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Turn off the Shingles Virus

By October 18, 2014November 2nd, 2019Uncategorized

Turn off the Shingles Virus

Turn off the Shingles Virus

I recently gave a presentation to a large group of people and one woman in particular was frustrated that I thought supplements were needed on this diet if it was in fact a “perfect” diet. I explained how if she likes fermented veggies like Kim Chi, that she can get a lot of probiotics that way, but most people do not eat fermented veggies so I show the importance of supplementing with a few vitamins and minerals that help keep the immune system strong.

70% of our immune system comes from our gut.

Keeping the gut healthy with good gut bacteria is defense #1! After this discussion, I asked the group to raise their hand if they get the flu shot and sure enough, she raised her hand. Interesting…

To keep your immune system healthy, you must give your gut some tender-loving care! My family makes sure to get extra bifido bacteria (from food and/or supplements), vitamin D (in the fall and winter months), extra vitamin C from herbs and spices, zinc (from healthy sources) as well as eating a keto-adapted diet, which ensures uptake of vitamin C doesn’t get blocked by sugar.

Complex carbohydrates are just glucose molecules hooked together in a long chain. The digestive track breaks it down into glucose (sugar). Sugar depresses the immune system. Vitamin C is needed by white blood cells so that they could phagocytize viruses and bacteria. White blood cells require a 50 times higher concentration inside the cell as outside so they have to accumulate vitamin C.There is something called a “phagocytic index” which tells you how rapidly a particular lymphocyte can gobble up a virus, bacteria, or cancer cell.

In 1970, Linus Pauling, discovered that white blood cells need a high dose of vitamin C and that is when he came up with his theory that you need high doses of vitamin C to combat the common cold.We know that glucose and vitamin C have similar chemical structures, so what happens when the sugar levels go up? They compete for one another when entering the cells. And the thing that mediates the entry of glucose into the cells is the same thing that mediates the entry of vitamin C into the cells. If there is more glucose around, there is going to be less vitamin C allowed into the cell. It doesn’t take much: a blood sugar value of 120 reduces the phagocytic index by 75%.

So when you eat sugar, think of your immune system slowing down to a crawl. Simple sugars aggravate asthma, cause mood swings, magnify personality changes, muster mental illness, fuel nervous disorders, increase diabetes and heart disease, grow gallstones, accelerate hypertension, and magnify arthritis. Since sugar lacks minerals and vitamins, they draw upon the body’s micro-nutrient stores in order to be metabolized into the system.



Top 5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

1. Add in Lauraciden. It comes from coconut and it helps fight off ALL infections and is even safe for children! Click HERE to find.  It is theBEST natural remedy instead of antibiotics! It even clears up UTIs and yeast infections!

2. Increase vitamin C with a keto-adapted diet and lots of herbs: Eating a well-formulated keto-adapted diet helps keep your vitamin C levels high and in return, enhances your immune system.

3. Optimize Zinc levels: Another one that many people are deficient in is zinc. Zinc is essential for keeping a healthy immune system, building proteins, triggering enzymes, and creating DNA. Zinc also helps the cells in your body communicate by functioning as a neurotransmitter. A deficiency in zinc can lead to stunted growth, diarrhea, impotence, hair loss, eye and skin lesions, impaired appetite, and depressed immunity. Zinc is critical in wound healing. It’s also important to have zinc to help build the stomach acid you need in order to pull the minerals from your food to begin with. A healthy thyroid produces stomach acid. If you are deficient in hydrochloric acid you can’t absorb the nutrients for bone health and thyroid function. You could be taking a “magic pill” and if you don’t have enough hydrochloric acid, you wouldn’t benefit from the “magic”. So focusing on your digestion is step one.

Correcting a zinc deficiency can go a long way toward helping the frustrated dieter control impulses to eat something sweet, something fatty, or something devoid of nutrition in an attempt to satisfy an inner compulsion.

You lose zinc as you sweat and through excess urination. So in the beginning of a keto-adapted diet, you will be low in zinc. The average American consumes less than 10 mg of zinc per day, far less than what is required for normal sugar metabolism or the other functions of zinc in the body. A zinc deficiency is a huge issue with PMS and salty cravings, or craving a bite of sweetness after each meal.

Our modern day soil is low in zinc, so the best source of zinc is animal products. Oysters, seafood and organic red meat are your best choices for zinc. So if you are a vegetarian, I suggest adding in a supplement. Certain prescriptions, including birth control, deplete zinc in our body. A zinc deficiency can cause birth defects such as cleft palates.

Click HERE to find the zinc I love because it is attached to an amino acid for quality absorption. I use to do a zinc test in my nutrition classes to see if the participants were deficient in zinc and on average 39 out of the 50 participants were! This bottle gives directions on how to test your zinc level too. I suggest 30-50mg at breakfast…please note that as you increase zinc, it can cause nausea so slowly increase. Start with 15mg a day for a week, and then double it the next week. Increase again until you are at 50mg a day.

4. Increase good gut bacteria: The first 2 years of life are crucial for our long-term immune responses. Bacterial colonization patterns set up in the first years and continue to grow throughout our lifetime. The medications and foods that we give our kids totally affect this delicate balance.

