Most people view nutrition in terms of special meals for children, dieters and athletes. Many forget that convalescents require special care to bounce back to normalcy too. Increased research in post-surgical nutrition will eventually help patients recover faster and better.Broken bones
Coughing up a storm
Infections in the upper respiratory tract manifest as a cold, cough or trouble in the lungs. Food for patients should be pitta in taasir and drying.
* Avoid rice, bananas, cold drinks, refined flour, fried foods, butter and lassi.
* Instead, serve soups rich in black pepper (which reduces phlegm), turmeric (fights infection), ginger ( a natural antibiotic).
* Steam treatments help decongest the nasal passage.
* Choose high-protein, low-fat foods like moong, chana, soya, steamed corn, pomegranate, apple, and sweet lime.
* For those coming out of pneumonia, ensure that the meals include protein for tissue repair.
Always start with the liver. It is the seat of metabolism and helps remove toxins from the body. If the liver is troubled, here’s what to do:
* Drink plenty of fluids to replenish the electrolytes. Brown sugar and rock salt are known to be the best combination. In case of an emergency, a sachet of oral rehydration system also helps.
* Have a turmeric decoction to fight infection, a ginger decoction to aid digestion, and a peppermint decoction to treat flatulence.
From HT Brunch, April 27
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