One-Day Diet for Acidosis

By Dietitian and Wellness Educator, Elizabeth Kahn

Avoid taking pills for high levels of body acid, instead try the following diet. This diet can restore acid balance without the need for over-the-counter pills or prescription medications. Powerful pills can often cause other problems and nutrient deficiencies. Since the original problem was most likely caused by a diet high in acidic foods, the ideal solution is to eat more alkalizing foods and balance body chemistry naturally.

Breakfast:

Green tea, with soy milk optional (intended to replace coffee for coffee drinkers but if you are not, skip)

Peach soy yogurt

4 ounces apple juice mixed with 4 ounces pure aloe vera juice

Snack:

Almonds

Lunch:

Salad (lettuce, onion, avocado, raisins optional) with lemon and sea salt or seasoned canola oil dressing (no vinegar)

Lima bean soup (try Allrecipes.com:  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Luscious-Lima-Bean-Soup-II/Detail.aspx?src=rss, but substitute a natural, vegetable, margarine-like spread like Earth Balance for butter and leave out bacon, butter beans and pepper)

Alkalizing tea (i.e. Body Rescue)

Snack:

Corn chips with guacamole (avocados, sea salt, onion and lime juice)

Dinner:

Baked chicken, with canola oil and herbs (optional: Portobello mushroom sandwich on millet bread, which is ideal instead of meat)

Baked potato with natural margarine-like spread

Steamed broccoli

Millet bread toasted, with natural margarine-like spread (with chicken option)

Water

Optional: 4 ounces aloe vera juice mixed with 2-4 ounces apple juice

Tips:

You may add water and many fruits and vegetables to the above diet, but avoid tomatoes, tomato-based products and asparagus, as well as white flour, butter, eggs, coffee and alcohol as much as possible.

For a list of more foods to eat and avoid see my more in-depth article about the topic at: http://anutritionrevolution.com/health-tips/351/. Follow a diet like this or with other basic foods until symptoms disappear. If this is not sufficient try contacting a naturopathic doctor for more detailed analysis and treatment for your condition. You can find a naturopath on sites like www.Wellness.com.

Sources:

  1. Balch, P.A. (2006). Prescription for nutritional healing (4th ed.). New York: Avery Publishing.
  2. Bowers, A. (2011, June 14). How to get rid of too much acid in the body. Retrieved February 5, 2012, from http://www.livestrong.com/article/267260-how-to-get-rid-of-too-much-acid-in-the-body/.
  3. Kahn, E. (2011, October 21). Got GERD? Learn to balance body pH naturally. Retrieved February 5, 2012 from, http://anutritionrevolution.com/health-tips/351/.
  4. Luscious Lime Bean Soup II. Retrieved February 5, 2012 from, http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Luscious-Lima-Bean-Soup-II/Detail.aspx?src=rss.

How to Get Nutrition Consulting Paid for by Insurance

Nutrition therapy can be a helpful component in medical therapy, but often it is not covered by insurance. It cannot only improve an individual’s health, but it also can save money on health-care costs. According to a report by the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine (IOM), getting nutritional therapy is cost effective. Dietitians can help people manage conditions such as high-blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney and heart problems and diabetes. A study by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif., showed that more than half the people who saw a dietitian only a few times lowered their cholesterol so much that they no longer needed cholesterol medication. Nutrition therapy saved the health-care system about $60,000 per year in prescription drug costs. According to the IOM report, nutrition therapy can mean a savings of millions of dollars. For example, if Medicare beneficiaries with high-blood pressure received nutrition therapy, health-care costs over a five-year period could be cut by an estimated $52 million dollars. These cost savings could be increased for every disease nutrition therapy was applied to. The IOM report’s authors concluded that Medicare should cover nutrition counseling. Unfortunately, most insurance companies do not cover nutrition counseling but, fortunately, more and more insurance carriers are now seeing the advantages of seeing a nutritionist (http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=50695&pf=3&page=1).

