9. Stay Hydrated
A well-hydrated body is less likely to get sick. In addition, blood cells comprise water and protein, hence drinking plenty of water prevents a low platelet count, a common symptom of dengue.
Drink an adequate amount of filtered, purified water to keep your body hydrated and your blood platelet count within a normal range.
Along with water, you can drink lemon water, orange juice, vegetable juice, soup and clear broths to increase your fluid intake.
Note: If you have any kidney problems, consult your doctor before increasing your fluid intake.
10. Eat Natural Antiviral Foods
Dietary steps can be taken to help prevent or treat several common viral conditions as well as dengue. Foods and herbs rich in antiviral properties will protect your body from infections.
- Common kitchen ingredients, such as ginger and garlic, must be included in your cooking or eaten raw.
- Some of the herbs rich in antiviral properties include astragalus root, cat’s claw, elderberry, lemon balm, licorice root, mullein, olive leaf and oregano. Always consult a doctor before including any herb in your diet to learn about any side effects and a safe dosage for your condition.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it twice daily.
- Drink green tea twice daily.