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Eating for defense: Foods to avoid when fighting the flu

Friday, March 03, 2006
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: health news, Natural News, nutrition

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If you want to defend yourself against the flu, you need to adopt healthy dietary choices. That means eating unprocessed foods and avoiding all white flour, white sugar and other added sugars. It means avoiding all chemical additives such as saccharin, aspartame, monosodium glutamate and artificial colors.

It means turning to whole food sources such as whole grains, beans and legumes, nuts, seeds, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and superfoods. When you choose these as your food sources, you are fortifying your body with the vitamins, minerals, healthy oils, fiber and other nutrients it needs to boost its immune system function and fight off the flu.

To see articles and recommendations on superfoods, visit: http://www.WebSeed.com/Superfoods.html.

Virtually every food that is popular in American culture is immunosuppressive, by the way. That's right practically everything you've been told could be a part of a healthy, balanced diet is, in fact, a food that causes disease and suppresses immune system function.

Foods like pizza and hamburgers are highly immunosuppressive. Anything that's fried is extremely toxic to the human body, and it affects not only your immune system function, but also your cardiovascular health. So, french fries, tater tots, fried chicken, onion blooms or any other fried foods, should absolutely be avoided -- not only by those who are suffering from flu symptoms, but also by anyone who wants to be healthy at all.

Avoid dairy products when fighting the flu
In my opinion, cows milk and dairy products are also immunosuppressive. That's because they promote stagnation, including chronic sinus infections and constipation. They create mucus in the body, which is why so many people who suffer from asthma are actually suffering from an allergic reaction to dairy products. Nearly 70 percent of the population of the world is lactose intolerant.

Drinking dairy products when you're trying to fight off the flu is sort of like dumping half a gallon of epoxy into the oil of your car. It will gum up the works. It will make it far more difficult for your body to perform the complex physiological activities on which your health depends. Cows milk and dairy products should be strictly avoided by those who don't want to get the flu or who are suffering from flu-like symptoms.

Get the (scary) facts on dairy products at: http://www.WebSeed.com/Dairy_products.html".

Avoid excess salt
There are other ingredients that create stagnation in the body. Processed salt (ordinary salt) is one of them. Salt constricts blood vessels, which is one way it raises blood pressure and produces symptoms of hypertension. It also impairs the mobility of water in your body, because the water will automatically be attracted to the salt. Wherever salt goes, water follows. So, if you're eating a lot of salt, it could mean that water is not going to get to your organs and cells because it's all tied up in the salt.

Often, sick people say, "I'm going to have some chicken soup" because that's supposed to be good for a flu. Chicken soup is actually one of the worst things that you can eat when you're sick due to its high sodium content. There is so much salt in a can of chicken soup that it directly acts as an immune system suppressant.

On top of that, chicken soup often has noodles in it, and those noodles are made with refined white flour, which also depletes vitamins and minerals from your body. So, chicken soup really offers nothing of value except, perhaps, the onions and garlic (the medicinal plants in the broth).

In contrast to processed salt, sea salt or Himalayan salt is very good for you. Mined from natural salt deposits, these salts contain an array of health-promoting minerals (including trace minerals), far beyond the sodium and chloride found in typical processed salt. Find some sources for sea salt and trace minerals at: http://www.WebSeed.com/Trace_minerals.html.

At this point, you're probably getting some ideas about how you can defend yourself against the flu by avoiding many of these stresses. If you could live a stress-free life (which is probably impossible these days), you might never get sick at all.

This article is excerpted from the book How to Beat the Bird Flu by Mike Adams. The full book can be purchased in downloadable or hardcopy editions at www.TruthPublishing.com.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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