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Diet Plan for Common Cold

Common cold is viral infection of upper respiratory tract. Different types of viruses are responsible for common cold. The symptoms of common cold are runny nose, sore throat, congestion, sneezing. It is not a life threatening condition but it can lead to discomfort in breathing. According to Ayurveda, common cold occurs when digestive fire (AGNI) did not burn toxins of body (Ama) and results in phlegm formation. Kapha pacifying diet is ideal in common cold.

Common Cold diet charts

DIET CHART FOR Common COLD

EARLY-MORNING

Warm water

BREAKFAST

- Veg Semolina (Veg upma) / Broken wheat porridge (Veg Dalia) / Veg Vermicelli (Sewian) / Veg poha (Rice flakes) / Veg Idli / Brown Bread Sandwich / Besan pancake (gram flour) / Stuffed Chapatti / Chapatti with Veg or Dal / 1 Egg white portion

MID-MORNING

Fruit / Fruit juice / Herbal tea / Coconut water

LUNCH

Chapatti + Vegetable / Dal + Salad

EVENING

Herbal tea / Green tea / Roasted Grams / Rice flakes snack

DINNER

Chapatti + Vegetable + Dal

DIET INSTRUCTIONS

CEREALS

Cereals to be consumed

Barley, Granola, Rye, Amaranth, Corn, Millet, Buckwheat, Quinoa, Wheat

Cereals to be avoided

White rice

FRUITS

Fruits to be consumed

Apple, Cranberries, Pomegranate, Apricots, Papaya, Litchi

Fruits to be avoided

Prunes, Cherries, Figs, Grapes, Mango, Melons, Orange, Peach, Pear, Raspberry, Strawberry, Banana, Date.

VEGETABLES

Vegetables to be consumed

Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Asparagus, Carrot, Chard, Cilantro, Green beans, Lettuce, Mushroom, Peas, Onion, Cauliflower, Radish, Potato, Sweet potato, Ginger, Garlic

Vegetables to be avoided

Okra, Eggplant, Taro roots

PULSES

Pulses to be consumed

All pulses can be consumed

Pulses to be avoided

Nil

DAIRY PRODUCTS

Dairy Products to be consumed

Cow ghee

Dairy Products to be avoided

Cottage cheese, Milk, Sour cream, Yoghurt, Buttermilk, Sour cream, Cheese, cream, Ice cream

SPICES

Spices to be consumed

Black pepper, Cardamom, Cloves, Mustard, Turmeric, Asafetida, Basil, Cinnamon, Cilantro, Cumin, Fenugreek, Parsley, Mint, Nutmeg, Red chilly in limited quantity

Spices to be avoided

Nil

DRINKS

Drinks to be consumed

Coconut water, Homemade soups, Green juice, Herbal tea

Drinks to be avoided

Whole milk drinks, canned soup and packaged soup, Alcohol, Sweetened drinks, Squashes, Carbonated drinks, Caffeinated drinks

FLESH FOODS

Flesh Foods to be consumed (once in a 15 days)

Egg white, Chicken (Once in a week)

Flesh Foods to be avoided

Processed and fried meat, Red meat- (Beef, Lamb, Pork), Fishes –( Tilefish, Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, Marlin, Bluefin Tuna), Duck, Turkey

SEEDS AND DRY FRUITS

Dry Fruits to be consumed

Almond, Raisins, Ground Nuts, Walnut, Peanuts, Pistachio, Cashew, Pumpkin Seeds, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds.

Dry Fruits to be avoided

Nil

OILS

Oils to be consumed

Mustard, Safflower, Sunflower, Ghee, Peanut, Sesame, Almonds, Coconut

Oils to be avoided

Cream, Palm oil

OTHER FOODS

Other Foods to be consumed

Honey, Jaggery, Soya milk

Other Foods to be avoided

Bakery and Processed Foods, Fried Food, Junk Food, Pickles, Artificial Sweeteners, Packed Soups, Refined Sugar

DIET TIPS

  • Do not skip meals.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid over eating.
  • Avoid simple crabs and saturated and Trans fats.
  • Do not use refined sugar.
  • Avoid consumption of packed foods.

HOME REMEDIES

  • Basil leaves - Chew 2-3 basil leaves or boil leaves in cup of water and drink it in the morning.
  • Ginger - Add 2-3 slices of ginger in cup of water and boil it for 5 minutes. Drink this decoction.
  • Garlic - Put some cloves of garlic in mustard oil and heat the oil for sometime. Apply oil on chest.
  • Gargling - Add pinch of salt in water and boil the water for 2-3 minutes.
  • Black pepper - Mix 1 tsp of black pepper with jaggery. Prepare a mixture and have it 2-3 times in a day.
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