Opportunities Today :- July 2004 Issue

Fight Infection Through Food


Here are some of the important foods that serve as antibiotics and fight infections:

The cabbage is one of the most high-rated leafy vegetables and a marvelous food. It is an antibiotic food and it possesses anti-bacterial powers. It can destroy a variety of bacteria in test tubes, including H. Pylori bacteria, which is now considered as a cause of stomach ulcers. Liberal intake of the fresh juice of cabbage has thus been found very valuable in both gastric and duodenal ulcers. About 180 ml of this juice should be taken, mixed with a teaspoon of honey, twice daily in treating these conditions. This juice can also be used beneficially in treating some other infectious diseases like obstructive jaundice and bladder infection.

The carrot, a popular vegetable, is a highly protective food. It is rich in antioxidant beta-carotene and other food ingredients. This vegetable is one of the most important infection-fighting foods. It is especially valuable in the form of juice, which is a natural solvent for ulcerous and cancerous conditions. It is a resistant to infections and does most efficient work in conjunction with the adrenal glands. This juice helps to prevent infections of eyes, throat, tonsils and sinuses as well as of the respiratory organs generally.

The coconut, is a near perfect diet, as it contains almost all the essential nutrients needed by the human body. The water of the tender green coconut, generally known as mineral water, is an antibacterial food. This water is especially valuable in cholera infection. About 250 to 375 ml. of this water, mixed with a teaspoon of fresh limejuice, should be given orally to the patient. It rectifies the electrolyte balance and neutralises the acidosis of the blood. Coconut is also an ancient remedy for expelling all kind of intenstinal worms. A tablespoon of the freshly ground coconut should be taken at breakfast followed by 30 to 60 ml of castor oil mixed with 250 to 375 ml of luke warm milk after three hours. The process may be repeated till the cure is complete.

An ancient wonder food, curd or yogurt is strongly antibacterial. During the process of making curd, bacteria convert milk into curd, and predigest milk protein. These bacteria then inhibit the growth of hostile or illness-causing bacteria inside the intestinal tract and promote beneficial bacteria needed for digestion. Buttermilk, which has same nutritive and curative values as curd, is prepared by churning curd and adding some water, removing the fat in the form of butter. The germs, which give rise to infection and inflammation such as those, that cause appendicitis, diarrhoea and dysentery, cannot thrive in the presence of lactic acid found in curds.

The garlic, a garden vegetable of the onion family, has been cultivated from time immemorial. It is one of nature's strongest, antibacterial foods. Tests show that garlic kills or cripples at least 72 infections like diarrhoea, dysentery, tuberculosis, encephalitis etc spread by bacteria. According to Dr. Tariq Abdullah, a prominent Indian garlic researcher from the Akbar clinic and Research center in Panama city, Florida, “Garlic has the broadest spectrum of any anti-microbial substance that we know of its antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-protozoan, antiviral. “Researchers have even found raw garlic extract in rats were more effective than the common antibiotic tetracycline.

Garlic works as an antibiotic in various forms. Raw garlic taken orally kills infectious bacteria in the intestines directly. Crushed garlic in water as a douche or a clove of garlic inserted in vagina kills infectious organisms in the vagina tract. Garlic nose drops directly kill the viruses, which cause cold or influenza. Bacteria and viruses in the lungs and bronchial tract can be killed by Garlic's sulphur compounds, absorbed either through food, or inhalation or poultices, and then excreted through the lungs.

Ginger is a root vegetable and a spice. It is an antibiotic and helps fight infection. It has been used for centuries to treat many infectious diseases like cholera, diarrhoea and chest congestion. Its use has been found especially effective in whooping cough. A teaspoon of the fresh ginger juice, mixed with a cup of fenugreek decoction and honey to taste, acts as an expectorant and diaplioretic in this disease.

Honey contains strong antibiotic property. It is very beneficial in case of many infections. For throat infection, gargling with honey water relieves inflammation. This gargle is also an excellent remedy for hoarseness brought about by local infection of the throat. Honey is best medicine for oral ulceration and sore tongue, resulting from fungal or bacterial infection due to poor oral hygiene. For immediate relief from this condition, 20 grams of borax should be ground to fine powder and mixed thoroughly with 150 grams of honey and 10 grams of glycerin. This mixture should be applied locally over the ulcers two or three times daily.

The lemon, an important fruit of citrus group, is an antibacterial food. For throat infection, a ripe unpeeled lemon should be roasted slowly until it begins to crack open. One teaspoon of the juice with a little honey should be taken once every hour. In the alternative, the same juice of the roasted lemon should be mixed in a glass of boiled water and taken flavoured with honey. Lemon contains wonderful anti-cholera property. Lemon juice can kill cholera bacilli within a very short time. It is also a very effective and reliable preventive against cholera during the epidemic. For this purpose, it can be taken in the form of sweetened or salted beverages. Taking of lemon with food as a daily routine also prevents cholera.

Onion is an exceptionally strong antibiotic and antiseptic food. It was used to treat infections in wounded Russian soldiers during World War II. Latest researches have confirmed the bactericidal properties of onion. According to these findings, if a person consumes one raw onion every day by thorough mastication, he will be protected from a host of tooth disorders. The Russian Doctor B.P. Tohkin, who has contributed to this research, has expressed the opinion that chewing raw onion for three minutes is sufficient to kill all the germs in the mouth. Placing a small piece of onion on the bad tooth or gum of ten allays toothache caused by infection. The juice extracted from an onion can be used beneficially in the treatment of pus information in the ear caused by middle-ear infection. It should be slightly warmed and put into the ear two or three times daily in treating this condition.

The pineapple is one of the best fruits of the tropics. This fruit and its main constituent bromelain both possess antibacterial activity. It is thus beneficial in the infectious diseases like throat infection, diphtheria and tuberculosis a soothing effect on the throat. In diphtheria, it is used as a mouthwash for removing the dead membranes from the throat. Pineapple juice has proved valuable in tuberculosis. It is found to be effective in dissolving mucus and aiding recovery. One glass of pineapple juice should be taken daily in treating this condition.

Turmeric is a common flavouring spice of daily use. It contains antiseptic property and is an effective remedy for cold, rhinitis and throat infection. Half a teaspoon of fresh turmeric powder, mixed in 30 ml. of warm milk, is a useful prescription for treating these conditions. In case of a running cold, smoke from the burning turmeric should be inhaled. It will increase the discharge from the nose and bring relief. The paste of fresh turmeric can be applied with beneficial results over skin to cure ringworm, scabies and indolent ulcers. The juice or raw turmeric can also be applied beneficially to the parts of the skin affected by ringworm. Simultaneously, one teaspoon of turmeric juice, mixed with an equal quantity of honey, should be taken orally.

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