Acne would also be an indication of low good bacteria. Having a bought of diarrhea, taking an antibiotic, eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates as well as stress can all deplete a healthy intestinal flora. If a child has been on an antibiotic, it is extremely important to replenish the beneficial bacteria lost by taking a quality probiotics supplement.

A healthy body has 2 POUNDS of good gut bacteria in the large intestine where the typical American has almost none! Could this be why there is so much depression, obesity, sleep issues going on? Serotonin comes from our gut! Low gut bacteria causes low moods, intense cravings, poor sleep and even weight gain. Did you ever wonder why the Asians can eat so much rice without gaining weight? They eat fermented veggies and foods before meals which are filled with good gut bacteria (click HERE for source).  I think this is a supplement everyone should take. Click HERE for adults and use code Maria5 for 5% off and click HERE to find the one my kids take.

5. Enhancing vitamin D levels to 70-90 ng/ml (which is obtained by less than 5% of Americans!).  In an article called, “Vitamin D Proven More Effective Than Both Anti-Viral Drugs and Vaccines at Preventing the Flu,” studies show that Vitamin D is not only healthy for many other reasons, but it also is more effective than getting an expensive and toxic flu shot. I found it interesting how they link the flu to winter months because that is when the majority of people are deficient in vitamin D (since vitamin D comes naturally from the sun). “Vitamin D acts as an immune system modulator, preventing excessive production of inflammatory cytokines and increasing macrophage (a type of white cell) activity. Vitamin D also stimulates the production of potent anti-microbial peptides in other white blood cells and in epithelial cells lining the respiratory tract, protecting the lungs from infection.”

NOTE: Even my boys who were living on the Equator for the first years of their life and never had sunscreen on, had vitamin D levels LOWER than 30 ng/ml when we first brought them home.

Click HERE to find ways to increase your immune system.

Testimony of the Day

“Hi Maria! I wanted to tell you how you have helped me too! My weight started to fluctuate in my early 20’s, but the last straw was when I came down with shingles. I knew, at 28, that something bad was going on in my body. My doctor told me not to worry, and shingles were completely normal in a 28-year-old woman. 

I am ever so grateful to have met Maria!  I have never enjoyed such a wide array of foods in my entire life! Eating is now fun again! My stomach issues have completely disappeared but what’s more astonishing are the other changes: my clearer thinking, my muscle definition, my energy levels, my skin, my moods. The list goes on and on. 

I am forever indebted to Maria…for opening my horizons to the ketogenic diet and freeing me from a life of boring salads!” Kristen

To get the results like Kristen, click here to get started. A year from now you will thank yourself!

Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • momof8 says:

    Maria – When I look in your Amazon store I see the EPA/DHA supplement. Is that still recommended? I thought that was a fish source?

    • cemmerich says:

      I have pulled them off my supplement plans but haven’t gotten them all off my astore yet. Will be working on that this week. 😉

  • angela says:

    My poor infant has gotten several chronic sinus infections which always require antibiotics. I give her a mix of 2 different powdered probiotics daily plus plain yogurt. I’m never sure even if that is enough though. Also, when taking probiotics, what is the general rule of thumb for when to take them while on antibiotics? If you take them too close together, will it cause the antibiotic not to work as well or will the antibiotic kill the probiotic supplement? Is it possible to take too much probiotic supplements?

    • cemmerich says:

      Not sure about the interaction of the two. That might be a question for the doctor about the antibiotic. As for probiotic, if you give too much he will just get diarrhea. Hope your child is doing better soon!

  • jacqueline says:

    howdy maria! thank you for the zinc info! a question, though- the zinc bottle/brand you recommend has a daily dosage of 8mg zinc, and the bottle contains 24 servings of 8mg each. however, if we’re looking to take 50mg daily, then this bottle would only last a single person 4 days – is this correct or am i missing something in my math?

    • cemmerich says:

      If you went to the full 50mg, yes that would be the case. That is a therapeutic dose and you shouldn’t have to be at that level for too long (depending on your symptoms and how they improve). You can back down then to 30mg or 20mg. 🙂

      • Janet t says:

        hi maria, thanks for the info. I read about the liquid zinc at your store and that the test is that when you can taste the zinc you have sufficient zinc. so does this mean that when taking the liquid when we start tasting it we can back down on the dose a little at a time and that would possibly result in the 8mg dose?

  • Kristin says:

    My employer is requiring all employees get the flu shot as a condition of our employment. Several of us do not want to inject toxins into our bodies.

  • It’s time to start taking those vitamin d pills again! Should I take them always and only with vitamin k2?

  • Roye says:

    I’ve just discovered that I really like KimChi and thought woohoo something I like that is good for me, then I started reading online that KimChi increases your risk of Breast Cancer (I am a survivor) and Stomach cancer :(. What are your thoughts?

    • cemmerich says:

      My take on it is that you shouldn’t only eat fermented foods like kimchi (that is where the problem comes in). Se in moderation it is fine. 🙂

      • Roye says:

        Thank you Maria, do people really only eat fermented foods? And what do you consider moderation? Once a day, once a week, once a month? Seriously I don’t know when I could/should eat it.