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy

Instructions

Things You’ll Need

  • Phone
  • Computer
  • Insurance company information
  • Doctor’s contact information
  1. How to Get Insurance Coverage for Nutrition Counseling

    • 1

      Insurance may be more likely to cover nutrition therapy for certain medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity, coronary artery disease or high-blood pressure for which diet therapy and modification is recognized as one aspect of treatment (Dr.Weil.com, http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400314/nutritional-consultations).

    • 2

      First call or see your doctor to see if you can get a referral for a dietitian. This will increase the likelihood nutrition therapy will be covered by insurance.

    • 3

      Call, go online to the insurance companies website or email your insurance provider to find out what coverage they offer for nutrition counseling. Some insurance companies might cover it entirely and some might offer a 10 to 20 percent discount.

    • 4

      A good bet for getting nutrition visits covered by insurance is to see a registered dietitian. You can contact the American Dietetic Association’s Nutrition Network Referral Service at (800) 366-1655 (weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Central Standard Time) for contact information for dietitians in your area ( http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=50695&pf=3&page=1).

    • 5

      Even if your insurer says your policy doesn’t cover dietary counseling, send in the paperwork anyway and see what happens. If you have a doctor’s written referral to a dietitian, include a copy. Also include a letter, signed by both your dietitian and your doctor, detailing the medical need for your treatment.
      In correspondence refer to dietitian visits as “medical nutrition therapy” or nutrition “management” or “treatment.” Try to avoid the term counseling as it does not imply a medical necessity.

    • 6

      Instead of speaking with an adjuster, ask your dietitian to talk to the medical director of the health plan to consider covering nutritional counseling, says Michele Mathieu, Director of Health Care Financing at the American Dietetic Association.

    • 7

      Emphasize the dollar savings. Have your dietitian, doctor or both detail the progress you have been  making and how much money is being saved as a result. For instance, if you have lost weight or been able to reduce medication, explain this to them. Add up the actual dollars that have been saved. Many insurance companies are demanding to see actual results from dietitian visits before they will begin to cover them. They might start authorizing them if they see progress is being made.

    • 8

      Be persistent. Even if your claims are rejected, continue to submit them after every visit, especially if you are getting better. If you are persistent you are more likely than not to get it. Even if you do not receive insurance coverage, you will be making the insurance company aware of the effectiveness of nutrition, and with each claim filed, you will have cast a vote for insurance coverage for nutrition therapy.

 

Resources

 

Why Eat Whole Grains?

By Dietitian and Wellness Educator, Elizabeth Kahn

You hear a lot these days about eating whole grains. But that is just more useless advice that you can ignore, right? Wrong. But, let me explain why you want to eat whole grains and maybe you will be more inclined to do so. Let’s take whole wheat for example. Whole wheat has many more nutrients than white flour. Let’s start with amino acids, the building blocks of protein.

The whole wheat grain has three main parts: the bran, germ and endosperm.

The parts of the whole-wheat grain with the most amino acids are the bran and germ — the parts removed when making white flour. All that is left in white flour is the endosperm, which not only has fewer amino acids, but is full of gluten. Food manufacturers love gluten because it is extremely pliable and tasty. Many people are developing gluten allergies as a result of the overconsumption of white flour.

Protein quality depends on all the essential amino acids being present in the right amounts, and in complete proteins they are. According to a measurement by the Institute of Medicine, a complete protein has a score of 100. Letter grades — based on numeric
scores — for the individual parts of the wheat grain are:

Germ: A

Bran: C

Endosperm: F

For nutrients like amino acids to do their jobs effectively in the body they must be balanced, and in whole grains they are. Here is how many amino acids are lost during processing white flour.

Amino acid  Units  Whole-Wheat Flour  White Flour
Tryptophan

G

0.254

0.159

Threonine

G

0.474

0.351

Isoleucine

G

0.610

0.446

Leucine

G

1.111

0.887

Lysine

G

0.454

0.285

Methionine

G

0.254

0.229

Cystine

G

0.380

0.274

Phenylalanine

G

0.775

0.650

Tyrosine

G

0.480

0.390

Valine

G

0.742

0.519

Arginine

G

0.770

0.521

Histidine

G

0.380

0.287

Alanine

G

0.584

0.415

Aspartic acid

G

0.844

0.544

Glutamic acid

G

5.190

4.349

Glycine

G

0.662

0.464

Proline

G

1.706

1.498

Serine

G

0.775

0.645

Whole wheat has more of every amino acid than white flour.

