Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs. It is caused by Virus, Fungi or Bacteria. The infection causes inflammation in the air sacs in your lungs, which are called alveoli. The alveoli fill with fluid or pus, making it difficult to breath.
Pneumonia can range in seriousness from mild to life-threatening. It is most serious for infants, young children, people who are older than 65 years and people with health problems or have a weakened immunity.
Symptoms of Pneumonia
- Fever & headache.
- Sweating or chills.
- Chest pain when you breathe or cough.
- Shortness of breath.
- Coughing that may produce phlegm (mucus).
- Nausea, vomiting & loss of appetite.
Diet & Nutrition for Pneumonia
WHAT TO EAT/DRINK
- When your temperature rises, enzymes in cells can work faster. Not eating, along with drinking lots of water actually helps your body fight the infection more efficiently. Loss of appetite during a fever may be your body’s way of signaling that it doesn’t need food. You should also reduce your sugar intake, which can hasten the white blood cells ability to kill bacteria. As soon as your fever subsides, your appetite should return.
- Eat a small bowl of yogurt for breakfast. Yogurt being a probiotic, it could prevent pneumonia causing bacteria from multiplying.
- Drink 1 ½ cups of carrot juice with dinner. Carrot juice will help heal the lungs, and add antioxidants to your damaged tissue.
- Drink plenty of water. Drink lots of warm liquids, hot broths and other soups.
- A vegan diet can significantly improve symptoms of most respiratory conditions, including pneumonia.
- Eat plenty of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, especially lettuce, carrot, beet root, onions, celery, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, beans (except soy and green peas), blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, pears, plums, black currants.
WHAT TO AVOID
- Avoid sugars and sugar products, wheat and wheat byproducts, soft drinks, commercially processes foods and all foods containing artificial ingredients. Eliminate your intake of all milk and dairy products, as they contribute greatly to mucus in the body. In addition avoid coffee and all other caffeinated products.
- Do not eat any solid foods for breakfast.
- Avoid all animal products, as well as fish and eggs. Excessive amounts of animal protein can be hard on your digestive system, especially if you are sick. Grains should be avoided as well, or eaten in minimal amounts.
IMPROVING INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Improving the quality of indoor air, both at home and at work is an essential self-care step for helping to treat and prevent respiratory conditions. Healthy air is warm, free of pollutants and odors, has a relative humidity.
Adding plants to one’s home and work environments can help keep air moist. Be sure that your home and work environment is properly ventilated.