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Eating Well To Reduce Illness

A comprehensive list of illnesses, foods that help and foods to avoid

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Here at My Home Vitality, we strive to provide the latest, most reliable and most relevant information, in a format that helps our community.

A popular topic amongst our readers is the importance of nutrition and how healthy eating can prevent, reduce and suppress illness.

So here is our gift to you – a free nutritional guide to preventing, reducing and suppressing illness!

As nutritional science is constantly developing, we would really appreciate your input to keep this guide as up-to-date as possible.

Please use the comments box at the bottom of this article to inform us of any new research.

Conditions are listed in alphabetical order.

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Condition Helpful Foods  Avoid Consuming
ACNE/ECZEMA PUMPKIN SEEDS, NUTS & LEAN LAMB – ZINC TO AVOID NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES

FRUIT & VEG – VITAMIN C TO AVOID NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES

SPINACH & CARROTS – VITAMIN A TO AVOID NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES

SUNFLOWER SEEDS – VITAMIN E TO AVOID NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES

LOTS OF WATER – FLUSH OUT WASTE PRODUCTS AND TOXINS

TEST FOODS FOR REACTION – DAIRY, FISH, SHELLFISH, TOMATOES, NUTS & WHEAT CAN BE USUAL SUSPECTS

THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE TO PROVE THAT CERTAIN FOODS SUCH AS FRIED FOODS OR CHOCOLATE RESULT OR AGGRAVATE ACNE

BAD BREATH FRUIT & VEG – VITAMIN C – TO KEEP BACTERIA IN CHECK AND COMBAT GUM DISEASE AND GINGIVITIS

GREEN TEA & MINT – ANTIOXIDANT THAT FIGHTS BACTERIA AND LEAVES A MINTY SMELL

YOGHURT – GOOD BACTERIA OVERPOWERS BAD SMELLY BACTERIA

FOR A QUICK MOUTH FRESHENER CHEW RAW PARSLEY

GARLIC

RAW ONION & SPRING ONION

CHEESE

FISH

CURRY

SUGARY FOODS

SMOKING

ALCOHOL

BLADDER INFECTION BLUEBERRIES & CRANBERRIES – CONTAIN ANTIBACTERIAL COMPOUNDS CALLED ANTHOCYANINS

LOTS OF WATER – FLUSH OUT WASTE PRODUCTS AND TOXINS

SUGARY SNACKS AND DRINKS – BAD BACTERIA FEEDS ON SUGAR

ACIDIC FRUITS (LEMON, LIME, TOMATOES, ORANGES, GRAPEFRUIT) – CAUSE INFLAMMATION TO THE BLADDER

CRAMP

(MUSCLE)

ISOTONIC DRINK – REPLACE LOST FLUIDS AND SALTS

WATER – AVOID DEHYDRATION

YOGHURT, SARDINES INCLUDING BONES & CHEESE – CALCIUM FOR MUSCLE CONTRACTION

WHOLEGRAIN FOODS, NUTS & SEEDS – MAGNESIUM FOR MUSCLE CONTRACTION

SATURATED FAT – SLOWS BLOOD CIRCULATION
DEPRESSION BANANAS, OATS, WHOLEMEAL BREAD & POTATOES – COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES FOR ENERGY AND KEEPING BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS STABLE

HIGH FIBRE SWEET FOODS LIKE FRUIT (INCLUDING DRIED FRUIT)  & WHOLEMEAL SCONES – COMBAT SWEET CRAVINGS WITHOUT REFINED SUGARS AND RELEASE SEROTONIN TO INCREASE MOOD

EGGS, FISH, CHICKEN, TURKEY, TOFU, COTTAGE CHEESE, NUTS & SEEDS – HIGH IN TRYPTOPHAN WHICH IS A SYNTHESISER OF SEROTONIN

BROWN RICE, LIVER, WALNUTS – VITAMIN B TO AVOID NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES

LEAN RED MEAT, SARDINES, EGGS & DRIED APRICOTS – IRON TO AVOID NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES

SHELFISH, PUMPKIN SEEDS, NUTS, LIVER (AVOID IF PREGNANT) & LEAN MEAT – ZINC TO AVOID NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES

VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENT OR SUNSHINE – TO RELEASE SERATONIN AND AVOID NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES

SWEETS, SUGARY DRINKS, CHOCOLATE, REFINED BISCUITS & CAKES – SPIKE AND FALL IN BLOOD SUGARS LEADING TO MOOD SWINGS

CAFFIENE & ALCOHOL – TEMPORARY HIGH, FOLLOWED BY DEPRESSING LOW. ALSO IMPACTS BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS

DRUGS – TEMPORARY HIGH, FOLLOWED BY DEPRESSING LOW

PROCESSED FOODS HIGH IN ADDITIVES – SPIKE AND FALL IN BLOOD SUGARS LEADING TO MOOD SWINGS

ENERGY

(LACK OF)

BROWN RICE, PASTA, WHOLEMEAL BREAD, POTATOES (WITH SKINS ON) – STARCHY CARBS FOR A SLOW RELEASE OF ENERGY

FRUIT (INCLUDING DRIED FRUIT) & BANANAS – HEALTHY BOOST OF SUGARS AND ENERGY

POULTRY, EGGS, BEANS, LENTILS, FISH, TOFU & TEMPEH – FOODS HIGH IN PROTEIN WHICH IS FIRST USED FOR MUSCLE REPAIR. ANY SURPLUS IS USED FOR ENERGY

SWEETS, SUGARY DRINKS, CHOCOLATE, REFINED BISCUITS & CAKES – SPIKE AND FALL IN BLOOD SUGARS LEADING TO “CRASH”

CAFFIENE & ALCOHOL – IMPACTS ON SLEEP AND BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS

DRUGS – TEMPORARY HIGH, FOLLOWED BY “CRASH”

PROCESSED FOODS HIGH IN ADDITIVES – SPIKE AND FALL IN BLOOD SUGARS LEADING TO “CRASH”

EYESIGHT BROCCOLI, SPINACH, SWEETCORN AND BILBERRIES – ANTI OXIDANTS THAT FIGHT “FREE RADICALS” (RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OXIDATION PROCESS) IN EYE CELLS

CARROTS – VITAMIN A WHICH COMBINES WITH PROTEIN IN THE EYE’S RETINA FOR BETTER NIGHT VISION

NO KNOWN FOODS THAT DAMAGE EYESIGHT
FEVER LOTS OF WATER – TO AVOID DEHYDRATION

ALL VITAMINS AND MINERALS IN SMALL NUTRITIOUS MEALS – KEEP THE BODY NOURISHED. “FEED A COLD, STARVE A FEVER” IS A MYTH!

PROCESSED FOODS, REFINED SUGARS & ALCOHOL – LACK OF NUTRIENTS TO FIGHT THE INFECTION
GOUT BROCCOLI, KALE & CELERY – ANTI INFLAMMATORY FOODS TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION

BANANAS & AVOCADO – POTASSIUM TO HELP EXCRETE URIC ACID THAT CRYSTALLISES WITHIN JOINTS

CHERRIES – LOWER URIC ACID LEVELS

LOTS OF WATER – DISSOLVES URIC ACID CRYSTALS AND PREVENT THEIR FORMATION

POULTRY & SHELLFISH – HIGH PURINE FOODS RAISE URIC ACID WHICH CRYSTALLISES WITHIN JOINTS
GUMS (UNHEALTHY) CHEESE – CALCIUM FOR STRONG TEETH AND INCREASES FLOW OF SALIVA, REDUCING MOUTH ACIDITY

APPLES – NATURAL SCOURER, CLEANSING TEETH

STICKY SWEETS & STARCHY FOODS – CAN GET TRAPPED IN BETWEEN YOUR TEETH AND CAUSE UNWANTED BACTERIA FORMATION

SUGARY SOFT DRINKS – SUGAR FORMS BAD BACTERIA IN THE MOUTH AND MOST DRINKS CONTAIN PHOSPHORIC ACID THAT WEAR AWAY TOOTH ENAMEL

