Diet To Help Support The Immune System.

Diet To Help Support The Immune System.

I am not a medical professional, my medical knowledge is limited. I am not giving medical advice I am posting what I have learned from getting ill from Lyme. I will post a flow chart below of how I believe the Immune System works.

Phospholipids

Phospolipids provide support and protection to our cells by surrounding them. Our body also needs them to repair. They also help lower inflammation in the body. They are even key in helping our bodies fight infection and cancer. One of the best sources of phospolipids is Ghee.

Your body cannot process it if it does not have enough choline. Good sources of choline are Green Vegetable, Milk , Chicken , Kidney Beans , Grapefruit , Peanuts,

Almonds and Brown Rice.

Good source of phospolipids are Ghee, Flax Seed Oil , Coconut Oil , And most other oils. Eggs also contain them.

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Function Of The Spleen

The Spleen stores blood including Lymphocytes (white blood cells) . It also helps remove damaged blood cells and platelets. It also destroys bacteria and other foreign substances.

Spleen Health

      1. Eat non processed foods.

      2. Eat lots of soups the spleen likes soups.

      3. Relax after eating.

      4. Don’t drink liquids that are too cold the spleen does not like that.

      5. If possible if your health permits exercise the abdomen.

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        Function Of The Liver

      1. Breaks down and detoxifies substances in our bodies.

      2. Converts stored sugar to usable sugar.

      3. Breaks down hemoglobin and Insulan.

      4. Destroys old blood red blood cells.

      5. Stores vitamins like B12, Folic Acid , Iron , Vitamin A , Vitamin D , and Vitamin K.

Liver Health

      1. Do not take too many vitamins it can be hard on the liver. Some are not but research which ones aren’t. I only take a multivitamin twice a week. Any more then that and you are probably wasting your money because you will just pee them out.

      2. Don’t over indulge in alcohol.

      3. Stay away from trans fats they are very hard on the liver.

      4. Do not use GM (Genetically Modified) foods, they contain BT Toxins

        (Bacillus Thuringiensis) they are very hard on the whole body.

      5. Drink tea or coffee just not in excess. They have been shown to lower the risk of kidney disease.

      6. Try not to take pain killers , like acetaminophen they are toxic to the liver.

      7. Don’t touch or breath in toxins, your skin and lungs are like a sponge and will absorb them.

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Lymphatic System

The lymph glands contain lymphocytes (white blood cells) . The lymphocytes in the lymph nodes respond to antigens produced by pathogens. They make antibodies, which target the pathogens producing the antigens.

Lymphatic System Health

      1. Eat a diet that contains Vitamin A. Vitamin A allows for the proper gene activation within lymph nodes. Sweet potatoes, kale , Pumpkin, Carrots , and Fish are high in Vitamin A.

      2. Avoid processed foods and sugar.

      3. Eat complex carbohydrates. Fruits and Vegetables , Whole Grains , Nuts , Seeds , Legumes , and Diary Products have complex carbohydrates.

      4. Drink some tea.

      5. Eat lots of polyunsaturated fats. Good sources of these are, sunflower seeds , sesame seeds , chia seeds, seeds in general, peanuts , olive oil , canola oil , ghee, whole grain wheat , oily fish.

      6. Vitamin D also helps support the Lymphatic System.

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Bone Marrow produces red blood cells and lymphocytes (white blood cells) to support the immune system. Bone Marrow also produces stem cells.

Bone Marrow Health

        1. Eat dark leafy greens that are high in iron. Raisons , Prunes and Apricots are good sources of iron.

        2. Avoid sugar.

        3. Avoid chemical additives.

        4. Avoid consuming too much alcohol.

        5. Avoid GM (genetically modified) foods. They contain BT Toxins.

        6. Get lots of protein. I have found egg protein helps me a lot, it contains albumin which helps the muscles. Whey protein is another good source of protein. Do not take soy protein, especially if you are a male it can make you grow breast.

        7. Eat foods high in Vitamin B6 (pyridoxal) It is used to form hemoglobin, it also plays an important role in producing energy to sustain cells. Good sources of that are Eggs, Whole Grains , Milk , Potatoes.

        8. Eat foods high in B Vitamins (folic acid). Helps to produce red blood cells. Good sources are Brown Rice , Green Vegetables , Beans.

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The intestines contribute a lot to our health and so does our stomach. If we put bad things in our body like GM foods with the BT Toxins then we can affect the health of our whole body. The intestine helps to break down our food to make it more easier for the body to convert it to energy. It also helps to fight infection. To do these things properly it needs butyric acid. Butyric Acid also helps break the food down so your body can more readily use it, it also helps protect your stomach , nerve repair, and also helps fight infection. It has also been shown to help fight cancer. Good sources of that are Ghee , flax seed oil, oats, sweet potatoes , fruits, and vegetables , nuts also your body will produce it if you eat a high fiber diet. I would and a probiotic to the mix to help with digestion to replace any enzymes you my have lost.

