Diet in convalescence
Nowadays, we are subject to pathogen, bacteria, virus and fungi infections. When our body is too weak to defend itself, we fall ill. We can catch a minor cold but sometimes more serious problems occur and a chronic disease begins.
Our own daily health care should include a well-balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. When ill, we turn to pharmaceuticals, professional health care and home methods to recover quickly, often forgetting that recuperation time also plays an important role in recovery. A wide selection of products available on the market seems to provide us with all the necessary diet components. However, it is not so, for several reasons:
- preservatives in food
- highly processed food
- food thermal processing
Therefore, even a healthy diet does not warrant a supply of all the valuable ingredients. Selenium deficiency is one of the examples as Polish soil is poor in selenium. Such elements can be found in well-composed food supplements.
After an illness we need time to regain strength and recover fully. Aa appropriate diet will be helpful although it is not easy to design the right diet, what with the loss of appetite.
Basic dietary recommendations in recovery:
- Take care of your intestinal bacterial flora by providing appropriate bacteria in dairy products e.g. with oat flakes
- Consume vitamins and minerals (found in nuts) which protect blood vessels and fight inflammation
- Omega 3 fatty acids, which fish is very rich in, should be a frequent diet component
- Vitamins A,C, E and B group are an indispensable diet element
- Choose products rich in antioxidants e.g. raspberries, cranberries, green tea
- Take care of proper hydration with water, fruit and vegetable juices