Diet For Tuberculosis Patients
A poor diet with an improper life style raises the risk of tuberculosis. Use of tobacco, loss of sleep, sedentary activity, cold exposure, alcohol abuse and excessive work are the typical; causes of tuberculosis. Calcium is helpful in treatment. Milk is a good mode of treatment and is at times, exclusively supplied. A milk diet succeeds a liquid diet. A glass of milk is provided, once in two hours. This is followed by one and a half glass on the second day, every one hour. Fruits such as orange, pine apple, gooseberry, banana and custard apple prove beneficial. They help in diluting the mucus and act as an expectorant. They also prevent further infection. Vegetables include the usage of bottle gourd, mint and drumstick leaves.
Caffeinated beverages, canned and tinned foods, white bread, refined sugar, puddings, pies, refined cereals, sauces, condiments and pickles are not recommended for tuberculosis. A vegetarian diet pattern is preferred, as non vegetarian foods are difficult to digest. A diet rich in vegetables and fresh fruits are helpful. Whole grains and low fat dairy products are useful.