Malaria is not a nutrition associated disease, It is a vector-borne disease.
Individuals suffering from Malaria tend to have low blood sugar, which causes dizziness, shakiness, and confusion. This brings the question;
What should I eat when I have Malaria?
There is no specified diet for people suffering from Malaria, but it is important to ensure adequate and appropriate nutrition as the parasite and disease process demands a high level of energy from the body.
It is essential that the body gets nutrients for recovery. The diet should focus on strengthening the patient’s immune system while also avoiding certain foods that will put extra strain on the kidneys, liver, and the digestive system.
What to eat?
When seeing signs of malaria, You should get on malaria
friendly harsh diet. Here are major foods to eat when you have malaria;
1. Drink plenty of fluids
Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Drink approximately 3.5 liters in a day. Make sure the water is extra clean either by boiling or by getting water from a trusted brand if the water is packed.
Load up on juices, glucose water, sugarcane juice, coconut water, electrolyte water, water and lemon (alkaline water) and so on. This is essential as it hydrates the body and also to provide instant energy and helps to flush the parasites out of the body quickly.
2. Consume fresh fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and other nutrients
It is essential to eat a healthy diet rich fruits and light vegetables in that would help in detoxing the body and make recovery faster.
Foods rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A are considered good as they help to boost immunity, they include carrot, grapes, beetroot, pawpaw, lemon.
Vitamin B complex has been considered useful for people suffering from Malaria.
3. Eat plenty of proteins
Proteins are essential for life as they are essential for building, maintaining and repairing body tissue membranes and are also needed in the production of red blood cells.
During infection with Malaria, it also helps in strengthening the body’s immune system. Foods like milk, buttermilk, fish (stew), chicken (soup/stew) and egg should be well consumed.
4. Consume foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
They include fish and other sea foods, nuts such as walnuts, plant oils. They can also be found in fortified foods such as yogurt, juices, milk, soy beverages and so on.
They are important because they help to reduce inflammation in the body.
What not to eat?
Here are foods you should avoid when you have Malaria;
1. Foods high in fiber
Examples of these kinds of food are whole grain cereals, broccoli, kidney beans, fruits with thick skin and so on. These kinds of food should be avoided.
2. Consumption of caffeine
Any caffeinated item is it in any form such as tea, coffee or in drugs should be avoided.
3. Eating fried, processed, and junk foods
Foods like pizza, oily foods, spicy foods, excessively fatty foods and all sort of junk foods should be avoided as they can aggravate nausea and vomiting.
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