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Strengthen Your Immune System By Removing Problem Foods
Strong Immune Systems Prevent Disease
There are lots of studies about preventing disease, lots of research about how to stay healthy. Recently the American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) published an article about our best protection against disease: the immune system.
This got me thinking. It’s obvious enough right? When you get a cold, people say to take herbs and vitamins that boost the immune system. When you are trying to stay healthy during flu-season, you keep strengthening the immune system. So, I’m wondering, aside from herbs and vitamins, how many people know how to truly have a healthy immune system.
The Immune System Is....
It starts with knowing where the immune system is: most of it is in the gut. This means the health of your digestive system is probably the most important factor in having a strong immune system.
Next, we want to know how does the gut work and why would it compromise our immune systems? The gut takes food, breaks it down into small particles, and allows it to leave in the bloodstream to deliver nutrients to the cells. The gut also finds toxins and destroys them; these toxins are introduced into our gut approximately every 10 minutes!
So, what can you do to have a healthier gut and in turn, a stronger immune system? Eat organic – your immune system has more important things to do than fighting off the pesticides and fertilizers you’re consuming with non-organic produce. Eat whole foods – the more processed a food is, the more likely it is to be a challenge to the digestive process and to contain less nutrients than when it is in its original form. Avoid all food allergens or those you are sensitive to (please get an IgG test to determine this!). When food is consumed that the body is sensitive or allergic to, it launches an attack on that food (usually gluten, dairy, corn, soy, or peanuts). During this attack there are casualties, most specifically the lining of the gut. It gets these little holes in it and the food falls through into the blood stream where it undergoes more attacks. The immune system is completely occupied now, set on destroying the bad guy. And every time this food is consumed, the body becomes more and more compromised.
Sometimes "Good Food" is Bad Medicine
Some people know they’re sensitive to a certain food, like milk, ice cream, bread, or soy milk. Some don’t. Some people know they can get away with a little bit of this food, but not much more than that, or they’ll be sick. Some don’t know because they haven’t felt good in so long, they’ve forgotten. When this battle rages inside the digestive system and blood stream, inflammation results, just like when you get an exterior wound and it swells and turns red. That inflammation effects the brain and nervous system and can be held responsible for all kinds of disturbances like depression, anxiety, ADD, seizures, and the like. When the battle continues, the immune system becomes weakened and less effective, often leading to a host of illnesses, colds, and especially sinus-related issues (eye, ears, nose, and throat complications). It’s a downward spiral from here.
It's All About Choices:
What if you knew you could strengthen your immune system by removing one type of food? What if by ignoring this (or half-heartedly trying) you actually triggered an autoimmune disease (like MS, lupus, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis), where the body’s immune system attacks its own organs and tissues? In my opinion food allergies have not been paid enough attention by our medical system or our media, though they contribute to a host of problems that are seemingly unsolvable. With all of this focus on how to stay healthy, it’s important to realize that some of our seemingly healthy choices (whole wheat bread, milk, and peanut butter) may actually be doing us harm.
Please contact your local holistic nutritionist, naturopath, myself, or an organization like Health NOW Medical Center where you can be evaluated, tested, and treated.
In peace and health,
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