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What to eat to recover faster from dengue

The foods that can help with dengue recovery should be rich in food sources of protein and iron, such as meats, eggs and liver, as these nutrients help prevent anemia and strengthen the immune system. When the body is well nourished this may favor the fight against dengue, so it is important to eat frequently, rest and ingest at least 3 liters of fluids a day.

In addition to foods that help fight dengue, you should avoid some foods that increase the severity of the disease, such as potatoes, pepper and tomato, as they increase the risk of bleeding.

What to eat to recover faster from dengue

Foods most indicated for dengue

The foods most indicated for people with dengue are especially foods rich in protein and iron, which are important nutrients to prevent anemia and increase the formation of platelets, essential substance to prevent bleeding and that is missing in the body during dengue. Therefore, the foods that may help against dengue are:

  • Lean meats such as chicken, lean red meat and fish;
  • Liver;
  • Milk and dairy products;
  • Egg;
  • Beans, chickpeas, lentils, peas;
  • Water, coconut water, natural fruit juices.

In addition, it is also important to consume foods rich in vitamin C such as orange, acerola, pineapple and kiwi, as this vitamin can help in the absorption of iron by the intestine and strengthens the immune system.

Diet menu for dengue

Here is an example of what you can eat if you have dengue fever so that you can recover faster:

 Day 1Day 2Day 3
Breakfast2 pancakes + 2 cheese slices + 1 glass of lemon water1 decaf coffee latte + 2 scrambled eggs with 3 toast1 cup of decaf coffee with milk + slices of bread with butter + 1 slice of papaya
Morning snack1 natural yogurt + 2 tablespoons of chia seeds + ½ banana4 Maize biscuits1 mashed banana with 1 dessert spoon of chia seeds 
Lunch/Dinner90 g chicken breast + ½ cup of rice + ½ cup of beans + 1 cup of cauliflower and carrot salad + 1 dessert spoon of linseed oil90 g of cooked fish with pumpkin puree + 1  cup of beets and carrots + 1 dessert spoon of linseed oil90 g of turkey breast + 1 cup of chicken peas + 1 cup of braised vegetables (with eggplant and carrots) + 1 dessert spoon of linseed oil
Afternoon snack1 rip pear without peel1 cup of oats with milk 3 Rice biscuits with cheese

What not to eat during dengue fever

The foods to avoid during dengue are those that contain salicylates, and act similarly to aspirin, which can make blood thinner and slows blood clotting, favoring bleeding. These foods are:

  • Plum, cherry, blackberry, apple, melon, nectarine, peach, grape, tangerine, lemon, strawberry, raisin, gooseberry;
  • Almond, walnuts;
  • Potato, cucumber, tomato, apricot;
  • Pepper, garlic, onion, ginger.

In addition to avoiding these foods, some medication are also contraindicated in cases of dengue, such as AAS, Aspirin and Doril.

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