The human body has a preset healthy temperature, that falls between 98.4 and 99.5 degrees F. When you pick up a virus or bacteria, or if you have a certain disease or disorder, this healthy temperature gets elevated and that’s what we call a fever.
According to ayurveda, a fever marks the beginning of the body’s effort to heal itself. Your temperature goes up either because your body is fighting the germs or because it is cleansing itself of the toxin.
So a fever is a useful condition – but it can be extremely unpleasant. If it’s caused by an infection, it usually comes in cycles, and is often accompanied by shivers.
It is important not to eat foods like curd, dairy, packaged foods, non-vegetarian and processed foods.
*Guduchi (also called giloy)
*Honey (ideally, organic)
*Tulsi (holy basil, 5-10 leaves)
*Ginger (about 1 teaspoon per dose, crushed)
*Saffron (kesar, a pinch per dose)
*Raisins (1 tablespoon per dose)
*Methi seeds (fenugreek, half a teaspoon)
The fever diet
When you have a fever, you don’t want to eat or drink much. However, hydration is important. Sponge the body with tepid water, and drink water frequently.
When the fever breaks, drink sweet lime juice or musk melon juice for electrolytes. Eat grapes, chiku and oranges.
From HT Brunch, April 26
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