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Diet Therapy - General Guidelines for a Healthy Diet

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Oils and Essential Fatty Acids

Cold, pressed, unrefined nut or seed oil like flax seed, walnut or pumpkin seed oils contain the essential fatty acids omega-6 linoleic acid and omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid. Our bodies need essential fatty acids for many important metabolic functions. Take the oil daily on salads or in other dishes. The oils lose the critical nutrients when they are heated; so make sure you consume it cold.

Studies have shown that when your body is deficient in omega-6 linoleic acid, our immune system gets suppressed. The body converts linoleic acid into Prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that stimulate immunity.

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Cold-water fish oil from salmon and mackerel is another good source for essential fatty acid.

For best results, eat fish and a salad with a dressing of unrefined, cold-pressed sunflower or walnut oils. The fatty acid of the fish helps ensure the conversion of the oil's linoleic acid to Prostaglandins.

There are several foods you should avoid. We will describe them later. The most important food that you need to avoid or minimize is sugar.

Sugar

Sugar contains no nutrients. Excessive sugar intake can deplete your body of several vitamins and minerals. We recommend that you avoid consumption of any refined food or food products.

When you contract an infectious disease, one of the first thing you should do, if possible, is to undergo a short fast. This will help improve the immune function by lowering the blood sugar levels

Foods to Eat

  • Whole grains
  • Vegetables, especially green, orange, and yellow vegetables and roots, all of which boost immunity
  • Beans, especially soybeans and soybean products, such as tempeh, tofu, tamari, and miso
  • Seaweeds: small amounts daily to increase trace mineral consumption
  • Nuts and seeds in very small amounts
  • Shiitake and reishi mushrooms are powerful immune boosters.
  • Chlorophyll-rich foods, such as microalgae and cereal grasses, are antiinflammatory and immune-enhancing.

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In addition to avoiding the following foods, do not eat too much food, do not eat late at night, and eat simpler food combinations.

  • Meat
  • Sugar
  • Dairy products
  • Alcohol
  • Refined foods
  • Chemicalized food
  • Processed food
  • Oils and fats (minimize)
  • Recreational drugs
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