There are many other nutrients that are affected in processing whole wheat into white flour.

Nutrient

Units

Whole-Wheat
Flour

White
Flour 

Macronutrient
Energy

kCal

407

455

Protein

G

16.44

12.91

Carbohydrate

G

87.08

95.39

Fiber

G

14.6

3.4

Minerals
Calcium

Mg

41

19

Iron

Mg

4.66

1.46

Magnesium

Mg

166

28

Phosphorus

Mg

415

135

Potassium

Mg

486

134

Sodium

Mg

6

2

Zinc

Mg

3.52

0.88

Copper

Mg

0.458

0.180

Manganese

Mg

4.559

0.853

Selenium

Mcg

84.8

42.4

Vitamins
Thiamin

Mg

0.536

0.150

Riboflavin

Mg

0.258

0.050

Niacin

Mg

7.638

1.562

Pantothenic acid

Mg

1.210

0.547

Vitamin B-6

Mg

0.409

0.055

Folate

Mcg

53

32

Choline

Mg

37.4

13.0

Betaine

Mg

87.4

0.0

Carotene, beta

Mcg

6

0

Vitamin A, IU

IU

11

0

Lutein + zeaxanthin

Mcg

264

22

Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)

Mg

0.98

0.07

Vitamin K (phylloquinone)

Mcg

2.3

0.4

Fats
Fatty acids, saturated

G

0.386

0.194

Fatty acids, monounsaturated

G

0.278

0.109

Fatty acids, polyunsaturated

G

0.935

0.516

Whole wheat has four times the amount of fiber white flour does. Whole wheat also has fewer calories, carbohydrates and more protein than its less healthy counterpart. There is about fifty percent less calcium, about one-third the amount of iron, and one-sixth the amount of magnesium in white flour. The list goes on and on but you can see it for yourself.

These are a few of the reasons to eat more whole grains. Whole grains have a lot more of the nutrients we need to function, learn, maintain sufficient energy levels for our busy lifestyles and thrive.

Sources:

  1. Self Nutrition Data. (n.d.). Know what you eat. Retrieved April 4, 2011, from http://nutritiondata.self.com.
  2. United States Department of Agriculture. (2009). National nutrient database for standard reference, release 22. Retrieved December 30, 2009, from http://www.nal.United States Department of Agriculture.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/.

Anxiety and Natural Healing

By Elizabeth Kahn, Dietitian

It is estimated that ten to twenty percent of the population will have a panic attack at least once during their lifetimes. Anxiety can either be chronic or acute. A panic attack is acute anxiety. Panic attacks are a nervous system response also referred to as the “Fight or Flight” response. The fight or flight response is the body’s reaction to a stressful situation, in which hormones including adrenaline are released. In a panic attack this response occurs at an inappropriate time. In the face of a wild animal this response can save you, in an inappropriate situation this can produce unnecessary stress. Anxiety can be uncomfortable and also takes a toll on the body.

During a panic attack there can be feelings of impending doom, shortness of breath, a smothering or claustrophobic feeling, heart palpitations, chest pain, dizziness, hot flashes and/or chills, sweating, trembling, numbness, tingling sensations in the extremities, a feeling of not being in reality and a distorted perception of time passing.

Long term anxiety can cause muscle soreness, twitching and tightening as well as fatigue, depression, insomnia, nightmares, decreased libido and an inability to relax.

Chronic anxiety is more mild and generalized than acute. Sufferers often feel a vague sense of anxiety much of the time. These individuals may also suffer an anxiety attack but generally the feelings are less intense. They may experience headaches, chronic fatigue and startle easily and often have a persistent feeling of uneasiness, especially around other people.

