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Diet for giardiasis
Giardiasis is a parasitic invasion caused by microorganisms of the same name. This is a fairly common and well-studied disease, but getting rid of it is sometimes not as easy as it seems. However, do not immediately buy all the drugs in the pharmacy in a panic, as this can have a very detrimental effect on your health. Diet with giardiasis is of great importance, so you should not neglect it.
- Where do lamblia come from?
- What should be given up with giardiasis?
- What do you need to eat with giardiasis?
Where do lamblia come from?
Carriers of lamblia can be both pets (cats, rodents, dogs) and household items of a person with giardiasis. You can often meet these dangerous parasites in various urban water bodies, and even in tap water, which some people drink directly from the tap. It is impossible to completely protect yourself from giardiasis, even if you always strictly follow the rules of personal hygiene.
The most difficult giardiasis is carried by children and adults with weakened immunity. In this case, the disease will be accompanied by vomiting, fever and diarrhea. If you start timely correct treatment, then recovery is guaranteed in a week.
The main symptoms of giardiasis in adults are irritability, dizziness, sleep disturbance, fatigue, as well as serious gastrointestinal disorders (constipation, diarrhea, bloating). Since all these symptoms can be attributed to many other intestinal diseases, it is necessary to analyze the feces, which immediately shows the presence of lamblia in the intestines.
When treating lamblia, one cannot refuse prescribed medications, however, one cannot do without a diet either. The fact is that Giardia has peculiar gastronomic addictions. For a comfortable existence, they need simple carbohydrates. If you give up sugar and sugary foods for the duration of treatment, this will lead to the fact that the parasites will no longer have favorable conditions for reproduction, and, as a result, the disease will be defeated much faster and easier.
What should be given up with giardiasis?
First of all, it is necessary to give up any flour products, that is, bread, pasta and any baked goods. You will also have to refrain from eating sweets. Even natural honey will be banned for some time. If you want to follow your diet carefully, then you should avoid all sweet fruits, such as melons or bananas.
Milk is rich in lactose, so it should also be removed from your diet for about a week. If you are a fan of semi-finished products, then they will also have to be excluded during the diet, since almost all semi-finished products include starch, which Giardia is so fond of.
In order to reduce significant gastrointestinal irritation, you should eliminate various canned foods, as well as smoked, fried, salted and pickled foods from your daily diet. Soda, fast food and spicy foods are also taboo. If legumes are causing you flatulence, then they should also be discarded, on the assumption that they will not bring much benefit to your gastrointestinal tract either.
What do you need to eat with giardiasis?
An acidic environment is extremely unfavorable for the development of lamblia, therefore, fermented milk products must be in your diet. Drink more compotes and fruit drinks without sugar, which are made from sour fruits and vegetables. In addition, raw fruits and berries are also required for consumption, since they significantly increase the acidity in the stomach and help to cope with lamblia much faster.
Eat stewed vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, and carrots. They will also be very helpful for giardiasis. There are no restrictions on the consumption of sour fruits (lemons, kiwi, oranges, sour apples). If you are a berry lover, then you can safely eat berries such as cherries, viburnum, blackberries, red currants, blueberries and cranberries. If you cannot live without sweeteners, then consult your doctor for advice on a modern sweetener without carbohydrates.
It should be noted that you can eat boiled lean fish every day, as well as lean meat, different types of cottage cheese (not sweet), cheeses and natural yoghurts. Porridges that are cooked in water are considered very useful for patients with giardiasis. However, remember that they must also be completely sugar-free.
You need to eat with such a diet 4-6 times a day, but in rather small portions. Indicate in advance what hours you will eat. This diet perfectly normalizes the intestinal microflora, which is an important factor for a quick recovery. Since giardiasis is very often accompanied by dysbiosis, such a diet will be very useful for your general well-being. This diet should be followed for 3-5 months, gradually switching to the usual menu.
Also, do not forget about the rules of hygiene. Wash your hands thoroughly before eating and be sure to wash your hands before every preparation. All food products must be washed and then heat treated. It is advisable to purchase a water filter in order to protect yourself from re-infection with giardiasis.
If someone is sick with giardiasis in your home, be sure to clean all household items so that none of the rest of your family members gets infected.
Author of the article: Danilova Tatyana Vyacheslavovna | Infectionist
Education: in 2008 received a diploma in General Medicine (General Medicine) at the Pirogov Russian Research Medical University. Immediately passed an internship and received a diploma of a therapist