After recovering from an illness, the body needs to rest and repair. Cells need to regenerate. Toxins need to be flushed out. Many illnesses today are combatted with strong antibiotics. Sometimes these medications themselves cause severe damage especially to liver and kidney cells. That is why many prescription medications come with the caveat to inform your doctor in case you are suffering from liver or kidney disease.
Some foods that are traditionally recommended for recovery after a severe illness are:
1. Light soups and broths. Slow cooked soups with plenty of vegetables not only provide nutrition but are also very easy to consume and digest.
2. Boiled vegetables - Boiled peas, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, spinach and other such vegetables are soft and easy to digest.
3. In India, a dish called Khichri is often given to recovering patients. It is basically rice and split peas boiled together along with a little onion, garlic and few spices like ground turmeric and cumin. This is not only tasty but also helps the stomach to settle and the spices have anti-bacterical properties.
4. Chinese noodles with steamed vegetables are also excellent for digestion.
5. Fruits like oranges, bananas, apples have always been considered good for fortifying the body.
6. Bread, spagetti, rice, noodles all contain essential carbs useful for building up energy in the body andt should be had in moderate quantities to allow for the body to assimilate them properly.
7. Yogurt and yogurt drinks help normalize bacteria in the gut that helps the stomach process food.
8. Drink plenty of water. Oral Rehydration Therapy consists of putting back essential salts and minerals in the body. A teaspoonful of sugar and a pinch of salt in a glass of water creates an Oral Rehydration Solution that is of great benefit to the body. Drink this simple drink periodically to replenish and rehydrate the body.
9. Herbs such as Spirulina, Punarnava (literally means rejuvenator), Echinachea are considered great for a recovering body. The popular Liv 52 formula is considered excellent for convalescence. It helps heal and protect the liver. It also improves appetite.
Foods that should be avoided are fried foods, carbonated beverages, alcoholic drinks, caffeinated drinks.