Diet

Nutrition can reduce the number and intensity of panic attacks and overall anxiety. Following a natural plan can either end the need for medication or make it possible to reduce drug dosage.

Nutritional deficiencies including low selenium, iron and chromium levels can cause anxiety. Food allergies can also trigger these disorders.

Food that are helpful for anxiety are apricots, asparagus, avocados, bananas, broccoli, blackstrap molasses, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, dried fruits, dulse, figs, fish (especially salmon), garlic, green leafy vegetables, legumes, raw nuts and seeds, soy products, whole grains and yogurt.

Eat small frequent meals rather than fewer larger meals, i.e. five meals rather than three. Limit intake of animal protein and eat more complex carbohydrates and plant proteins. Avoid foods that have refined sugars or other simple carbohydrates. For maximum nutritional benefits avoid all simple sugars, carbonated soft drinks, alcohol and tobacco.

Caffeine can trigger anxiety. Determine if caffeine is affecting you by keeping a food log of your intake while noting your anxiety levels, or simply limit or avoid the substance altogether. Coffee, black tea, chocolate and many cola’s contain caffeine.

Herbal Treatment

Kava kava is an herb that can treat anxiety. Kava or most any herb should not be taken for more than two weeks at a time. Catnip, chamomile, cramp bark, hops, linden flower, motherwort, passion flower and skullcap can also aid in preventing panic attacks and promote relaxation.

Fennel, lemon balm and willow bark reduce gastrointestinal upsets caused by anxiety. Feverfew and meadowsweet can relieve anxiety related headaches. Meadowsweet can be taken as a tea or extract. Check with your local health food store for more information on availability and ideal ways to take individual herbs, as staff in these locales are often very knowledgeable.

If you are taking medication consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking any herb to check for possible drug interactions.

Other Causes

Recreational drug use such as marijuana use can cause anxiety attacks.

More Natural Treatments

Meditation and exercise are effective tools to alleviate anxiety. Call a trusted friend to talk as this can also diffuse anxiety. Positive thinking can be very helpful for this and just about any other mental or physical issue.

According to famed author and motivational speaker Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, “whenever a negative thought concerning your personal powers comes to mind, deliberately voice a positive thought to cancel it out”. This and other tools for positive thinking can reduce the feelings of stress or anxiety dramatically. Stress is, after all, in the eye of the perceiver.

As I often do, I recommend a naturopathic doctor to analyze an individual’s needs and develop a customized treatment plan for those suffering from anxiety disorders. Look for one of these practitioners in the phone book or on the Internet, and contact them one by one until you find a good fit for your situation. These practitioners can often refer you to the appropriate provider if they are not the best match for you, as many naturopaths have specific areas of expertise. Some natural practitioners accept insurance and some insurance plans will help cover naturopathic treatment. However, if you have to (and can) pay out of your own pocket for natural medicine, solving the underlying problem will be well worth the expense.

Sources

Balch, P. A. (2006). Prescription for nutritional healing (4th ed.). New York: Avery Publishing.

Peale, N. V. (1992). The power of positive thinking. New York: Simon & Schuster. Retrieved October 30, 2011, from http://self-improvement-ebooks.com/books/tpopt.php.

 

 

Got GERD? Learn to Balance Body Acid Naturally

By Elizabeth Kahn, Dietitian

The foods we eat contribute directly to the pH balance in our bodies. If the acid levels in our diet are out of balance, health problems will often occur. Problems associated with high acidity include acid reflux, GERD and indigestion. Acidic environments are also linked to cancer and other diseases.

Acidic foods are highly prevalent in the average American diet. These foods need to be consumed in balance with more basic (alkaline) foods to keep the body chemistry in line. Use the following list to help balance your body chemistry naturally.

Highly Acidic Foods (avoid):

Alcohol, asparagus, beans, Brussels sprouts, buckwheat, catsup, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), cocoa, coffee, cornstarch, cranberries, eggs, fish, flour based products, legumes, lentils, meat, milk, mustard, noodles, oatmeal, olives, organ meats, pasta, pepper, plums, poultry, prunes, sauerkraut, shellfish, soft drinks, sugar, all foods with added sugar, tea and vinegar. Also aspirin, tobacco and most drugs.

