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Recovering from dengue? Include these 5 foods to your diet for faster recovery

Published on:13 July 2021, 11:59am IST
If you’re not eating right during your dengue recovery, it can have long-term implications. That’s exactly why we suggest the dengue diet.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Recover faster and better with this exclusive dengue diet. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Monsoon is here, and that means it’s the time when mosquitoes cause all kinds of diseases!  Dengue and malaria are two of the most common diseases that wreak havoc. Unfortunately, those who suffer from dengue experience gut-wrenching pain, high fever, and weakness. In the worst cases, the recovery takes months. But you will be glad to know that there is a specific dengue diet, which can help recover faster.

Here are the foods you must eat to recover faster from dengue
1. Papaya leaves

If someone has suffered from dengue at home, you must have heard of papaya leaves being advised to them. That’s because with dengue, our platelet count drops drastically, and papaya leaves can help in bringing that back to normal. They can be consumed in the form of juice. Interestingly, they also help in boosting immunity, so that you recover faster from dengue.

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Dengue can be a painful experience. Recover faster with these foods. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

If you talk about the normal platelet count, it falls between the range 150,000 to 450,000 platelets, per microlitre of blood.

2. Coconut water

Coconut water is a powerhouse of essential minerals and salts. It maintains the electrolyte level of the body, hence you don’t feel dehydrated. Plus, it helps in keeping your body energized and reduces weakness. Drinking two glasses of coconut water every day during your recovery period is a must. Otherwise, drinking coconut water is highly recommended.

3. Fruit juice

Fluids are very important, when it comes to dengue recovery, because they are quickly absorbed by our bodies, and help to get over weakness. Fruit juices, especially citrus fruits, are the best source of vitamins. They are laden with vitamin C, which is known for its immunity-boosting properties. Plus, it is gut friendly and the fibre in the juice will also keep you away from gastric problems.

Just ensure that you squeeze fresh juice at home, because during the monsoon season, juice from vendors can be risky!

4. Herbal tea

You can opt for various kinds of tea concoctions that have cardamom, peppermint, ginger, cinnamon etc. Herbal tea will help you relax your body and mind. It will also help in inducing sleep, so that your body can rest for the maximum time and help you recover from dengue ASAP.

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Brew a cup of bay leaf tea to beat dengue. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Two cups of herbal tea is good enough in a day. Also, don’t mix too many spices. Try to keep the tea light and easy to digest.

5. Porridge

Of course, your body also needs carbohydrates to get back on track. The best part about porridge is that it’s easy to digest, plus you don’t feel heavy and bloated, after you consume too much of it. The best part is that even if you are lactose-intolerant, you can consume it in the savory form. So, it’s a win-win.

So, here’s a full-fledged dengue diet for faster recovery.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.