Tuberculosis Infectious Disease And Information On Tuberculosis

By | December 12, 2008

Tuberculosis Prevention And Remedies For Tuberculosis

What are the foods allowed and not allowed for pulmonary tuberculosis?

A full fluid diet with high protein and high calories is recommended. This is followed by soft and then a regular diet. In case of a poor intake, a six meal pattern is adopted. The meal should be appetizing, simple and easy to digest.  The individual is put on a fresh fruit diet for three to four days. The complete diet should comprise of three meals of fruits, such as pears, pineapple, apples, grapes, oranges and peaches. For the following four to six weeks the diet should comprise of fruits and milk. Fresh and un-boiled milk is helpful. A balanced diet comprising of vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts and grains is effective during convalescence. Calcium is an important mineral for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis Treatments And Foods For Tuberculosis

Cleansing of the bowels with a warm water enema is necessary. Refined foods, such as cakes, refined flour, sugar, pastries, refined puddings, preserves and canned foods are avoided. Condiments, pickles, sauces, and beverages, such as coffee and tea are also discouraged. Boiled milk with garlic helps in the treatment. Scrape a coconut and boil it in one liter of goat’s milk with four cloves of garlic. Boil, till the mixture is half its content. Drink this mixture daily for about one and a half months. Weight loss is common in tuberculosis.

Prevention of weakness is one of the common objectives of treatment. Amla (Indian gooseberry) juice with honey is of great help, when taken in an empty stomach. It rejuvenates the individual and decreases indigestion. Loss of body tissue results in low serum albumin levels. Increase the intake of protein during pulmonary tuberculosis. Egg is a complete protein, as it provides all the limiting amino acid. Pulses and legumes are good vegetarian sources of protein. Reduce fat intake and fried foods, as they result in improper digestion and diarrhea. Carbohydrates in the diet help to meet the energy requirement.
Supplements of iron help in the case of anemia or bleeding. Calcium helps to heal wounds.

Drugs and antibiotics inhibit the intestinal synthesis of vitamin B. Hence, vitamin B supplements are recommended. A three meal pattern with two to three snacks would also be preferable. Fluids and electrolyte balance can be maintained with an adequate salt and water intake. A low fiber soft diet is recommended. Meals should be healthy but appealing, as the patient experiences a diminished appetite. A full milk diet is recommended for the first two days, which includes six liters of milk, with one glass consumed every two hours. Raw and unpasteurised milk also proves beneficial.