Moderately Acidic Foods (limit):

Butter, canned or glazed fruit, cheeses, dried coconut, dried or sulfured fruit (most), grains (most), ice cream, ice milk, lamb’s quarters, nuts and seeds (most).

Highly Basic Foods (consume liberally):

Avocados, corn, dates, fresh coconut, fresh fruits (most- even citrus), fresh vegetables (most- especially kudzu, onions, potatoes, rutabagas), honey, horseradish, maple syrup, molasses, mushrooms, onions, raisins, soy products, sprouts, Umeboshi plums and watercress.

Moderately Basic Foods (consume liberally):

Almonds, blackstrap molasses, brazil nuts, chestnuts, lima beans, millet and soured dairy products.

Resources:

Balch, P. A. (2006). Prescription for nutritional healing. Avery Publishing: New York.

Holistic Nutrition

By Elizabeth Kahn, Dietitian
A healthy offering
Credit: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt

Holistic nutritionists treat the whole individual with natural remedies. These practitioners can alleviate symptoms of and prevent disease by using natural remedies such as diet and exercise. Modern medicine sets out to treat symptoms of disease as doctors often do not understand a cause. Many disorders and diseases such as ADD and diabetes are caused by poor diet. Many holistic nutritionists believe that many of today’s diseases are being caused by undiagnosed nutritional imbalances. Holistic practitioners attempt to heal people by giving the body what it needs to heal itself and by correcting any nutrient deficiencies. Holistic nutrition is often used in conjunction with modern medicine. This multifaceted approach to health care that incorporates mainstream medicine with natural treatments is called integrative medicine. Many practitioners of all walks, believe that integrative medicine is the future of health care.

How Nutrition Works

Healthy food
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Natural treatments like holistic nutrition attempt to stimulate the body’s natural defenses and immune system in order for the body to heal itself. Many people in our society now have a poor diet due to the consumption of highly processed, refined foods. Nutritional imbalances can often be at the root of many of today’s diseases as a result. Holistic nutrition therapy can often cure many of today’s health problems by evaluating the diet and nutrient balance in the body. Holistic nutritionists work with the client to alter their food and drink intake and exercise to adjust nutrient balance and put the body into a more balanced, nourished and whole state.

Types of Holistic Practitioners

Integrated medicine: A team approach to health
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There are many natural practitioners in addition to holistic nutritionists that can often benefit health by using a holistic, or whole approach. Examples of holistic practitioners include acupuncturists, general holistic medical, chiropractors and herbalists. In integrated medicine, all of these practitioners work together in a team approach to treat the patient by using all available therapies. As in mainstream Western medicine, in integrated medicine a primary-care physician would recommend the treatment and could include many of these complementary therapies. Holistic nutrition and other natural practitioners along with Western medicine can be a powerful team approach to healing.

Health Literacy

Many people do not have a basic knowledge about health, and this includes nutrition. According to the 2003 study, the National Assessment of Adult Literacy found that millions of people in the United States lack basic health literacy. Health literacy is defined as the degree to which individuals can obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

Lack of Information Leads to the Need for More Natural Healing

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The people who lack basic health knowledge have misinformation about the body and disease and then often don’t make the connection between lifestyle choices like diet and disease. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy study, only 11 percent of those studied had a proficient health literacy. Proficient in health literacy includes skills like calculating cholesterol and blood-sugar levels and understanding nutrition labels. With so many people lacking in nutrition knowledge, there is an even greater need for holistic nutritionists that can teach them about proper nutrition and their health.

Better than Drugs or Surgery

No more pills!
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Natural remedies like holistic nutrition do not cause dramatic side effects like pharmaceutical solutions do. Surgery removes body parts after they have broken down. Since natural solutions can prevent disease and alleviate symptoms without side effects, they are therefore preferable to drugs or surgery. Nutrition has a regenerative and healing effect on the body and its organs and can often make drugs and surgery unnecessary.

