There are lots of books on “healthy” diets, alkaline pH diets and raw food diets. If you’re struggling with an infection, the most important diet you can follow is one that fortifies and maintains your body’s immune system.
While there are many immune-boosting foods, there are some that can do even more. Some foods do double duty by helping kill bacteria like MRSA or Staph, in addition to helping support your natural immunity.
Have you heard the sayings “you are what you eat” or “food is medicine”? Last night I watched one of the best movies I’ve seen about food and its impact on recovery from disease.
How do your foods affect your health and immune system?
If you’ve been researching about MRSA and Staph, then you may know that sugar feeds infections. You might also know that certain food, like shiitake mushrooms, garlic and turmeric, can help support your body and kill invading bacteria. And you may know that artificial ingredients, pesticides and food additives can tax your body and slow down your recovery.
One of the best things about Christmas and New Year’s is all the great food we get to share with family and friends. Sweets and desserts are probably the most comforting, familiar and irresistible part of all that delicious holiday food.
While eggnog, fruit cakes and sugar cookies are holiday traditions, eating them in moderation certainly is not. Gaining a few extra pounds is fairly common over the holidays and that’s why most people limit the sweets they eat. But people with chronic infections have an extra incentive to enjoy sugary holiday foods in moderation.
Foods that Boost the Immune System – continued
Last week you saw how “real” foods are immune boosting foods and how processed foods weaken your immunity. This week I’ll share with you exactly which foods boost immune system strength and can help support your body against Staph and MRSA infections. You’ll also see which foods and ingredients are best to avoid.
The foods you eat have a bigger effect on Staph and MRSA than you may realize. In fact, your diet could be the missing link that’s keeping you from a full recovery.
Making certain dietary changes was one of the three main things that turned my recurring Staph infections around nearly 10 years ago. I’ve heard from many other people with Staph and MRSA who have seen dramatic changes from changing the foods they eat too.
There’s a lot of confusion and contradictory advice about saturated fats, even from doctors and nutritionists. Fats, especially saturated fats, have been demonized for decades for causing weight gain, diabetes, heart disease and a host of other health problems.
But just because an oil or fat is saturated does NOT automatically mean it’s unhealthy. This is contrary to what you’ve probably read, heard or seen in the media about fats. Saturated fats, and in particular coconut oil, can play a beneficial role in your diet and your overall health. In fact, coconut oil is the best choice of cooking oil as part of an immune-boosting diet.
Fresh, frozen and processed fruits (Photo Credit: Les Moore)
If you have Staph or MRSA, can eating fruit make your infection grow worse? The MRSA fruit question is a common one for people who want to eat more immune-boosting foods as part of their Staph or MRSA treatment program.
Handle raw meat with proper care. Photo Credit: CDC James Gathany
Last week ScienceDaily.com reported that 47% of supermarket meat samples of beef, chicken, turkey and pork were contaminated with Staph aureus, and of half of those Staph aureus strains were antibiotic resistant Staph bacteria.
DNA testing of the Staph suggests the majority of the Staph contamination originates from the animals and not people. This was the first ever national meat supply assessment looking for Staph aureus, the bacteria responsible for MRSA, and it was published in the journal of Clinical Infectious Disease.