Another thing you need for colon health is a prebiotic, That is fiber that your body cannot easily digest. Good sources of prebiotics are Wheat Bran , Bananas , Onion.

Vitamin C

I wasn’t sured were to put this in my blog. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) helps everything. It is vital to get enough vitamin C to help the immune system. Vitamin C helps remove toxins, heavy metals , lowers cholesterol , it pretty much helps protect our body from everything. Studies have found that vitamin C is extremely good at help to protect from upper respiratory infection. Vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron, healing and growth of collagen, Some of the best sources of vitamin C are c antelope , citrus fruits , broccoli , cabbage , peppers , kiwi , tomatoes.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopheral , d-alph-acetate, d-alpho-tocopheral succinate) are the forms that you will find it in if you take a vitamin E supplement. If there is a “dl” at the beginning do not take it because it is derived petroleum . The ones that begin only with a D are the ones that are from natural sources. We need polyunsaturated fats but our body uses more vitamin E when we consume them so we need to make sure we get enough vitamin E. Vitamin E serves a lot of the same functions as vitamin C . It helps protect our bodies from free radicals, protects the heart , helps our vision , even helps keep the blood healthy , helps arthritis, helps leg pain, helps blood vessels, helps protect us from hardening of the arteries , helps protect from cancer , it also helps with Alzheimer, helps with chronic fatigue, the list goes on and on . Do not take too much because you can take enough that it becomes toxic. That is why I prefer natural sources of vitamin E. You should take it with a fat because it is fat soluble. You could use coconut oil, flax seed oil or ghee. Good sources of vitamin E are leafy greens , tropical fruits , nuts , peppers , vegetable oils and olive oil , just about all the natural oils have it , whole wheat , and tomatoes.

Zinc

Zinc improves cardio vascular health. Helps prevent diabetes , has antioxidant effects , improves sleep it is necessary for the metabolism of melatonin. Zinc also improves energy, boost the immune system , speeds wound healing and helps with ADHD symptoms. Sources of Zinc are shell fish , red meats , pumpkin or squash seeds , nuts , dark chocolate , poultry , beans , legumes . The zinc in fruits and vegetables cannot be used by the body.

Beta-Carotene

Beta-Carotene is an antioxidant, it enhances and strengthens the immune system to help fight infections. It also promotes proper cell communication , protects our DNA and helps protect the brain from again. Sources of Beta-Carotene are peas , orange fruits and vegetables , dark leafy greens , sweet red peppers and broccoli.

Magnesium

Every organ depends on magnesium. Magnesium needs vitamin D and vice versa. Magnesium is needed for biochemical reactions in the body. Magnesium also helps reduce high blood pressure , it helps alleviate gastrointestinal problems, it helps regulate blood sugar levels , helps maintain a healthy heart , helps strengthen

our bones healthy bones mean a healthier immune system. Magnesium is also a powerful detoxifier and helps reduce your risk for cancer. Magnesium also needed to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, keeps the immune system healthy, and helps maintain heart rythom. Sources of magnesium are dark leafy greens , nuts and seeds , beans , lentils , whole grains , avocados , dairy products , bananas , dark chocolate , shell fish , black tea , blackstrap molasses.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps maintain healthy bones healthy bones means a healthier immune system. Vitamin D also helps the body absorb minerals better, stabilizes sugar levels and guards against insulin resistance. It also regulates many genes in the body.

ImmuneThe above image a flow chart of how I believe the immune system works.

If you are interested in this post you may also be interested my my other post on being healthy. https://iamajuicer.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/diet-to-help-with-pots-av-block-and-detox-issues/

Nutrients Needed For Joint, Nerve, Bone and Ligament Repair.

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Foods Needed For Bone, Nerve, Ligament Repair And Joint Repair.

I grouped all the foods into one post because the nutrients needed for bone, nerve, ligament and joint repair was almost the same. Always drink lots of water the body needs the fluids to repair. Also replenish your electrolytes. Maybe drink a little salt water.

1. Choline – cauliflower, eggs , broccoli , cod fish , spinach , milk , grapefruit , almonds , brown rice.

  1. Omega-3 fatty acids – fish , shell fish , flax seed or flax seed oil , pumpkin seed , walnuts , Ghee , canola , brussel sprouts , spinach, mustard oil , leafy greens including water cress.

  2. Vitamin C – citrus fruits ,broccoli , strawberries , cantaloupe , potatoes , tomatoes , peppers , guava , leafy greens.

