Drinking Habits to Avoid If You Have Omicron, Says Doctor — Eat This Not That

When you get sick, what types of foods do you tend to eat? Soup is probably a good fit because it’s comforting, hydrating, and rich in nutrients. Possibly another juice you used to drink while sick, orange juice is probably the orange juice you think you’d turn to if you contracted Omicron – the contagious form of COVID-19 that has swept the entire world. However, according to one doctor, citrus-based drinks like orange juice aren’t actually the type of food you’d want to eat if you ended up testing positive for COVID-19.

Robert J. Lahita MD, Ph.D. (“Dr. Pope”), director of the Institute of Autoimmune Diseases and Rheumatology at St. Joseph’s Health Hospital and author of strong immunity, shares his reasons behind this theory, along with some other drinking habits to avoid if you end up with Omicron. Here’s what he recommends, and for more immune advice, read The Best Foods to Eat for Omicron Symptoms, Says Doctor.

While it may be unclear if orange juice can actually help stave off colds, in an Omicron can, it’s actually not the drink you want to reach for. Although orange juice is high in vitamin C and potassium — both essential nutrients for recovering from illness — the acidic nature of orange juice will actually cause more discomfort if you’re sick with Omicron.

All of this leads to severe sore throat, which is one of the main symptoms you will experience if you contract this type of COVID-19.

“Foods that are citrusy and foods that are a bit pungent, they will be very difficult to swallow,” says Dr. Pope. “This is all with the Omicron variant – with severe sore throats. Some of these foods will be hard to swallow.”

Instead, Dr. Pope suggests starting “very gently with soft foods like yogurt and other probiotics.”

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While Dr. Poe notes that sick people have increased nutritional requirements (meaning they may need to consume more calories, for example), drinking alcohol is not a solution to adding more calories to your diet while sick.

“It’s not really a good idea if your throat is really sore,” says Dr. Pope. “This alcohol will burn your throat.”

Soothing drinks—like shakes, for example—are a Dr. Pop recommended food that can boost your calorie intake, provide you with some protein from milk (or extra protein powder), but don’t cause more pain to your throat when you have Ommicron.

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Rehydrating your body is very important when you have an Omicron, which is why Dr. Pope suggests drinking a drink high in electrolytes.

“Something like Gatorade or something you can drink like water so it doesn’t cause a sore throat,” says Dr. Pope. “It’s always a good idea to make sure you have some electrolytes – especially if you have diarrhea and are vomiting. If you have electrolytes – which Gatorade provides – and other nutritional drinks, so you don’t run out of potassium and your sodium levels stay normal.”

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Forgetting to drink anything at all can cause severe dehydration when you’re fighting a disease like Omicron, so it’s important to make sure you get fluids if you end up with a positive result.

According to the American Parental and Eternal Nutrition Association, water plays an important role in recovering from COVID-19. Because the body is working intensely to fight off disease – such as fighting a high fever and a fast metabolism – your body will need to be hydrated. Not drinking anything that does not support your body’s ability to fight the virus and support your immune function.

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