5 Foods to Eat and 5 Foods to Avoid during Fever

When you have fever, you do not feel like eating at all. This is due to the fact that due to fever the body’s core temperature rises and causes the enzymes to curdle or the enzymes being proteins become denatured. Enzymes are proteins, like the protein in egg white, the moment it is heated, it gets denatured or coagulates. Similarly, the enzymes also coagulate and are not able to perform their normal function. Moreover, the taste acuity is lost due to the effect of the antibiotics and other medicines which cause the loss of the sense of taste and smell. One feels nauseated even by the sight or smell of food.

When you have fever, you do not feel like eating at all. This is due to the fact that due to fever the body’s core temperature rises and causes the enzymes to curdle or the enzymes being proteins become denatured. Enzymes are proteins, like the protein in egg white, the moment it is heated, it gets denatured or coagulates.

Similarly, the enzymes also coagulate and are not able to perform their normal function. Moreover, the taste acuity is lost due to the effect of the antibiotics and other medicines which cause the loss of the sense of taste and smell. One feels nauseated even by the sight or smell of food.

Liquids:
Liquids like tender coconut water, lemon water, butter milk , fruit juices,  soups, sorbets, squashes, ice lollies, and most importantly water etc will  be easily digested and will also keep you hydrated as the body needs a lot of hydration when the body temperature rises.

Fresh fruits:
Seasonal fresh fruits are not only easily digested but help strengthen the immune system as they are full of vitamins and minerals.

Moreover these taste much better than the cooked foods.

Boiled Vegetables:
Soft boiled vegetables like potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, and gourds are much better tolerated and also give the required doses of vitamins and minerals along with the calories. The goal of steaming is to cook the vegetables until they are no longer raw, but still bright and crisp.

Plain curd or fruit yogurt:
Curd being a predigested food does not require the enzymes for its digestion and also gives the body the required amount of proteins and calcium. As it is bland in nature, it also does not make you feel nauseated as do other protein rich foods may do.

Soft boiled rice and other rice products:
Rice is an easily digestible carbohydrate and can be eaten to provide energy to the body. It is also bland and its water also can be used to make hydrating drinks. It is also helpful if you have diarrhea or loose stools. It is desirable that rice be a little overcooked and must be freshly cooked.

Even if you have loose stools or have cough and cold along with fever all these food products can easily be taken. Only thing is they should not be cold or refrigerated. It is a myth that curd should not be taken if one has cold and cough, curd itself does not cause cold but only if isis refrigerated it may contribute to increase in cough.

So, avoid cold and refrigerated foods and drinks whenever you have cold cough along with fever. Curd being a predigested food will be easily absorbed by the body as compared to milk, as it would not require any enzymes for its digestion.

5 foods you should strictly avoid when you are down with fever are:

  • Highly flavored foods
  • Fried foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Caffeine and
  • Carbonated beverages

These should be avoided as far as possible as these would increase nausea, cause acidity and also interfere with the digestion of other foods. Additionally, they will also interfere in the absorption of the medicines and hence, their effectiveness.

 

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