Chickenpox Diet: Foods for Better Recovery

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  • While there are no foods that can specifically cure the disease, there are simple dietary strategies that will help boost your immune system and assist in proper recovery
  • A crucial part of recovering from chickenpox is preparing nutritious, wholesome meals. If you’re not certain of which foods you can and should not eat, here’s a simple guide to help you

Having chickenpox is an uncomfortable and irritating ordeal, mainly because of the itchy rashes and lesions that appear all over the body. However, the best thing you can do is to let the virus run its course. At the same time, the infected person should get plenty of rest and assistive care to help ease the discomfort. A crucial part of recovering from chickenpox is preparing nutritious, wholesome meals. If you’re not certain of which foods you can and should not eat, here’s a simple guide to help you.

What You Should Eat (and Drink) If You Have Chickenpox

While there are no foods that can specifically cure the disease, there are simple dietary strategies that will help boost your immune system and assist in proper recovery:1,2

Incorporating plenty of raw fruits and vegetables in your diet can boost your immunity. Consuming a “rainbow diet” — meaning incorporating whole foods that have the different colors of the rainbow — is highly ideal, and can provide you with valuable phytonutrients to bolster your immune system.3 However, if there are sores on the inside of the mouth, acidic fruits, such as citruses, should be avoided, as they can lead to irritation.

Get enough fluids in your system to avoid dehydration brought on by loss of appetite. Aside from pure water, vegetable juices, low-salt bone broths and coconut water are wonderful options. Drinking decaffeinated herbal teas like chamomile, cinnamon and basil tea will not only rehydrate you, but boost your immune system as well.

Foods rich in the amino acid lysine are said to help speed up healing of lesions brought on by the varicella-zoster virus.4 Some examples include dairy products (cheese and milk), homemade yogurt and kefir made from raw grass fed cows’ milk, pastured eggs and chicken, and grass fed beef, turkey and liver (meats should be cooked thoroughly to give them a soft and easily chewable texture).5

Coconut oil, whether taken orally or used in cooking, may be beneficial because of its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.6

Cold foods can bring relief to painful mouth sores. One wonderful idea is to refrigerate yogurt before serving.

Add raw garlic to your meals. Not only does it have incredible healing power, but it works as a preventative natural antibiotic as well. Eat it raw, crushed or added to soups, or mix it in your homemade broth.7

These Foods Can Aggravate the Symptoms — Avoid Them at All Costs

On the other hand, precautions on certain foods that can worsen the symptoms should be kept in mind. Here are some pointers to remember:8,9

Keep away from salty, spicy and/or acidic foods. These foods can all cause irritation if you have chickenpox sores in the mouth. What’s more, salty foods in particular may lead to dehydration.

The same goes for hard and crunchy foods, which may cause further discomfort, as they can lead to inflammation and slow down the healing of the disease when chewed. Opt for soft, easy-to-chew foods instead.

Do not eat processed and junk foods, especially those high in fructose and trans fats, as they, too, can lead to inflammation and slow down the healing of the disease.

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