Suffering From Fever? Eat These Foods


Every person on earth suffer from fever. It is impossible to find a person who has never suffered from fever. Loss of appetite is a common problem during fever. There are also many myths involved regarding eating during fever. You might have been told eat this food avoid that food during fever.

Fever or rise in body temperature above normal is actually a defense mechanism of our body. Our body try to fight infection and foreign body by raising body temperature. So, do not worry unnecessarily, if you develop fever, your body is only following a natural course, if you have fever. Eat natural during fever. Eat/drink the following foods if you have fever:

  • Fluids: it is very much essential to drink lots of fluids (such as plain water, oral rehydration salts, fruit juice etc.) if you have fever. During fever we perspire rapidly, which may lead to dehydration. Hence, we need to replace lost water rapidly. Drinking fruit juice such as orange juice is also a good idea, because it is rich source of vitamin C, which is essential for enhancing immunity. Drink lots of fluids during fever. Fluids can not only prevent dehydration and loss of various electrolytes, fluids can also help in reducing body temperature.
  • Soup: drink lots of soup if you have fever. Any soup is okay during fever. Try different vegetable soups, which will provide variety of taste and improve your appetite.
  • Foods rich in probiotics: eating foods such as yogurt, buttermilk, fermented soy etc. are good during fever. These foods have healthy bacteria which help in improvement of immunity and fight disease.

  • Soft easily digestible diet: the diet you eat during fever should be soft and easily digestible. Easily digestible foods include yogurt, boiled egg, porridge, steamed vegetable etc. If you are Indian, khichdi is an ideal food for easy digestion and to be taken during fever. Khichdi is prepared by mixing 2 cups of rice, 1 cup of lentils (or any other legume) and variety of vegetables and boiling them together.
  • Fruits: fresh fruits should be taken during fever. Fresh fruits are easily digestible, as well as loaded with vitamins and minerals, which are essential for strong immunity and faster recovery. Eat any fruit you like that is available at your place. Try to avoid preserved and canned fruits, because they have lots of preservatives and contain less vitamins. Along with fresh fruits you can also take fresh salads, which will provide lots of vitamins, minerals as well as water.
  • You can also add various food items along with your regular foods during fever such as raisins, garlic, ginger, oregano (an herb found in Mediterranean region), basil etc. These will help provide various nutrients as well as improve your appetite, which is low during fever.

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