can increase mucus production, and mucus is one thing you don’t need more of when you are sick.
  3. Juice Drinks – If you enjoy juicing and make your own 100% juices—by all means, drink them. But if you reach for your run-of-the-mill orange juice when you get a cold, you’d be better off without. Average juices are loaded with extra sugar and that sugar can reduce the ability of white blood cells to fight illness. Any benefits you might get from the vitamin c are nullified by the sugar inside.
  4. Fried Foods – Stay away from excess fats when you are sick. This goes for processed snacks and fried foods. Foods high in fat produce inflammation, and inflammation produces a less active immune system.
  5. Fast Foods and Processed Foods – Fast food and most processed foods are void of nutritional value; that is, they bring hardly anything to the table in terms of boosting the immune system or amplifying your health.

By avoiding the above foods and sticking to a diet of whole, fresh foods and plenty of liquids, you could shorten your cold and feel better in no time.