Dengue: Know What to Eat and What not

Dengue is a fever caused due to viral infection which is transmitted via mosquito bite. This may be serious if not diagnosed and treated on time. There are two major things that need to keep in consideration while treating this viral

· The recurrence of dengue and the diet to be maintained

· Second is follow up

Post-dengue, the body gets immune to that particular virus and the chances of recurrence become very less, and in case even it reoccurs the chances are to develop extreme symptoms. Hence to avoid this it is very essential to have a proper diet especially when the person is in the recovery stage. It is important to understand what to eat and what to not eat during dengue.

1. Water/Coconut Water: It is very essential to keep self-hydrated. Having water throughout the day is at times difficult so it is always better to incorporate coconut water. Coconut water is loaded with essential minerals and trace elements to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance.

2. Orange: High in vitamin C, this fruit is antioxidant-rich, full of fiber, and good for treating indigestion. Oranges are a must fruit to be included in your food list for a better recovery and to improve your taste buds.

3. Curd and Buttermilk: Curd is a natural probiotic source that in turn helps to fight viruses and bacterial infection as well as treats indigestion. It can be taken in either form of buttermilk or Lassi.

4. Papaya: This is said to be one of the best home remedies for dengue. One should have the papaya extract in the juice form as it is proven most effective in triggering the platelet count which reduces during dengue fever. To prepare this extract you just need to crush a couple of papaya leaves and immediately have the extract in one go since it has an undesirable smell and taste.

5. Vegetable Soups: It is always better to include a wholesome vegetable and protein-rich soup in the diet. One whole meal can be prepared in the form of soup by adding differently cooked dal, or vegetable puree. Paneer, tofu, or soya chunks can be added to make it protein-rich. This one meal will be rich in proteins, energy, fiber, and minerals. Soups will help to increase appetite and wholesome.

6. Avoid Oily and Spicy Food: Food should be cooked in minimum oil. It is always advisable to have blanched or boiled food during this recovery as oily food makes digestion very slow. Spicy food on the other hand should be avoided since it is harsh on the digestive tract. A strict no to all junk foods!

In addition to various treatments and preventions, a diet plan for dengue plays a very prominent part in the recovery of the patient suffering from Dengue. Patients suffering from dengue need to have a sufficient intake of nutrients and a healthy diet plan to overcome the loss caused by dengue. One should always prefer a balanced diet but also know what to eat and what not to recover from dengue!

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