A Natural Approach To Health
Eating For AIDS
We had a question the other day about AIDS.
AIDS is an immune system disorder where your body’s ability to defend itself is greatly diminished.
When human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, the virus causing AIDS) invades white blood cells and multiplies, it causes a breakdown in your immune system, eventually leading to overwhelming infection and, ultimately, death.
AIDS used to be a series of various illnesses like cancer, infections, and skin problems made possible by the initial HIV infection.
Since the mid-1990s, medicines are available to reduce the stress load of the virus, which reduces its effect on your body.
Worldwide, approximately 33 million people have HIV infection and AIDS, and 7,500 become infected daily.
On average, life expectancy is shortened by 20 years, but people with less access to modern drugs have below average life spans, and those with greater access live longer.
HIV is spread mainly through sexual contact or blood-to-blood contact, like sharing needles by intravenous drug users.
It can also be spread by blood transfusion (now rare) or the use of blood products if the blood used is infected.
In the U.S. and in many parts of the world blood is routinely screened for HIV antibodies.
HIV antibodies may not appear in your blood for 3-6 months after you’re infected.
Many people who’re infected with HIV don’t even know they have it.
Some people experience a mild flu-like illness within 2-4 weeks of exposure to the virus, but it may take 2-5 years before symptoms appear.
The virus doesn’t lie dormant during this time, however.
Instead, it immediately attacks your immune system.
The virus quickly begins making a billion copies of itself every day, which in turn forces your immune system to make the same number of antibodies as it does against intruders.
Year after year, your body struggles to beat the virus until finally your overworked immune system simply wears out and AIDS results.
The novelty of the virus is it lives in your immune cells, which are your body’s only defense against the disease.
When your immune cells are compromised, it’s nearly impossible for your body to fight off the virus.
In many cases, the first symptoms of HIV and AIDS are nonspecific.
One of the most common is a tongue coated with white bumps.
This is oral thrush, or candidiasis.
Candidiasis means a compromised immune system.
Intestinal parasites are another common problem.
People with AIDS are good candidates for supplementation.
Multivitamins have been shown to delay the progression of HIV disease.
All ingested substances pose a threat to the way HIV/AIDS drugs are tolerated.
If you’re having trouble with your medications, stop any herbal or supplement use until the issue is resolved.
It’s more important to take the medications than the herbs or supplements.
To deal with AIDS it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 8-10 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins, even if you’re not thirsty.
*Aloe vera contains carrisyn, which inhibits the growth and spread of HIV. Take 2 cups twice daily. Use a pure, food-grade product. If diarrhea occurs, reduce the dosage.
*Astragalus boosts your immune system (don’t use if you have a fever).
*Black radish, dandelion root, and silymarin (milk thistle extract) protect and help repair your liver, and also cleanse your bloodstream. The liver is the organ of detoxification and must function optimally. Use these extracts as directed on the product labels.
*If you test positive for HIV, immediately begin taking measures to boost your immune system. This is the single most important factor in disease prevention, and it’s the best defense for the person with HIV. Your first step should be to get the necessary medications to reduce your viral load. The right diet, appropriate supplements, exercise, stress reduction, a proper environment, and a healthy mental outlook all play significant roles in keeping your immune system working adequately.
*Pay special attention to meeting your nutritional needs, and remember higher than normal intake of nutrients will probably be necessary.
*Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat a diet consisting of 75% raw foods, organically grown if possible (avoid foods treated with pesticides and other sprays), plus lentils, beans, seeds, nuts, and whole grains, including brown rice and millet. Also add non-acid-forming fruit like bananas, all berries, peaches, apples, and melons. Raw foods are especially important because cooking depletes foods of their vital enzymes.
*Eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower. Also eat yellow and deep-orange vegetables like carrots, pumpkin, squash, and yams.
*Eat plenty of fresh live juices. Juicing is extremely good for supplying nutrients. “Green drinks” made from leafy greens like kale, spinach, and beet greens, and carrot and beet root juice, should be eaten on a daily basis, with garlic and onion added.
*Eat onions and garlic, or take garlic in supplement form (see below).
*Add shiitake, reishi, and maitake mushrooms to your diet, or take them in supplement form.
*Eliminate from your diet colas, foods with additives and colorings, junk foods, peanuts, processed refined foods, saturated fats, salt, sugar and sugar products, white flour, all animal protein, and anything containing caffeine.
*Take supplemental fiber daily. Always take supplemental fiber separately from other supplements and medications.
*Exercise caution in your choice of foods to avoid exposure to food-borne illness. Food poisoning can be very dangerous for people with HIV or AIDS infection.
*Don’t smoke, and stay away from secondhand smoke.
*Avoid alcohol, noxious chemicals, and anything else that can damage your liver.
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