Take the following precautions to ensure you are not ingesting foods that may be infected.
Eat food that has been well cooked and is served steaming hot. Heat helps to kill bacteria.
Avoid raw vegetables and fruits and vegetables that don't have a peel. For example, vegetables like lettuce are easily contaminated because they're hard to wash well and have a lot of surface area and nooks and crannies where bacteria can hide.
If you do want to eat fresh produce, peel and clean fruits and vegetables yourself. Wash your hands first with hot, soapy water and make sure not to eat any of the peelings.
Wash your hands well before you eat. Avoid buying food from street vendors. Drink bottled water. Take rest, reduce your physical activity.
If you are traveling to or through any part of the developing world where exposure to the disease is possible, particularly in asia, latin america, and africa, then you should plan to get the typhoid vaccine before you leave on your trip. Foods to be taken:
typhoid results in gastrointestinal conditions and so it is important to follow a diet that contains foods that are easy to digest.
Slightly overcooked rice along with yogurt should be included in a diet for typhoid patients as rice contains a small amount of fiber that helps to regulate the digestive system while yogurt contains healthy cultures that reduce the severity of stomach flu. Avoid milk as it is tougher to digest and is likely to aggravate diarrhea. Juices and carbohydrate rich items such as steamed fruits are very important.
Homemade vegetable soups with no additional spices. Buttermilk and softened soda crackers are good options while bland rice pudding, porridge, and custard are also good typhoid foods. Foods to be avoided:
avoid high fiber foods like whole grains and raw vegetables as these can place additional stress on your digestive system. When you have typhoid, foods to avoid also include vegetables like cabbage, capsicum and turnip as these can cause bloating and gas. Avoid all spices as far as possibly, especially hot seasonings such as pepper, cayenne and chili powder.
Include yogurt and eggs as they are easier to digest.
Vegetarians can start to include lentils, legumes and even cottage cheese, in their diet.
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