Dairy is reputed by many doctors to avoid when you have a cold or other phlegm-producing illness, because dairy products will encourage phlegm production and make you feel worse. However, there are some dairy products that actually do more good than harm, and can actually help you get over your cold faster!
Yogurt is a great dairy product when you have a cold. The live cultures in yogurt actually encourages digestion and boosts the immune system, and when you have a cold, yogurt can actually help you fight off your cold even faster. So don’t be afraid to incorporate yogurt into your list of home cures when you have a cold.
Drinking mild amounts of milk and eating basic amounts of cheese or cream-based soups also are not bad when you have a cold. What milk products do is coat the throat and stomach lining, so it can FEEL like the mucous is getting thicker, and too much dairy can actually cause all the plegm draining down the nasal passages into the stomach to thicken and make you feel sick. But in mild amounts, dairy products in general fill our bodies with essential nutrients that we need to help fight off infection and boost our immunity. Drinking a glass of milk a day, or eating a cream-based soup is fine, just don’t go overboard and stop eating or drinking dairy if you begin to feel queasy.
It’s basically a myth in general that milk products should be avoided when you have a cold; rather, they can be enjoyed and even beneficial for your cold in moderation. Yogurt you can eat a ton of, and any other dairy product is great as well, and if you just can’t stomach drinking milk when you have a cold, soy milk is a wonderful alternative to get you the nutrients and immune system boost you need without feeling sicker for it.