Well it's that time again.
If you work in an office, have kids or even live by yourself, get ready for the coughing, nose blowing, moaning and general misery that goes with the cold and flu season!
The average child gets a cold 6-10 times a year. The average adult 2-4 times.
Getting one cold is too many for me! I hate that junk!
Did you know that the US death rate from infectious diseases is now double what it was in 1980? Up to 170,000 people annually.
What is this craziness?
With all the medical advances, new drugs, new screening and new procedures how can this be?
The Standard American Diet! Yep that is all I have to say…well okay not really.
The average person takes in over 60% of their calories from processed food, animal products make up another 25% and what is left is fruits and vegetables. More than half of that number is made up of white potatoes including fries and chips…..yuck!
Couple our nutrient empty diet with medical care that does not improve long-term health or quality of life and it spells disaster.
We all believe that the only action that we can take when we anticipate this season or are coming down with a cold or flu comes in the form of a pill, liquid or an injection.
The overuse of medication and specifically antibiotics are important contributing factors in the explosion of dangerous viruses, a compromised digestive system and even cancer.
According to Joel Fuhrman “the drugs prescribed by doctors encourage patients’ risky life-style behaviors and self-destructive eating choices to continue; they give patients the “permission” to continue poor behaviors because they mask the symptoms of the disease.”
I love this guy! Just read that again!
To go even farther he says “this type of medicine is akin to your car mechanic “fixing” your flashing oil light by snipping the wire to the light on your dashboard.”
Wow that is about as clear as it gets…..
So enough of the doom and gloom, right?
Well just a smidge more, before you can take action you need to know where you are a now….
How frequently do you get sick?
How is your digestive health?
What do you eat?
A dynamite immune system is not just good or bad luck….we are made from the food we eat!
I am about to say it again….so if your are tired of hearing it just look away.
Eating a healthy diet and changing your lifestyle can boost you’re your immune system. No fancy tricks or bizarre supplements.
You do not have to get sick as often or be sick for as long as you do now.
So let’s cut to the chase…
What do you have to do to have a top-notch immune system?
It’s all about the phytonutrients. What the heck?
According to Mark Fuhrman, MD in his book Super Immunity “Phytochemicals are bioactive, plant-derived chemical compounds important to the growth and the survival of the plant. The human immune system evolved dependent on phytochemicals for optimum functioning.”
Nope you can’t buy them in pill form at your local CVS.
They are right there in your frig (I hope they are) They are in leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables.
Green vegetables are the highest nutrient dense food that there is.
Eat them – eat a lot of them. I recommend that my clients include these in at least two meals a day – three is better.
Along with leafy greens eat beans, berries, onions, garlic, mushrooms, nuts and seeds to super charge your body’s ability to fight off illness and disease.
This grouping of foods are miraculous in fighting off disease, aging and aid in cellular repair.
Pass on the processed food – crowd it out with natural organic veggies.
Limit your animal product intake! These calories are for energy and make up the structure of the body but do not promote a healthy immune system.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
Get out there and exercise.
Get your 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night. This recharges your batteries and gives your body the time it needs to detox and heal.
Simple stuff no? And it is the same stuff you need to do to have more energy, lose weight and look incredible.
So what are you having for lunch?