Tuberculosis (TB) is an illness that affects one billion people worldwide. The condition is a contagious disease that typically affects the lungs, but can also attack the brain, kidney and spine.
TB spreads through the air when someone with the disease coughs or sneezes, infecting those around them.
Treatments for TB include four different antibiotics that must be taken for up to seven months. Sometimes the treatment can be grueling, and the science regarding treatment is not complete. TB is no longer considered to be incurable.
Alternative treatment methods, in tandem with traditional treatment methods, can assist in dealing with the illness. Dietary restrictions, for instance, can contribute to better health. One dietary suggestion is to deal with the illness by adopting a vegan diet.
The Vegan Diet
A vegan diet, like a vegetarian diet, eliminates meat, fish and poultry. Vegans also exclude all animal products — even dairy and eggs. Though a restrictive regimen, the diet can help with weight loss and health improvements.
Vegans need to make sure that their diet includes enough fiber, calcium, B12, potassium and Vitamin D. Research indicates that vegans typically eat fewer calories, but feel full because of the types of foods that are consumed. Staples of the vegan diet include vegetables, leafy greens, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains.
Vegan Treatment Tips
If you are treating TB with a vegan diet, the following advice is recommended:
- Begin with a diet of fresh fruits for three to four days.
- Consume three meals each day including melons, peaches, pineapples, oranges, apples and grapes.
- Drink unsweetened plain water or hot or cold lemon water.
- Incorporate the bitter gourd into your diet.
- Custard apple, Indian gooseberry, pineapple, orange juice, bananas and mint are good choices for the vegan diet.
- Avoid milk, dairy and eggs to fully adopt a vegan approach.
- Avoid alcohol consumption during tuberculosis (this could worsen the condition), as well as smoking.
- Do not eat foods like pies, pickles, condiments, caffeinated beverages, sauces, refined cereals, puddings, refined sugar, white bread and tinned and canned foods.
Because digestion is an issue when an individual has TB, doctors will put patients on a vegetarian diet. This diet helps aid the digestive process.
Individuals who decide to begin a TB diet should continue with their normal treatment regimen. Their physician should also be consulted regarding their treatment and diet routine. Getting enough rest in combination with diet restrictions is another important step in fighting TB.
Additional ways to enhance recovering from TB include applying a wet chest pack for about an hour each morning, taking a bath before bedtime, breathing fresh air, engaging in light exercise such as yoga and avoiding mental tension.
Alternative methods to treat disease — including diet adjustments — have benefited many individuals who contract different illnesses.
Using a vegan diet to treat TB can help control certain factors that exacerbate the condition. Continuing to adopt health and wellness approaches to managing disease can help an individual improve their health status.