Molluscum Contagiosum, a highly contagious skin condition makes its way into our bodies through fomites, shared towels with an infected individual, shared benches, clothes, food, water and even shaking hands puts us at risk for obtaining this disease.
What To Eat And Avoid While Suffering From Molluscum Contagiosum?
Being a part of the poxvirus family, the virus causing disease works solely on a genetic DNA based level. Due to this reason, its incubation period can last up to 2-7 weeks before the onset of symptoms.
Scary? Isn’t it? Knowing we could have been exposed to it maybe once or twice in the past week or so and have had taken no known precautionary measures for it.
However, with a good organic diet and a little flexibility, we can always have our body full of nutrients, which have the ability to work its way into the molecular basis of inhibiting the replication steps.
Cocoa powder, that is Dark chocolate, Grapes, Peanuts, Strawberries, Blackberries, Pistachios, Cranberries, and Red Wine all have one useful component in common, Resveratrol. This compound is a known natural anti-virus. Here is why; it works its way to the cytoplasm and inhibits one of the first few steps of viral replication. It puts rapid DNA, spindle and granular replication at a halt and does not allow the outbreak of pustules at the basal layer of the epidermis.
Due, to the condition’s self limiting ability, adding the anti-viral having anti-oxidant properties, reduces chemotactic effects of the pestilence, decreasing the number of neutrophils, macrophages and lymphocytes, tapering down the redness of the nodules and speeding up the self resolving benefit without using any vigorous treatment.
Other anti-oxidants for molluscum contagiosum include, Oranges, Bananas, Salmon, Lemons and Honey (honey has strong anti-biotic properties as well). Mixing these into your daily food rituals along with Resveratrol containing foods aid in the process of quick healing and inactivation of the virus.
Nevertheless, consuming saturated fats in bulk amounts could aggravate the condition. Foods high in such fats contain an unhealthy amount of LDL and less consignment of HDL, meaning there are Triglycerides circulating, depositing and accumulating adipose tissues through out the body. According to a research published by PLOS pathogens, adipose tissue is a neglected viral reservoir and an inflammatory site for chronic inflammation especially in people suffering from AIDS or HIV.
Unfortunately, if the convalescent develops molluscum contagiosum while suffering with AIDS, HIV or obesity, they will not be able to avail the benefit of the self-resolving factor. It will be hard for them to be treated, as the medication will have a delayed effect. It will further make them prone to more heart and bone mineral density problems.
Naturally, foods with high saturated fat levels also have a surge of sodium and carbohydrate levels. This leads to sodium and carbohydrate retention in the muscles, making them weak and prone to inflammation. Myositis flares up the number of neutrophils, monocytes and leukocytes, flaring up an outbreak of redness and nodules at the basal layer of the epidermis.(1)
Thus, in conclusion, avoiding red meat, deep fried nuggets, French fries, your favorite meal from McDonalds would probably be left for the best until the healing process for molluscum contagiosum is completed, otherwise, the inhibiting factors for replication might not receive enough concentration of anti-viral and anti-oxidant properties and flare up the condition. Try to replace your saturated fats for healthy fats, containing, omega 3,6 or 9 they do not aid in the retention and circulation of adipose tissues and give you your desired amount of fats required on a daily basis. Instead of red meat devour some fish. Substitute your deep fried French fries with baked sweet potato fries.
Buy some Avocados and use it with some Greek yogurt mixed with Strawberries and Blueberries as breakfast. Take a step towards buying your organic ingredients and find new and fun ways to cook them instead of running towards a quick fix. Quick fixes might seem easy and preferable but it never works out in the longer run.
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