- Posted July 8, 2014 by
Diet influences STDs
Dietary practices effective against sexually transmitted diseases
Proper nutrition is important to keep the body functioning and maintaining a normal weight. If a disease should develop proper nutrition can help minimize the effects. When it comes to nutrition proper dietary practices are an effective treatment against STDs such as HIV, herpes and chlamydia.
Genital human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). HPV is passed on through genital contact, most often during vaginal and anal sex. HPV may also be passed on during oral sex and genital-to-genital contact.
HPV tends to clear on its own within two years’ time but in order for this to happen it is vital to maintain a healthy and strong immune system in order to support the body’s eradication of the disease. Vitamin C and A which is made in the body from beta-carotene and found in papaya is needed for the proper function of health y immune system.
According to a study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases which was the first study to examine the link between dietary consumption of selected nutrients and foods and persistence of type-specific HPV infection, had found consumption of papaya, a major source of dietary carotenoids, was associated with decreased risk of persistent infection.
The antioxidants beta-cryptoxanthin found in foods such as oranges, mangos and red bell peppers along with lutein/zeaxanthin found in foods like green leafy vegetables and carrots had shown that women with the highest intake of these antioxidants had the lowest recurrence rates. More information on diet and nutrition for genital human papillomavirus and be found on nutritional and hpv dating sites like http://www.positivesingles.com/
HIV and nutrition are closely associated. HIV can result in malnutrition but an improper diet can spread the infection. Studies have shown that people with HIV who consume a healthy diet and have a good nutritional status show better drug tolerance, gain muscle mass easily and have a feeling of good overall health. Good nutrition is an important part of HIV care. Carbohydrates are mainly needed for energy. Simple carbohydrates like sugar and white starchy foods are easy to digest and provide you a fast source of energy. Complex carbohydrates such as whole grains vegetables and fruit provide your body with more fiber, vitamins and minerals. Higher protein levels are need for those with HIV to to maintain lean body mass and provide building blocks for the immune system.
Keeping your immune system strong can help keep herpes away. Omega 3 fatty acids prevents the virus infiltrating and seeping using the walls from the cells which makes it impossible for your virus to achieve the particular nucleus. The amino acid lysine hampers the herpes virus growth. Add foods high in lysine in your diet through foods such as pork, ground beef, eggs and peanuts.
Chlamydia is a common STD that can infect both men and women. Treatment for chlamydia includes antibiotic therapy. Following a healthy diet can detoxify the body, boost the immune system and ward off infection. Ideally, up to 80 per cent of the chlamydia diet should comprise of alkaline forming and fiber dense foods such as whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. Fruits and vegetables that contain phytonutrients such as blueberries, apples and broccoli, not only will boost your immune system but will help fight the infection. Probiotics found in yogurt, dark chocolate and miso soup will help replace the body’s good bacteria that are hampered by taking antibiotics.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of any of a woman's pelvic organs, including the uterus, ovaries, or fallopian tubes, or the peritoneum (the membrane covering the abdominal cavity). Over one million American women are diagnosed with PID annually that is usually the results of a std such as chlamydia or gonorrhea.
Your diet should include calcium rich foods such as bean, almonds, spinach and kale. Consuming an adequate amount of antioxidant foods such as cherries, tomatoes and squash helps reduce free radical tissue damage from PID. Omega 3 fatty acids are an effective anti-inflammatory and may help to improve tissue integrity and gradually reduce the inflammatory activity in the infected tissue of women with PID. Foods high in high beta-carotene can strengthen cervical cells that may prevent infection. Choose foods such as carrots and mangos.
Changes to your dietary lifestyle may not cure the std but can help to manage the disease. Information can diet and stds can be found on nutrition sites, health department, the CDC and std dating sites, like http://www.positivesingles.com/ the number one site for dating and support.