  3. Magnesium – almonds spinach , cashews , peanuts , edamame , peanut butter , whole wheat , bread , avocado , potatoes , brown rice , yogurt , oats , kidney beans , bananas , milk , raisons , chicken, apples , raw carrots , dark chocolate , black pepper , prunes.

  4. Vitamin D – fish , liver , cheese , eggs , milk.

  5. B12 – shellfish , liver , fish , red meat , dairy products , eggs , chicken , turkey.

  6. Calcium – milk and milk products, tums , leafy greens , fish , broccoli.

  7. Glutamine – beef , chicken , eggs , milk and dairy products , lentils , peas , wheat , cabbage , beets , brussel sprouts , leafy greens , beans , parsley.

  8. Glutamic Acid – this one is very important for nerve repair. Found in all meats , poultry , diary products , fish , kombu.

  9. Lipoic acid – found in all foods especially spinach and broccoli.

  10. Vitamin B1 – pork , nuts , sunflower seed , green peas , squash , bean , asparagus.

  11. Vitamin B2 – cheese , almonds , beef , lamb , oily fish like mackerel , eggs , pork , mushrooms , sesame seeds , seafood , spinach.

  12. Vitamin B3 – fish , poultry , pork , liver , peanuts , beef , mushrooms , green peas , mushrooms , avocado.

  13. Vitamin B5 – cauliflower , broccoli , yellow corn , leafy greens , tomatoes , legumes , beans , sweet potatoes.

  14. Vitamin B6 – sun flower seeds , pistachio nuts , fish , poultry , pork , prunes , leafy greens , beef , bananas , avocados.

  15. Methysulfonlymethane – cows milk , tea , swiss chard , beer , alfalfa sprouts , apples , raspberries , vegetables , whole grains , legumes . Processing food removes most of the MSM.

  16. Chondroitin – the only source of this I know of is supplements. If you buy a supplement get one that has glucosamine, chondroitin and msm.

Diet To Help With POTS, AV Block And Detox Issues And Over All Well Being.

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Key Foods For Our Health.

This article should help healthy people as well as unhealthy. In dealing with Lyme I have learned a lot about how our diet can influence the body. Issues discussed in this blog can help if you don’t seem to get much energy from the food you eat, to helping with inflamation and cell repair.  What I have found is the things that play one of the biggest rules in protecting your health is Butyric Acid and Phospholipids.   I discuss what your body needs to increase the levels of them  . From the research I have done I believe they are the key to our health so eating foods to increase the levels of them we can dramatically improve our health. Improving our bodies production of Butyric Acid and Phospholipids has been shown to help fight cancer. Whatever you do stay away from caffeine , sugar , and alcohol , they are like poison to people who are ill. I left a very important part out of this article so I am going to post it at the end of the bottom. It is the importance of giving your body what it needs to support and repair RNA. (Ribonucleic Acid)   If you do not do that then this information will help but not to the degree that it could. By supporting the RNA you can actually reverse a little of the ageing. Many things I mention you may not be able to eat from gut dysbiosis or leaky gut. I have posted on those.

 POTS AV Block And Detox Issues.

Many Lyme sufferers develop POTS (Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) , AV Blocks (Atrio ventricular blocks) and will sometimes develop Detox issues caused by MTHFR mutation. If you want to know more about MTHFR this site is the best at explaining it http://mthfr.net/ . So you have to choose your food to help your body heel from the damage Lyme causes. Lyme causes a lot of cell damage. So our bodies need phospholipids to help with the repair of the damage Lyme has caused. Because of the cell damage Lyme Sufferers have a lot of swelling including in the heart. The phospholipids help in the repair of the body, they also help in getting the inflammation in our bodies down. Phospholipids are amazing they are even key in helping our bodies fight infection.

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To help our body to produce the phospholipids we need to make sure we eat the food that contains the nutrients it needs. I put together a list of foods that will help to do that. Cows Ghee has most of the vitamins and nutrients mentioned below so it is like a supper food. Especially if it is from milk produced by a grass feed cow ,sophora root is another thing loaded with a lot of the nutrients listed below . Also make sure you drink lots and lots of water. Those who have trouble with fats may have pyrrole issues I have discussed in my post on porphyria.

  1. Omega-3 fatty acids – Camelina , Purslane , Black Raspberry , Kiwifruit seed (chinese goose berry) , Perilla , Chia seed , Flax seed or Flax seed oil  , Butternuts , Persian Walnuts , Pecans , Hazel nuts.

  2. Amino Acids – this is going to be the longest because there are different types of amino acids your body needs to produce. Those with phenylketonuria will need to avoid animal flesh for a while because it will raise ammonia levels from the build up of phenylalanine. 

A) Lysine – Catfish , beef , chicken , azuki bean , milk , pumpkin seed , egg , pea, lentil , lentil , kidney bean , winged bean (Goa bean) , chick pea , navy bean , Quinoa .