        Thanks so much.

        • cemmerich says:

          The study was from areas of china where that was their primary diet and they had increased levels of cancer. 🙂

          • Roye says:

            Thank you so much for replying I can only imagine how busy you are and to take the time to read and reply to the comment section is very admirable and appreciated.

  • dawn says:

    Unrelated question Maria. My family of four has been doing a keto diet since 8/10. We are all experiencing absolutely zero hunger. Seems like a good thing yes? How on earth do you get the macro/calorie content if you can’t work up any appetite whatsoever? Just override it? We’re fine w/IF but even one meal a day seems like it keeps us TOTALLY SATIATED. Weird problem to have????

    • cemmerich says:

      Our family has the same thing. Mostly we just listen to our bodies. If we are not hungry at all, do a fast. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I didn’t eat breakfast. 🙂

  • dawn says:

    Thanks Craig for the response! Just bought four of Maria’s books. Still exploring them.

  • Michelle says:

    I had a question about your thoughts on Shakeology? There is a lot of chatting about it in my small town and I was wondering your opinion on it. Thank you in advance.

    • cemmerich says:

      I am not a fan. Some ingredients I don’t approve and too much sugar for me. Also, I always prefer to chew my calories as it registers leptin better. 🙂

  • Michelle says:

    Great thank you. That’s how I felt about Shakeology. I had some people/ friends tell me I should do it too. I’m not actually trying to lose wait just trying eat health and keep the weight I am.

  • Carole says:

    Can men and kids take the k2 with the vitamin D3? Thank you!

  • Carole says:

    Can men and kids take the K2 supplement with vitamin D3? Thank you!

  • dennis says:

    Hi Maria

    can never say this enough. thank youfor all your brilliant work and inspiring recipes. a bit off the topic at hand, but is pectin something to be avoided?

  • Darlene says:

    I have been confused for a while now. For the past 2+ years, my husband and I have been eating low carb/no grains or added sugar and recently no dairy, and thought we were really doing something great. Now it seems so many of you have stepped it up and joined the keto diet, and I don’t understand why this happened. Maria, does this mean you are no longer posting your former “healthified” recipes? Was there an announcement at some point that I missed?

    We don’t even know anyone who is willing to eat the way we do now, much less eat keto! I am just amazed at so many followers! Maria, I can’t believe you needed to lose weight; you are sooo slim in your photos, and they say photos add a few pounds. Do your children eat this way also?

    I guess I am saying we now feel left out. I am very happy with Maria’s previous cookbooks and blog recipes and really don’t know if we at age 50-something could start eating keto. I would be interested in anyone’s feedback! 🙂

    • cemmerich says:

      It is really just a different name for what I have talked about all along. There are some tweaks over the years that I have found help most clients lose weight faster (no dairy, no nuts) but the macros are still what I have always discussed (70-80% fat, 15-20% protein and 5% or less carbs). I still am posting healthified recipes. I haven’t posted as many in the last month or two because I am hard at work on completing my first cookbook with a publisher. More recipes will come once I have finished that. 🙂

    • cemmerich says:

      Also, I don’t do keto to lose weight. I do keto for maintenance. I do it for the wide range of short term and long term health benefits.

  • Donna Zenner says:

    Maria, When I click on your “HERE” for Ultra Flora, the picture you show is for Ultra Flora Balance but on amazon where we order when I click on “HERE” brings up Ultra Flora Plus DF-60. Are these two different products? I would assume so.. and if so, which one do you suggest? Thank you.

  • Joni says:

    What is your thought on Omnitrition? What about the drops?

  • Wenchypoo says:

    Speaking of deficiencies, I’m finding my husband seems to have an enormous vitamin K-1 deficiency, because of the sheer quantity of dark, leafy greens he has to consume just to keep his blood sugar below 100. We already do chromium, vanadium, D-3, and K-2, but the greatest, longest-lasting BG drop is from the greens. I’ve added a K-1 supplement so he no longer has to eat a gardenful of greens every day, and it seems to be working.

    Last night, dinner was 2 cereal bowls full of green salad, and a pork chop (we’re also fighting gluconeogenesis). He rose 3 points at 1 hr. post-prandial, and then dropped 6 points at 2 hr. post-prandial, so now we get to fine-tune his chromium and vanadium, along with the K-1.

    What’s an upper limit for K1? I have not been able to find this out.

  • Wenchypoo says:

    Speaking of shingles, both my husband and I have had the chicken pox TWICE–this isn’t supposed to happen, but it did to us as kids (in the 60’s–no vaccine back then). Our doctor advised us to get this shot when we reach 60, but since we’re already doing what you recommend, plus taking 500 mg. of Lysine, is the shot still necessary?

  • Jacqui says:

    Maria, I can’t stand the taste of kimchee but would like to try my hand at improving my gut bacteria without taking any pills. I do love sauerkraut and Kombucha, and I hear that these both are very beneficial to gut bacteria. Do you think that these would be as beneficial as kimchee?

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