Good nutrition to beat Tuberculosis

The body’s nutrient requirements are increased once diagnosed with TB. Proper intake of vitamins, minerals, proteins and healthy carbohydrates is essential for the body to fight against the tough tuberculosis bacteria.

Eat more of:

– Dark green leafy vegetables (spinach, lettuce, umbhidvo) as they have high amounts of iron and B-vitamin content.

– Whole-grain foods (Wholewheat bread, unrefined mealie-meal, wholegrain rice, Wholewheat pasta, and wholegrain cereals.)

– Antioxidant- rich foods, which are common in brightly colored vegetables and fruits (carrots, butternut, green, red & yellow peppers, paw paws, tomatoes and  cherries).

– Unsaturated fats containing foods (vegetable oil, olive oil, poultry, beans, fish).

Eat less of:

– QUIT SMOKING (avoid the use of Tobacco in all forms

– Do not drink alcohol as it increases risk of liver damage from some of the drugs used to treat TB.

– Limit coffee or caffeinated drinks intake as this encourages malabsorption of some nutrients in the body.

– Avoid/ limit refined products (sugar, white bread, white rice)

– Avoid high-fat and high cholesterol foods like red meat.

  • It is essential that your body gets the nutrition it needs to maintain a healthy weight and build up strength to destroy the TB bacteria and avoid a relapse.
  • Consult your doctor should you be experiencing severe side effects (loss of appetite, feeling nauseated, vomiting and abdominal cramps) from TB treatment to avoid weight-loss and cases of malnutrition.