Finding a Good Provider

There are many credential programs that certify these alternative practitioners. When seeking the advice of a holistic nutritionist or other alternative practitioner you should ask for their credentials and verify them and that the institution that gave them to them is a credible one. Many nutritionists are registered dietitians. This means that they completed a four-year bachelor’s degree program, completed an internship, passed the exam and have been registered with the American Dietetic Association. You can also call them for a referral.

Keyword
  • holistic nutrition
  • integrated medicine
  • healing
Reference
Resources

Alternative Medicine Treatment for Granuloma Annulare | From eHow.com

By Elizabeth Kahn, Dietitian

Granuloma annulare is a chronic skin condition consisting of raised, reddish or skin-colored bumps that form ring patterns and usually appear on hands and feet. According to the Mayo Clinic, most lesions disappear on their own within a few months to two years. The primary concerns with this skin condition are cosmetic and there are many natural treatments that can speed the disappearance of these lesions.

Diet

You can treat granuloma annulare by trying to build up your immune system and having your body heal itself by getting plenty of sleep, exercise and by eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lea protein, fresh juices and taking a multi-vitamin supplement. Many nutrient deficiencies can lead to a lowered immunity and skin problems including granuloma annulare.

Remedies

The regular treatment for granuloma annulare includes freezing or cryotherapy, hydrocortisone and light therapy. If you prefer to look further, there are several alternative medicine formulations available on the market for the treatment of this skin disorder including Annurax, Granutab (herbal) and Garnilin (homeopathic). Of all of these treatments, Granutab is the only one that has been proven effective in a clinical trial.

There are many herbs that can treat skin problems such as oak leaf extract which has healing properties for skin, aloe vera and green tea extract have antioxidant and healing properties, a warm washcloth soaked in malva tea can help inflammation and a poultice made up of chaparral, dandelion and yellow dock root can also benefit a rash.

References

The Mayo Clinic: Granuloma Annulare Definition

Granulomaannulare-options.com: Alternative Medicine Treatment
Options for Granuloma Annulare

Prescription
for Nutritional Healing; Phyllis Balch, James Balch; 2000

What Are the Benefits of Marine Collagen? | Elizabeth Kahn | eHow.com

Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the connective tissue in the body. Like many other components in skin, collagen is constantly being broken down, produced and recycled. Marine collagen is becoming increasingly popular for skin treatment and many people believe that it is better than land-based sources of collagen.

Better Source

Marine collagen is taken from fish and is thought to have less environmental contaminants than the collagen taken from cattle or pigs.

Better Absorption

Marine collagen is smaller in molecular weight and thus is believed to have increased absorption into the skin.

Source

Marine collagen is derived from cod, a deep sea fish. The collagen is taken from the scales and fins.

We Need More Collagen as We Age

The use of collagen increases as we age and picks up speed after 40. As we age, it can benefit the skin to help boost collagen presence.

Easy on the Environment

Marine collagen is extracted from fish that are being processed for other purposes, so the collagen derived from these sources is said to be environmentally friendly.

References

Webraydian Article Director

Asia Pacific Food Technology

“Prescription for Nutritional Healing;” Balch; 2006

 

How to Fast to Heal Psoriasis | eHow.com

How to Fast to Heal Psoriasis

By Elizabeth Kahn, eHow Contributor

Psoriasis is a skin disease characterized by red or brown, scaly patches on the skin. This condition can be recurrent and can be brought on by stress and other factors, including illness, injury, excessive alcohol use or certain medications such as those used for high blood pressure or heart disease. There are some studies that point to fat intake and toxin buildup in the colon as a cause of this skin disorder. Fasting is a good way to rid the body of excess toxins and to boost the immune system to help the body fight disease.

