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An Ideal Diet for Meningitis Patients

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  • Ideally, meningitis patients should consume unrestricted quantities of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of high-quality protein and generous portions of healthy fats
  • Meningitis patients are also advised to avoid eating foods loaded with salt, a primary source of sodium

The road to recovery from meningitis is a healthy and nutritious diet. Ideally, meningitis patients should consume unrestricted quantities of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of high-quality protein and generous portions of healthy fats.

These three food groups work well together not just in alleviating the disease, but in optimizing your health in the long run as well.

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Patients with meningitis should ensure that their diet is loaded with fresh organic produce, even after they have been treated.1

Fruits and vegetables are known to provide antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that can help them heal quickly. They also strengthen the immune system that serves as the body’s defense against diseases.

If you or someone you know is affected with meningitis, it is recommended that they start by consuming these:2,3

Fruits Vegetables
Watermelons Broccoli
Grapefruits Red capsicums
Cantaloupes Carrots
Papayas Cabbages
Berries Leafy, green vegetables

A word of advice if you’re planning to eat any of the fruits mentioned above: Always eat them in moderation. They contain fructose, a type of sugar that can be detrimental to your health if eaten in high amounts.

Aside from fresh fruits and vegetables, incorporate organic pasture-raised chicken and lean meats into your diet as well. High-quality proteins can provide you with important nutrients and vitamins such as omega-3 fats, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and vitamin E.4

Make sure you acquire these foods from trustworthy organic sources instead of sources that use confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), so you significantly lower your risk of exposure to bacteria and artificial ingredients.

Another good type of protein that you should eat if you have meningitis is salmon.5Sadly, most salmon today is farmed, which tend to be abundant in artificial additives and hormones while being deficient in nutrients. If you choose high-quality, wild Alaskan salmon, however, it’s the other way around — your body gets more of the nutrients and less of the undesirable and artificial components.

Different nuts and seeds are also good additions to a meningitis patient’s diet.6 In a nutshell (no pun intended), you could obtain exceptional amounts of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that could improve your health. Some of your best bets include:

Lastly, don’t forget to drink adequate amounts of fluids, especially water, to help in flushing out toxins from your body. You could also drink juices made from lemons, pineapples and oranges, provided that you consume them in moderation to avoid a fructose spike. Make these drinks at home instead of buying commercially prepared varieties that are loaded with artificial sweeteners and other synthetic ingredients.

Mark These Foods as Harmful for Meningitis Patients

Meningitis patients are advised to refrain from eating or drinking the following items:7

Sugary foods

White flour food items

Deli meats

Processed foods

Smoked fish


Caffeinated beverages

Alcoholic drinks

Most, if not all, of these food items contain ingredients that could pose additional health risks, such as fructose, starches and artificial ingredients. Meanwhile, the fish products in question may come from fish raised in captivity, fed an unnatural diet of grain and growth hormones and/or may even be contaminated with toxins and mercury.

Simple Reconsiderations You Should Make to Your Diet

While it’s traditionally advised to abstain from consuming dairy products if you have meningitis,8 this doesn’t mean you should stop consuming dairy entirely. Make it a point to consume raw, grass-fed dairy, although in limited portions, from time to time because it contain vitamins and nutrients that could be beneficial for you. In particular, raw dairy has been shown to have substantial amounts of:

Healthy gut bacteria

Raw fats, amino acids and proteins in a highly bioavailable form

Digestive enzymes, growth factors and immunoglobulins or antibodies

Vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K

Omega-3 fats (while being low in omega-6 fats)

Healthy unoxidized cholesterol

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)

Meningitis patients are also advised to avoid eating foods loaded with salt,9 a primary source of sodium. This is because too much salt can increase your blood pressure and cause vasoconstriction or narrowing of the arteries. However, less than optimal amounts can be harmful as well.10 This is why you shouldn’t eliminate salt in your diet completely; rather, strive for a good balance since a certain amount of sodium is necessary for your body to function.

Hyponatremia is a devastating side effect of eating too little sodium, and can result in an increase in your body’s fluid levels and swelling in your body’s cells. You’re also more prone to experiencing the following if you don’t get enough sodium in your system:



Energy loss



Muscle weakness, spasms or cramps

Studies have also shown that a low-salt diet increased a person’s insulin resistance (a major factor in type 2 diabetes), while another study showed that eating less than 3,000 milligrams of sodium per day contributed to a rise in deaths caused by heart disease.11,12

These results show why sodium from a source like natural and unprocessed salt is an extremely vital part of your diet that should not be taken for granted. However, remember to constantly monitor your daily intake of sodium, especially if you are still struggling with this condition. Having high amounts of sodium in your system can still lead to unwanted complications.


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