Although there are no specific dietary recommendations for people suffering from chikungunya, Dr Pradip Shah, Consultant Physician at Fortis Hospital, Mumbai, says eating a balanced diet and increasing the intake of water is the key. Here are some tips that might help in recovery.
Increase your fluid intake: You do not have to drink just plain water to stay hydrated; instead, drinking soups, coconut water or lemon water will also do the trick. Go for liquid foods for meals -- dals and gravies rather than eating fried foods, to prevent dehydration.
Avoid cold/sour foods: Due to fever, some people might develop metallic taste and might not feel like eating sour foods like buttermilk and lemons. Also, it is best to avoid sour foods, if you have severe joint pain. Avoid eating cold foods and if possible, go for only warm food.
Include omega – 3 fatty acids: The omega-3 fatty acid, also known as essential fats are good fats which help in improving bone strength. It also helps in lowering inflammation and reducing joint stiffness seen in people suffering from chinkungunya.
Eat leafy vegetables: Include leafy vegetables like palak, methi and amaranth in the diet while recovering from chikungunya. This is because, these vegetables are not only loaded with multiple vitamins, minerals and fibre but also help in regular bowel movements.
Eat apples, bananas and vitamin c rich foods: Apples and bananas are not only easy to digest but the presence of potassium and fibre helps in improving your appetite. Foods rich in vitamin C like guavas, kiwis, strawberries, etc are loaded with antioxidants, which also boost immune function, helping you to fight chikungunya.