March 19, 2010

Diet and Nutrition for Cystic Fibrosis

Posted in Category : Foods that Heal

For a patient of cystic fibrosis, it is essential that you pay special attention to the diet. This is important because a healthy diet can make sure that the patient is well cured and taken care of. Conversely, if the diet of the patient is not a good one and suitably adapted to their condition, it can make the life of the patient extremely difficult. Of course it is always wiser to consult with a dietician who will be very helpful in correctly guiding you as to the special needs to the patient. But you can also make a few decisions yourself keeping in mind what you need to guard against. The first thing is that the patient must be kept safe from colds and coughs. This being of primary importance, you can judge that cutting back on cold food would be a good idea. Avoidance of milk is also a good thing to avoid congestion. You can always try to replace milk with soya milk. This will not only have better results, it will also make the patient healthier and will generally improve immunity as well. Likewise, regular yogurt can be replaced with tofu, or bean curd, as it is more popularly known.

Warm foods are better for the children than cool or cold foods. Stick to healthier versions of soups, stews and other cooked food. Since the digestive system could also be weakened, you could also make it a point to stick to easily digested foods. Boiled rice should be important for carbohydrates. Likewise, broths are also good for patients. However, it is not necessary that you give a patient unpalatable food. Spice could be beneficial, as it has the habit of opening up the sinuses as well as the pores of the skin. You also need to ensure that you are giving your child a full square meal. It is also possible that due to the number of exclusions in the meal, you may also have to give supplements to the child. Try not to shy away from this. It could be possible that you may have to supplement your child’s meals. You should also make sure your child gets in a lot of liquid. This will be very helpful in loosening up mucus. You should pay special attention to hot and warm liquids. For active children, you need to make sure that the child is taking in a lot of fluid to compensate for fluid loss.