By Timothy T. Seaklon
As the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) continues Dr. Billy C. Johnson, one of Liberia’s foremost medical practitioners has been giving an outline of food specimen that can help boost ones’ Immune system. The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) takes over the DNA and damages the immune system leaving the body without any protection.
Dr. Johnson told journalists yesterday at the regular Ebola News Conference held at the Ministry of Information that as Liberians continue to fight the deadly virus, it is prudent that they eat food that will help boost their immune system and strengthen their body tissues.
Dr. Johnson said people should eat more foods high in soluble fiber from oats, oat bran, barley, beans (kidney beans, black beans, and chickpeas); apples, strawberries, orange; and vegetables like okra, broccoli, Brussels sprout, carrots, quinoa, green beans and cactus.
He stressed that people eating more foods containing soluble fiber can help to control their blood sugar, insulin and cholesterol levels, including boosting their energy and help the body fight cancer.
Insoluble fiber (does not dissolve in water) —from whole grains, quinoa, oat bran, fruits, beans, vegetables and nuts.
Dr. Johnson stressed that insoluble fiber keeps one feel full and regular. He noted that not eating enough insoluble fiber can cause constipation and indigestive problems, such as headache, bloating, heartburn, sluggish, nausea, and weight gain, because of toxic digested wastes clogging ones’ colon.
He said one should incorporate more fiber into their daily meals by choosing fiber-rich foods, instead of fiber supplements.
“This is because fiber-rich foods contain other nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and protein that are missing in supplements. You should aim for about 7-10 grams of fiber per meal of which 2-4 grams is soluble fiber. Example of foods high in soluble fiber and insoluble fiber are listed below. Prepare meals around these foods, and you will be consuming enough fiber,” he said.
Turning to Liberian dishes, Dr. Johnson recommended that people should eat potato greens, palm butter, palaver Sauce, okra and cabbage as dishes that can better ones’ defensive system.
Dr. Johnson said all fruits, pine apple juice, Butter pear (but not eating the whole on the spot), green plantain lettuce among others can be very helpful.
The Liberian Medical practitioner however frowned on the regular consumption of local diet such as fufu, saying” Dumboy is better than fufu because it slows down one’s blood pressure as it takes time to digest.
Other food supplements which the doctor highlighted as being more protective at this time of the fight against Ebola include spices especially garlic, rosemary, ginger, turmeric, basil, sage, thyme, oregano, curry spice, red chili pepper and paprika.
Dr. Johnson stressed that these spices support hormone metabolism and excretion of toxins because of their proteolyticaction and antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
The medical Doctor also advised that people drink lots of water with fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in place of sodas, sugary juices and high energy sports drinks. “Drink 12 to 16 glass of water with lemon juice or apple vinegar first thing in the morning to flush out toxins triggering free radicals. Also drink green tea daily as this facilitates regularity,” Dr. Johnson said.
Dr. Johnson also recommends the drinking of low-sodium vegetable juices like tomato juice and V 8 as they provide antioxidants, fiber and help curb craving between meals.
Dr. Johnson also recommended that people should eat walnuts and add ground flaxseed for essential fat, lignans, selenium, zinc, vitamin E, dietary fiber and phytosterols. However, he cautioned that one control portion eating roughly about one to two table spoon adding to low-fat, low sugar yogurt, cottage cheese, salads or fruit snacks. See Full Text of D. Johnson’s deliberation inside.