Difficulty: Easy

Instructions

Things You’ll Need

Raw fruits and vegetables

Fresh pure fruit juices

Green drinks (carrot juice, beet juice)

Steam distilled water

10 Lemons

Recommended: Powdered fiber (psyllium, bran or flax seed)
supplement

Optional:

Herbal tea

Watermelon

Applesauce

Spirulina

Fish oil or flaxseed oil supplement

Fasting for Psoriasis

1. To prepare your body for fasting, eat only raw fruits and vegetables for two days prior to the fast. Take a fiber supplement every day before the fast.

2. Fast for five days.

3. Squeeze one fresh lemon into a cup of warm water and drink upon waking and going to sleep.

4. Drink 10 8-ounce glasses of steam distilled water per day.

5. Consume pure juices. Dilute all juices with water, mixing three parts water to one part juice. Green drinks made from green leafy vegetables and fresh juices such as apple, beet, cabbage, carrot, celery and grape are also recommended. Avoid citrus juices and tomato juice.

6. Drink up to 2 cups of herbal tea per day if desired.

7. Try a spirulina supplement, a piece of watermelon or applesauce to help with hunger.

8. After the fast, eat only raw foods for a minimum of two days and up to two weeks. Then maintain a diet of 50 percent raw foods, including plenty of vegetables and non-citrus fruits such as bananas apples, pears, grapes and berries. Take a powdered fiber supplement such as bran, psyllium or flax seed every day. Try taking a supplement with fish or flaxseed oil daily.

Tips & Warnings

Avoid red meat, fried foods, all other sources of saturated fat, citrus fruits, sugar, and processed foods including white flour. Try stress management techniques such as meditation. Stress can cause psoriasis, and it also lowers immunity. If this fast does not help heal the psoriasis wait at least 30 days, then try a 10 day fast, which will go deeper and repair more of the body’s systems, according to “Prescription for Nutritional
Healing.”

Consult your doctor before performing this or any fast.

Resources

“Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” Phyllis A. Balch: 2006

 

How to Control MRSA With Diet | eHow.com

How to Control MRSA
With Diet

By Elizabeth Kahn,
eHow Contributor

An MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
infection is caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and is often called a
“staph” infection. MRSA is a strain of staph that’s resistant to many
antibiotics. Most MRSA infections occur in health care facilities like
hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis centers. People with weak or compromised
immune systems are at most risk for this infection. The best way to fight any
infection is to strengthen the body so that it can heal itself. One of the best
ways to strengthen the body’s own defense system is through diet.

Difficulty: Moderate

Instructions

 

  1. Consume one smoothie every day. To make a
    smoothie, include a combination of the following: Fruits, vegetables, fruit or
    vegetable juice, soy milk, yogurt, honey to sweeten if necessary, and ice.
    Include the directed amount of amino acid, vitamin and mineral powder. Blend
    all ingredients in a blender or juicer. Only apples or apple juice should be
    added to a vegetable juice or smoothie. Smoothies can be pre-made and frozen
    for easy access and busy schedules.
  2. Eat organic food that contains no pesticides or
    chemical additives.
  3. Eat plenty of a variety of fresh whole fruits
    and vegetables and fruit and vegetable juices daily.
  4. Eat only whole-grain breads and other whole
    foods.
  5. Eat only lean sources of protein such as
    chicken, lamb, tofu, yogurt and cottage cheese.
  6. Use only canola, olive, flaxseed or soybean oils
    and spreads.
  7. Avoid saturated and trans fats. Most saturated
    fats and trans fats are found in animal products and foods fried in unhealthy
    oils. Avoid toxic substances like alcohol, processed and refined foods,
    chemical additives and pesticides.

Tips & Warnings

Relax. Try taking a relaxing and detoxifying bath every day.
Many products are on the market for this and you can try 1 cup Epsom salt, 2
cups baking soda and 10 drops lavender oil.

Get plenty of fresh air, sunshine and exercise as these all
reduce stress and build immunity. Studies have shown that people with high
levels of stress have lower levels of antibodies that help fight off infection
(see Reference 3).

Believe you can get better and you will. Science has shown
that positive thinking can help fight disease.

If you are under the care of a doctor, check with your
doctor before performing this diet.

Resources

World’s
Healthiest Foods