Caffeine is a diuretic that contributes to the body’s loss of important nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
Caffeine places stress on the adrenal glands (already stressed out from our hectic lifestyles) and adversely affects the nervous system, resulting in anxiety, hyperactivity, and insomnia.
Healing occurs when the body is relaxed and its energy can be channelled inward. Regular consumption of caffeine deprives the body of this relaxed state. The acid in coffee eats away the villi of the small intestine, reducing their effectiveness in supporting nutrient assimilation.
Thus, the acids in coffee may cause as much problem as the caffeine. Try milder forms of caffeine such as green tea, or try the various caffeine-free coffee substitutes. Mix them with your coffee to gradually reduce your caffeine.
Eat as many vegetables as you can. These are really the immune-boosting heavyweights.
They are the best source of the vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that are known to protect the body against many diseases, including cancer.
Especially try to have dark leafy greens, such as kale and collard greens. Include as many of the yellow and orange vegetables as possible for beta-carotene, an important anti-oxidant.
Carrots, winter squash, and sweet potatoes are also great for satisfying the sweet tooth in a healthy way.
If you are prone to diarrhoea, which is common among those with HIV, avoid raw vegetables (and fruit). Lightly steam or sauté them instead.