by Lexi Petronis
Romulo A YanesThis topic just happens to be on my mind extra-much right now, because I have strep throat and managed to eat some salsa a few days ago (it was mild!). And it hurt. Like, a lot. We already know that things like warm, brothy soups can help make us feel better--but what are some of the things that actually make us feel worse? That way we can avoid them! Right?
Liquor dehydrates you, which can, in turn, make you feel more congested. While new research shows that moderate drinking might help boost your immune system and keep infection at bay, alcohol might interact with any medications you're taking for your cold. Plus, just imagine how sting-y booze might feel on a sore throat!
A little weird--you'd think that OJ or other fruit juice would give you a nice dose of healing vitamins. But most bottled juices contain extra sugar, which can actually reduce the function of white blood cells that keep your immune system nice and healthy.