Immunity Begins in the Belly
We often talk about illness and disease as being something out of our
control. Like we are unwilling victims of overaggressive germs and
bacteria. These feelings of being vulnerable lead us to doubt the
amazing capabilities of the human body not only to defend against
foreign invaders but also to heal and restore health once it has been
compromised. So, we have come to rely on prescription drugs rather than
put our faith in our immune system like we should.
The Rise of Prescription Drug Use
It’s all too easy. We can eat anything we want, live a sedentary life
and walk into the doctors office for a magic fix when we don’t feel
well. The problem with this is multifaceted.
In the first place, we don’t actually ever fix the problem if we keep
putting and bandaid on it. Secondly, pumping the body full of
antibiotics reduces resistance. Thirdly, the chemical concoctions that
we pop like candy are toxic, and the toxins accumulate over time in the
So, while living a life without taking personal responsibility
for our health and using a drug as the first line of defense may seem
logical, it is anything but that. It is not until we truly realize that
immunity is, in fact, a choice and we can do many things to boost the
body’s ability to stay healthy, that we will be able to reduce our
dependence on dangerous pharmaceuticals.
The Right Fuel
Your body, like any fine tuned automobile, requires fuel to operate.
We don’t expect to put chocolate milk in our gas tank and drive our car,
so why do we think we can load the body full of nutrient void
foodstuffs and demand that it never get sick or tired?
When the human body is fed nutrient dense foods it responds in
remarkable ways. Many people have no idea what it feels like to feel
really great because they have never given their body the opportunity to
be its best.
Building up immunity starts with a healthy diet, rich in whole foods
that are designed to support bodily functions, heal and defend. Would we
expect an army to win a battle with Nerf guns?
The human body needs ammunition in the form of nutrients in order to
win the battle that it faces it on a daily basis. Nutrients come from
whole foods, not processed foods, so ditching the Americanized diet is
essential if you want to boost immunity.
goes on the inside of your gut largely determines how effectively your
immune system works. An unhealthy gut puts you at tremendous risk of
both short term illness and long term disease. Inside your gut a battle
wages between good bacteria and bad bacteria.
A healthy balance of each is important for optimal health. However,
when we bypass living foods and choose dead, processed foods instead, we
don’t help the good guys but fuel the bad guys, thus causing an
Eating a small amount of fermented foods daily helps keep the good
bacteria in top shape. Foods such as kefir, tempeh, miso and sauerkraut
contain beneficial microbes that improve gut health. You can also take a
high quality probiotic supplement that will do much the same thing.
Other Immune Boosting Tips
In addition to a making a concerted effort to eating a processed-free
diet full of healthy organic fruits and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds,
organic poultry and meat and health promoting saturated fat, consider
- Exercise outdoors for at least twenty minutes a day – the exercise,
fresh air and vitamin D will help boost immune system function.
- Cook with healthy oils such as coconut oil.
- Reduce stress with meditation or yoga.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Drink at least 10,8-ounce glasses of filtered water daily.
- Practice optimism.
- Eat plenty of leafy greens.