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Upper Respiratory Tract Infections [URTI] Diet Recommendations

Diet for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URTI)?

Along with proper medication, consuming a nutritious and a balanced diet is important for managing URTI and keeping your immune system working at its best. Include Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin C and Vitamin E; and avoid cold foods and drinks to help relieving the symptoms.



Along with restricting the intake of cold foods and drinks, it is equally important to maintain a healthy weight for proper prognosis of URTI than being underweight.  Eating enough quality protein, and even higher-fat choices and foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin C and Vitamin E facilitate  speedy recovery by improving the immune system.

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We are providing the necessary food recommendations for URTI.

Recommended Foods:

  • People with recurrent respiratory infections should follow a diet appropriate for general good health, including consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and fish, wholegrain breads and cereals, and oils low in omega-6 fatty acids such as olive oil or canola oil.
  • Vitamin C and E plays a specific role in getting rid of chronic allergies and infections of the respiratory tract.
  • Always include spices like cinnamon, cardamom, clove, nutmeg and foods such as carrot, radish, tomato, spinach, apricot, garlic, onion, ginger etc. Moreover, consume low fat dairy products, soy products, sprouts and a variety of other vegetables high in protein.

Foods for Moderate Consumption:

Milk or Dairy products, oily food, should be moderated

Foods to Avoid:

  • Avoid cold foods and drinks.
  • Frozen, canned and preserved food with artificial color and additives should be completely avoided as there are certain substances present in it that can worsen respiratory infections.
  • Avoid refined carbohydrates and flesh foods as well, at least until you get rid of the infection.

Home Remedies:

  • The use of ginger, lemon, and honey regularly during these episodes will help relieve the condition faster and cut short its progress.
  • Onion and garlic are also known to possess beneficial properties and should therefore be included in the diet.
  • A stuffy feeling in the nose can be reduced by steam inhalation with a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Another alternative is to place a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a clean cloth and sniff it.
  • Chewing holy basil leaves will bring back the lost appetite and regularize the altered taste that is very commonly affected during an infection.

Dr. Vijaykumar S. Kamat

Dr Vijay Kamat graduated from K.L.E. society’s Shri B. M. Kankanwadi Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, India; one of the oldest Ayurvedic institutions in India. He is a prestigious member of the Ayurvedic Association of India. He possesses deep ancestral and research-based knowledge of plants, and is passionate about bringing age-old secrets of Ayurveda within the reach of a common man. In keeping with his passion, he is presently leading the medical team of Biogetica – a collective of Doctors dedicated to natural medicine. Together, they work to bring evidence-based natural healing solutions to the world.

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