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Food for Dengue – What to Eat and What to Avoid!

Food for Dengue
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Come monsoon and the scare of dengue hits one and all! With the number of lives affected by the deadly malady, the causes, and symptoms that these mosquito-borne disease shows are not unknown to many.

Once bitten by the fatal Aedes mosquito, the symptoms of high fever, headache, rashes, coupled with joint and muscle pain start to show up within 3 or more days, and from there the condition only worsens.

However, there are many ways and means to fight the dengue virus. First and foremost, it’s vital to boost the patient’s immunity. This can be done by giving him/her food items that are loaded with essential nutrients and vitamins that ensure a speedy recovery.

Here’s a list of a few of them:

Papaya Leaves

Many researchers have found that papaya leaves play a crucial role in fighting this dangerous disease. They help to elevate the platelet counts which fall to dangerously low levels in a dengue patient. Typically, it is advised to consume these leaves in the juice form.

A healthy drink to fight dengue

  1. Take ½ a papaya, medium in size and chop it into small pieces
  2. Next transfer the freshly cut pieces to a bowl
  3. Now add to this , ½ a cup of orange juice, and two to three tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  4. Next add a tablespoon of honey and sprinkle some black pepper powder and salt to taste
  5. Transfer the contents to a blender, add a little water, and blend to a smooth juice
  6. Consume fresh

Mix of herbs

Many health practitioners recommend regular consumption of Tulsi, Ashwagandha, Ginger, Giloy (an Ayurvedic herb), and Aloe Vera to control the spread of the disease. Many doctors also advise to up the intake of amla, as it is rich in Vitamin C.

Pomegranates

Loaded with essential minerals and nutrients, this wonder fruit gives the body an immense rush of energy. Thus, it plays a crucial role in reducing fatigue and tiredness that a typical dengue patient experiences. Since these bright red seeds are also a rich source of iron, they aid in maintaining an average blood platelet count.

Coconut Water

Dengue generally results in dehydration. Thus, it is immensely beneficial to consume coconut water – which is loaded with electrolytes and vital nutrients. In many cases, ginger water is also suggested, since it helps to combat nausea that many dengue patients experience.

Turmeric

Being an antiseptic and metabolism booster, many doctors also recommend the consumption of turmeric with milk. This helps in faster recovery.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek or methi is known to induce sleep and acts like a mild tranquilizer that aids in easing pain. It is also known to stabilizing the high fever that is a common dengue symptom.

Orange

A rich mix of antioxidants and Vitamin C, orange and its juice also help in treating and eliminating the dengue virus.

A word of caution – The dengue fever can rise rapidly after the onset of the initial symptoms. Thus, it is vital that one seeks medical help as soon as these symptoms are observed. The above-mentioned remedies should be adopted as only supplemental forms of treatment.

And what to avoid

The path to recovery after a dengue attack is not going to be very easy. While there are no specific dietary restrictions, you can make matters easy by adhering to a diet that is less oily and spicy at least for a few days. Also, make it a point to consume food items that are easy to digest.

Non-vegetarian food is a strict “No”. Up your fluid intake and consume warm water instead of normal water.

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