Diet For Malaria Patients: Foods To Eat And Avoid While Treating Malaria

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Diet For Malaria Patients: Foods To Eat And Avoid While Treating Malaria

After malaria, the patient becomes very weak and has a bad effect on his health. If some things are included in the diet, then this disease can be removed. 

Malaria is a vector-borne disease. When the infected mosquito bites a person, the parasite reaches the kidney and reaches the bloodstreams and destroys the ‘Red Blood Cells’ (also known as RBC). Within two to three days, these parasites spread rapidly in the body, causing red blood cells to break down and the patient’s condition worsens. Malaria often causes severe issues to patients, some of them are listed below:

  • cold 
  • fever 
  • headache
  • migraine 
  • vomiting 

In this situation, the firs and the foremost thing is to seek a doctor’s advice. It is the best option to reach and seek a bit of medical advice as early as possible. With correct medicine(drugs) and treatment, the patient’s condition improves and he succeeds in recovering from the disease. 

Due to malaria, the body becomes very weak and the reason behind it is a considerable decrease in nutrients in the body. There is no specific diet for malaria patients, but some changes can help to recover from this fatal disease quickly. Let’s know about the diet which will help you fight against malaria.

Drink more water

Just keep in mind that you always have to be hydrated. The patient should drink water the most and also take some other forms of healthy liquids too. For instance:

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  • coconut water
  • fruit juice
  • vegetable juice

Such liquids help to retain the body’s hydration. Liquid intake helps kidney in extracting the parasite from the body. Try to consume boiling water as much as you can. It will kill all the bacteria and be more beneficial for you.

Foods containing carbohydrates and protein

Your body needs all the vitamins and minerals. So add foods containing carbohydrates and high protein in your diet. Examples of such foods include 

  • pulses
  • rice
  • bread 
  • sprouts 
  • milk
  • eggs 
  • meat 

Eggs, meat, and dairy products are very beneficial for non-vegetarian people. This will help to reduce and repair tissue damage.

Fresh fruits and vegetables

The third item on our list is fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables. We all know that malaria reduces the desire for eating, but the patient should continue to eat. Otherwise, the body won’t get it’s lost nutrients. Therefore, add fresh fruits and vegetables a part of the diet. Avoid eating stale food. Here are some that you can add:

  • carrot (fiber)
  • papaya
  • beetroot (roots) 
  • orange (vitamin c)
  • berries (minerals)
  • lemon (vitamin c)

All these will give you vitamin c and b, which will help to increase immunity.

Avoid eating too much fat

The craving to eat unhealthy food increases while recovering from a disease. But to ensure good immunity and trouble-free life, one has to avoid all the following foods:

  • ghee 
  • oil
  • butter 
  • cream

More fat in your diet can increase the following symptoms:

  • vomiting 
  • nausea
  • weakness 
  • restlessness 

All of the above symptoms can lead to diarrhea. Avoid consuming tea, coffee, fried, processed and junk food.

Written by: Tavishi Dogra

Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jul 17, 2019