Pneumonia is a common affliction of the lungs that can become serious, or even deadly. What most people don't know about pneumonia though, is that it's a symptom, not a disease, and it happens mostly to people who eat high protein diets.
What, you say? Pneumonia is diet related? Shut. The. Front. Door.
Let me preface the following information by telling you this one simple truth: all disease begins with a weakened body, pneumonia included. What causes a weakened body, you ask? A combination of two things; the lifestyle choices you make and your diet. End of story.
Now, I've been known to eat grass-fed and pastured raised animal protein occasionally, so I'm not getting on a soap box here .... but it's important to understand the significance of how a diet that burdens the body causes every disease, not just pneumonia.
Mucus causing animal protein and dairy can lay the foundation for illness.
Pneumonia usually appears suddenly although it is often preceded by a cold or bronchitis, which incidentally, are brought on by an acidic diet. Symptoms include severe chills followed by a sudden rise in body temperature. There are chest pains, a severe cough and sometimes blood-streaked mucus. Sputum can become orange-yellow, even prune juice colored. There's rapid heart action and yes, near collapse is possible.
Pneumonia can also be caused by the flu or following a medical procedure, however, in most cases, those following the Standard American Diet have already laid the the groundwork for the development of disease.
How a body processes a bad diet leads to all disease, not just pneumonia.
Eggs, dairy, beans and cereals, or other high protein foods eaten in large quantities, coupled with the daily stresses of life, impedes and often weakens the digestive process. When digestion is chronically weakened, and becomes enervated and toxemic from acidosis, disease develops.
To illustrate, fully digesting a high protein meal, like a steak dinner for example, can often take days, where eating high amounts of fruits and vegetables can take hours of digestion time, if not that. A diet that takes days to digest will certainly cause a high amount of stress to the digestive organs and the body in general, since digestion is the body's largest use of energy. It's also the reason you feel tired after eating a large meal.
There's also a strong lack of nourishment involved in eating a poor diet. Many high protein and processed food diets are low in nourishment compared with a diet high in fruits and vegetables. This will leave you deficient, which also leads to disease
All disease can be prevented by making diet and lifestyle changes.
Generally, if you do contract pneumonia, it's important to take a good look at the diet and lifestyle choices that have lead up to the onset of disease: Ask yourself the following questions.
- Have I been eating too high in protein?
- Have I been overeating?
- Am I overworked?
- Am I stressed?
- Have I been getting adequate sleep?
- Have I been eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables?
Although the medical profession freely admits it has never had a cure for pneumonia, this has not prevented the majority of pneumonia sufferers from recovering on their own. This is because pneumonia in itself is a curative process. The high death rate is often attributed to the treatment, not the disease.
Once you have determined what lifestyle factors have lead to pneumonia you can often take the necessary, but opposite, steps to heal it.
- Rest is of the utmost importance during illness and the most necessary to facilitate the process of healing.
- Quiet helps a body to be restful and begin it's healing work. A quiet room with little distractions helps a body focus on healing and get the rest it needs.
- Fasting is essential during disease. Not eating rests the digestive organs, slowing physiological activity so the body can begin its elimination and healing processes. This is often why liquids, such as water, fresh juices and nourishing broths are highly recommended during this time.
- A sunny room speeds healing. Scientific research has shown that patients in rooms that face the sun heal faster than those in rooms that do not.
- Open a window for fresh air during the day and night, provided you don't live in a polluted area. Use a blanket to provide warmth. Both are necessary to attain a flow of proper ventilation and adequate rest.
The fact that so many people heal from pneumonia, even with medications, is a testament to the body's self-curing ability. Under intelligent care, proper diet and mindful lifestyle choices, pneumonia can be healed and health can be restored. Seeking holistic nutritional guidance can be the first step in avoiding not only pneumonia, but all disease.