USING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AS MODERN MEDICINE: WHAT TO EAT WHEN YOU'RE SICK
We are exposed to bacteria, viruses and a host of other pathogens in the air by contact with surfaces and exposure to other people. While antibiotics are great at killing bacterial infections, what can you do about the other nasties?
The common cold is caused by over 200 viruses present all around us. One of our best preventative measures is keeping our immune system strong. Lemons and limes contain abundant anti-oxidants, vitamins and compounds to support the liver and immunity. Be careful taking them straight as they contain citric acid which erodes your pearly white tooth enamel, and once it’s gone, it’s gone. Better to have citrus in combination with other ingredients or follow with a water chaser. Raw foods contain natural antibiotics, antioxidants and essential oils, and help increase the oxygen content of cells.
Garlic and ginger are two remarkable anti-microbials which also reduce inflammation. Roman armies reputedly used garlic to ward off coughs and colds, and as an antiseptic to treat wounds. Ginger helps break down the structure of biofilms which protect many pathogens from antibiotics and immune cell attack. It’s been discovered that ginger works best in combination with other plant chemicals. The University of Nottingham has resurrected an ancient salve containing garlic and onions which successfully kills antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. An amazing feat.
Modern medicine is coming full circle by researching and embodying the natural medicine of past centuries. Keep hydrated with veggie juices daily to not only ward off viruses, but other lurking nasties as well.