Feeding for fever: which foods to eat and which to avoid

When the fever sets in appetite drops and the body needs time to resume normal nutrition. Food for fever involves the intake of lots of liquids and light foods that contain antibiotic substances. Let's find out better.

> 1. What is fever

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Feeding for fever: which foods to eat and which to avoid


What is fever

The fever it is a natural and necessary condition used by the body to cope with external attacks. Proteins, enzymes and the body's own cells need a fairly stable temperature around 37 ° C to live.

When this increases, an environment is created that can weaken many of the external pathogens and together with the increase in temperature the body activates the immune system with the specific action of killing and disposing of external agents.

The risk zone is when 40-41 ° C is exceeded and in this case our body also suffers a stressful situation, and it is recommended to intervene by lowering the temperature. Otherwise when we stay in range between 37 and 40 degrees the response of the fever is a bodily "intelligence" that is useful and necessary and the advice is not to check with drugs or natural products, but let it act freely as a body reaction.

Fever can be a response to multiple factors that must be taken into consideration to cope with the situation. The factors can be infections, sunburn, muscle fatigue and fatigue, metabolic diseases, intoxications etc. ...

The course of the fever usually consists of low fever in the morning and higher and higher in the evening hours before midnight, and then lower again in the morning. The natural duration is from one to three days, while if the body is weaker or action is taken from the outside to lower it, then an extension of a few days usually occurs because it has not let itself "vent" naturally. When we pass the 5-7 days it is always better to notify the doctor and let us follow up in the situation.

In the case of children, we reassure the parents that fever is not a disease, but a self-healing response of the body and the immune system that is in the process of forming needs to learn and develop: if we eliminate the battlefield and the opponents when can he grow and become strong?

Obviously if the temperature goes beyond the safe level or the child is visibly in difficulty then we will intervene by calling the family doctor, otherwise the best thing is to wait for the course, to trust and to remain beside him peacefully.


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Feeding for fever: which foods to eat and which to avoid


Nutrition in case of fever

First of all during a fever you sweat a lot and the quality of body fluids must be maintained by avoiding dehydration, so first tips:

  • water at will 

  • quality fruit juices, homemade centrifuged better

  •  herbal teas and infusions 

  • natural vegetable drinks (vegetable milk especially rice)

The advice is to drink little and often, in small sips, especially if nausea or / and diarrhea occur during illness.

Usually the body is not hungry in these moments, because it focuses its energies on self-healing and only then does the appetite return as the situation begins to improve. The advice is to do not get heavy with the meal, but enrich it with simple and natural products:

  • fruit in all forms: whole, pureed, in jelly without sugar, centrifuged etc ... 

  • juicy and meaty vegetables like tomatoes and zucchini

  • vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, squash, onions and garlic rich in antibiotic substances

These foods are used to restore water and salt balance; furthermore, fruits and vegetables are rich in many vitamins necessary especially in case of fever:

  • Beta-carotene: melon, apricots, berries, carrots, cabbage, medlar, spinach, beans, peas and peppers.
  • Vitamin E: oil seeds such as walnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflowers, sesame, cashews, pistachios, peanuts also in the form of quality oil and pressed raw. And then wheat germ, basil, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, watercress, chickpeas and asparagus. 
  • Vitamin C: kiwi, all kinds of citrus fruits, broccoli, wild plants such as purslane.
  • Vitamin A: parsley, mango, pumpkin, broccoli, papaya.

They go instead avoid some foods for various reasons such as digestive difficulties or osmotic impediments, or that make the distribution of body fluids incorrect:

  • foods rich in especially white sugar which is devoid of useful vitamins and minerals

  • milk, dairy products and derivatives as they would aggravate the distribution of liquids

  • meat and especially cured meats and sausages


Did you know that

One tip is to use herbal teas and infusions to help drink and support the situation.

For fever you can drink the infusion of Sambucus nigra flowers useful to facilitate sweating. The dose is up to 3 cups per day. It is possible to combine 40% lime, thus creating a very pleasant infusion even for children to drink during the fever phase.

A support from the plants also comes from nettle and horsetail, like remineralizing both in the form of herbal teas and in the form of powder in capsules, or as dried herbs in the kitchen for soups and dishes added at the end of cooking.



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