HEARTBURN EAT A HEALTHY BALANCED DIET, AVOIDING AGGRAVATIVE FOODS

VEGETABLES, POTATOES, GINGER OATMEAL, BANANAS, PEARS, LEAN MEAT AND EGG WHITES – ALL REDUCE ACID

LOTS OF WATER – FLUSH OUT ACID WASTE PRODUCTS AND TOXINS

ALCOHOL & CAFFEINE – INCREASES ACID THAT RISES TOWARDS THROAT

SMOKING – AGGRAVATES SYMPTOMS

ACIDIC FOODS, PICKLES, OLIVES, FRIED FOODS, ONIONS AND SPICES – AGGRAVATES SYMPTOMS

LARGE MEALS – AGGRAVATES SYMPTOMS

LYING DOWN IMMEDIATELY AFTER CONSUMING FOOD – AGGRAVATES SYMPTOMS

INSOMNIA TRY NOT TO EAT FOR A FEW HOURS BEFORE SLEEPING – FOOD PROVIDES  ENERGY

IF YOU HAVE A NIGHT TIME SNACK – OATS WITH MILK, LOW FAT YOGHURT, AND COTTAGE CHEESE – ALL CONTAIN TRYPTOPHAN THAT PRODUCES SEROTONIN AND MELATONIN (BIOMOLECULES INVOLVED IN THE PRODUCTION OF SLEEP)

COMBINE WITH RYE CRISPBREADS OR VEGETABLES FOR A LIGHT SNACK IF MUST

CAFFIENE, ALCOHOL & DRUGS – SPIKE IN ENERGY AND DISRUPTS SLEEPING PATTERNS

SWEETS, SUGARY DRINKS, CHOCOLATE, REFINED BISCUITS & CAKES – SPIKE IN ENERGY AND DISRUPTS SLEEPING PATTERNS

SMOKING – NICOTINE IS A STIMULANT, DISRUPTING SLEEP

HEAVY MEALS A FEW HOURS BEFORE BED – DISRUPTS SLEEPING PATTERNS

IRRITABLE BOWEL OAT BASED CEREALS, BARLEY, RYE, APPLES, PEARS & VEGETABLES – SOLUBLE FIBRE ATTRACTS WATER, SLOWING DIGESTION

LIVE YOGURT – BALANCE OF HEALTHY BACTERIA IN THE GUT

DRINK LOTS OF WATER – HELP DIGESTION AND ELIMINATE WASTE PRODUCTS

PULSES LIKE BEANS LENTILS & PEAS – ALTHOUGH CONTAIN SOLUBLE FIBRE, THEY ALSO PRODUCE WIND

BRAN – IRRITATES INTESTINE

LARGE MEALS – CAN CAUSE CRAMPING AND DIARRHOEA

KIDNEY PROBLEMS WHOLEGRAIN BREAD, RICE, PASTA – MAGNESIUM MAY HELP TO REDUCE KIDNEY STONE FORMATION

DRINK LOTS OF WATER – FLUSH OUT THE KIDNEYS AND DILUTE SUBSTANCES FOR EXCRETION

ANIMAL PROTEINS SUCH AS FISH, MEAT & DAIRY – PUTS STRAIN ON KIDNEYS

SALT, SUGAR & ALCOHOL – PUTS STRAIN ON KIDNEYS

LUPUS FRESH FRUIT AND VEG – ANTIOXIDANTS TO STRENGTHEN IMMUNE SYSTEM

OIL RICH FISH, SARDINES, SALMON – OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS TO EASE INFLAMMATION

VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS, EGGS, MILK & FORTIFIED CEREALS – VITAMIN D TO AVOID NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES IF NO EXPOSURE TO SUNLIGHT