B) Methionine – Egg , Sesame seeds , cheese , brazil nuts , chicken , fish , pork , wheat germ , oat , peanuts , corn , lentils .

C) Isoleucine – eggs , sea weed (be careful eating too much of this it is high in iodine, you don’t want to get your iodine levels to high.) , turkey , chicken , cereal grains , legumes , wheat germ , almonds , oat , peas , lentils , brown rice , beans .

D) Tryptophan – eggs , spirulina , cod , cheese , sesame seed , pork , turkey , chicken ,beef , oats , lamb , chocolate , milk , rice , Quinao , potatoes , tamarind , banana , beans , legumes .

E) Myo-inoitol – fruit , beans , nuts .

F) Threonine – poultry , cottage cheese , fish , meat , lentils , black turtle bean , sesame seeds .

G) Glutamine – beef, chicken , fish , eggs , milk and dairy products , cabbage , beets , beans , spinach , parsley .

H) Choline – Cauliflower , eggs , broccoli , cod , spinach , wheat germ , milk , tofu , chicken, kidney beans , Quinoa , grapefruit , peanuts , almonds , brown rice .

Flavonoids. – These also help in healing and also help with inflammation. Most fruits and vegetables that you eat contain them but there are sources that are very high in flavonoids. Parsley , onions , blue berries , tea , bananas , all citrus fruits , red wine , dark chocolate , The red skin on peanuts , sophora root .

Vitamins – Lyme causes a lot of vitamin deficiencies which can be deficiencies in zinc , vitamin C , magnesium , iron , vitamin A , vitamin D , vitamin E . Also can cause deficiencies in the B complex vitamins. Here is a list of some sources of the B complexes. I prefer the natural source because I have a bad reaction to supplements containing the B complexes.

    1. B1(Thiamine) – cereal grains , lentils , green vegetables , fish , egg , whole milk , meat , pork , nuts .

    2. B2 (Riboflavin) – chicken , fish , eggs , milk and milk products , green vegetables .

    3. B3 (Niacin) – chicken , fish , whole wheat , legumes .

    4. B6 (Pyridoxine ) – Potatoes , read meat , beans , poultry , eggs .

    5. Folate (folic acid ) – liver, beans , green vegetables , most fruits and vegetables, legumes .

    6. Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) – fish , read meat , poultry , milk and milk products , eggs , shell fish.

    7. Biotin – liver , eggs or the best sources but this one is distributed throughout our food so just about anything you eat will have it.

    8. Pantothenic Acid – yogurt , avocado , legumes , lentils , sweet potatoes, mushrooms , broccoli .

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Butyric Acid – aides in digestion , helps break down food so the body can convert it into energy , helps protect the gut and intestine , also helps with nerve repair and has been shown to fight cancer. The best source of this is Ghee but you can also get it by eating oats , diary products , sweet potatoes , fruits and vegetables , nuts , it is also produced by the intestines from eating fiber. If you have Lyme your enzymes could be off so you should take a probiotic to help in producing butyric acid.

Salt Water – Something I did forget to mention is that you should add salt water to your diet because Lyme messes your electrolytes up.

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Repairing RNA, Helping Raynaud Phenomenon.

The is something I missed when I originally wrote this article. It is something I did not take into consideration. The RNA in your body gets damage by the Lyme and Co-infections. Ribonucleic Acid helps to repair the DNA. So I need to add this to the diet. The benefits of this diet change will be that it will help with Raynaud Phenomenon and even reverse a little of the aging in your body. Now to help RNA repair and function better we need to increase the bodies intake of nucleic acids. This will also help with cellular energy production in the body. When I research this most studies that I read were they got the nucleic acids from meat and other animal flesh showed that kidney stones could develop. The studies I read that were done to see what happened to vegetarians did not mentions kidneys stones forming so I am assuming that meant they did not have that problem when getting them from fruits and vegetables. This diet should also help in muscle repair and better muscle function. This will also help with bone repair because the foods that contain nucleic acid also contain magnesium. So here is the list of foods.

  1. Just about all green fruits and vegetables. Green fruits and vegetables are high in chlorophyll which is very good at chelating and helps remove heavy metals and toxins from your body. You can buy liquid chlorophyll but what I have found is the body must not be used to getting it in that quantity and if you take it on an empty stomach it can give you and upset stomach. Be careful with greens like spinach and kale they are high in oxalates which is common in those who are chronically ill I have posted on that. 

  2. Milk

  3. Lentils

  4. Pea and other legumes.

  5. Beans

  6. Radishes

  7. Onions

  8. Scallions

  9. Mushrooms

If you are interested in herbals that may help you I have another post on herbals that I have used that helped me a lot. That is at this post.   https://iamajuicer.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/herbals-i-used-in-the-fight-with-lyme/