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What to Eat if you Have Chickenpox

 
By Elsie Goycoolea. Updated: January 20, 2017
What to Eat if you Have Chickenpox

A chickenpox infection can last for as long as 10 days after the first signs start to appear. It can cause you to experience symptoms including fever, loss of appetite and headaches aside from the commonly red bumps on the skin. You doctor may prescribe some medications to alleviate these symptoms including antiviral drugs and painkillers. However, you can also benefit from eating certain foods to help you fight off the symptoms of the infection and helping your body come out stronger.

In this OneHowTo article we explain what you can eat if you have chickenpox.

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Juice and Tea

When you have zero appetite for food as a result of having chickenpox you may want to try drinking juices and teas. Fruits and vegetables are a fantastic source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can help boost your immune system. Look for fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C such as kiwi, kale, carrots and berries.

Equally, herbal teas made with chamomile and basil can offer strong digestive and soothing relief. You may add a little bit of raw or Manuka honey that has some antibacterial and antiviral properties. Be careful with the sugar content since sugar tends to be highly inflammatory on the body.

What to Eat if you Have Chickenpox - Juice and Tea

Soups and meat broths

The bumps and blisters may also appear on the inside of the mouth further reducing the chances that foods sounds appealing to you. You may choose to have some warm chicken soup or broth that is gentle on the mouth and doesn’t require a lot of chewing. You may also purée the contents of your soup that it is even easier to eat.

L-lysine is an essential amino acid that has been argued to play a major role in helping people recover from a chickenpox infection. L-lysine is commonly found in red meats, eggs, fish and other organ meats. Make sure that you add some organic and grass fed protein to your soups and broths to help manage your symptoms.

What to Eat if you Have Chickenpox - Soups and meat broths

Garlic and Coconut oil

Juices and soups help you get in your nutrition when you may have lost your appetite but you still need to help your body fight off the disease. It is important that you add in some antiviral and antibacterial foods that have strong healing powers.

Garlic is often called the natural antibiotic due to its high level of alliin and allicin sulfur-compounds that have proven successful in the regulation of blood pressure and iron metabolism. Also, coconut oil has strong antibacterial and antiviral properties attributed to its content of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), caprylic acid and lauric acid unique in this food.

What to Eat if you Have Chickenpox - Garlic and Coconut oil

Avoid sugars and grains

Grains including wheat, oats and rice are high in arginine. Viruses such as chickenpox thrive in environments high in this amino acid. Therefore you may want to reduce the amount of grains in your diet until the symptoms start to decrease. Other foods high in arginine include nuts, seeds and tofu.

Most grain-based products are also high in sugars, think cookies and muffins. Sugars are highly inflammatory on the body and can hinder your recovering results. If you crave sweet foods opt for whole fruits or fruit juices low in sugar content.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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