DRINK LOTS OF WATER – FLUSH OUT THE KIDNEYS AND DILUTE SUBSTANCES FOR EXCRETION

SALT – RAISES BLOOD PRESSURE

SATURATED FAT, REFINED SUGAR & PROCESSED FOODS – OBESITY ISSUES REDUCES IMMUNE SYSTEM FUNCTIONALITY

MENOPAUSE ANY SOYA PRODUCTS WHICH CONTAIN PHYTOESTROGENS – HELP RELIEVE SYMPTOMS

DAIRY PRODUCTS, MILK, CHEESE & EGGS – CALCIUM TO KEEP BONES STRONG BECAUSE BONE MASS DECLINES

TEA & COFFEE – INCREASES THE SPEED OF CALCIUM EXCRETION AND CAN CAUSE INSOMNIA

SALT – REDUCE FLUID RETENTION WHICH MENOPAUSAL WOMEN SOMETIMES SUFFER FROM

RHEUMATOID- ARTHRITIS TROUT, SARDINES, MACKEREL, SALMON & ANCHOVIES – OMEGA-3 TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION

A VEGETARIAN DIET CAN SOMETIMES ALLEVIATE PROBLEMS

TEST FOODS FOR REACTION – MILK, MILK PRODUCTS, CORN & CEREALS CAN AGGRAVATE CONDITION
TEETH

(UNHEALTHY)

FIBRE RICH FRUIT & VEGETABLES – GENERATES SALIVA IN MOUTH THAT REMOVES FOOD PARTICLES

CHEESE, MILK & FAT-FREE NATURAL YOGHURT – CALCIUM AND PHOSPHATES TO KEEP TEETH STRONG AND HEALTHY. CHEESE ALSO GENERATES SALIVA IN MOUTH THAT REMOVES FOOD PARTICLES

GREEN TEA – CONTAINS POLYPHENOLS THAT SLOWS/PREVENTS THE GROWTH OF BACTERIA RESPONSIBLE FOR CAVITIES AND GUM DISEASE

SUGARLESS CHEWING GUM – GENERATES SALIVA IN MOUTH THAT REMOVES FOOD PARTICLES

FLUORIDATED WATER – PROTECTS AGAINST ACID DEMINERALISATION AND CAN REMINERALISE AREAS ALREADY ATTACKED BY ACID

STICKY, SUGARY SNACKS – EXPOSE TEETH TO SUGAR FOR A LONG TIME WHICH FEEDS BACTERIA AND TURNS INTO ACID THAT ATTACKS TOOTH ENAMEL AND CAUSES DECAY

STARCHY FOODS THAT STICK BETWEEN YOUR TEETH – SOFT BREAD AND CRISPS/CHIPS FEEDS BAD BACTERIA WITHIN MOUTH

CARBONATED SOFT DRINKS – SUGAR, PHOSPHORIC ACID AND CITRIC ACIDS ALL WEAR AWAY TOOTH ENAMEL

SMOKING – CAN LEAD TO TOOTH STAINING, GUM DISEASE, TOOTH LOSS AND MOUTH CANCER

ULCERS

(PEPTIC)

LEAN RED MEAT, DARK GREEN VEGETABLES, DRIED APRICOTS – IRON AND VITAMIN C TO FOR WOUND HEALING

EAT A HEALTHY BALANCED DIET & AVOIDING AGGRAVATIVE FOODS

ALCOHOL & CAFFEINE – INCREASE ACID THAT IRRITATES STOMACH LINING

ACIDIC FOODS, PICKLES, OLIVES, FRIED FOODS, ONIONS AND SPICES – AGGRAVATE SYMPTOMS

LARGE MEALS – IRRITATES STOMACH LINING

ULCERS

(MOUTH)

MEAT, OFFAL & DARK GREEN VEGETABLES – IRON, FOLATE AND VITAMIN B12 TO AVOID NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES CRISPS & CRUNCHY FOODS – AGGRAVATE SYMPTOMS

SALT – AGGRAVATE SYMPTOMS

ACIDIC FOODS – AGGRAVATE SYMPTOMS

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