Eat plenty of healing foods...your body will love you for it!
Our body already knows how to restore itself. We only need to provide the tools for repair. My poor body has been abused and dragged through the ringer too many times to count! It is wonderful that our bodies are so resilient. But it is time to take good care.
We think of our bodies 'battling illness' more than we consider how we can 'nourish good health' so that we can avoid having to battle cancer, fight colds, or shield ourselves from invaders that want to colonize our bodies with sickness and disease. Dr. Maoshing Ni, co-founder of the Tao of Wellness Center in L.A. and author of Secrets of Self-Healing, explains "We are trying to avoid waging war. The idea is to maintain a state of harmony so we don't have to send in the troops."
Even the smallest damage to our tissue (a nick on our hand), launches several systems into action: clotting system of the blood, circulatory and cardiovascular systems start delivering white blood cells to fend off infection and begin repair work, and our stress response kicks in to avoid a state of panic in the normal operations of the body.
Our bodies know what to do. Our bodies like to go with the flow. Resistance, clogged work-ways, an abundance of intruders and invaders in the form of processed 'food', all get in the way of good, natural work.
The typical American diet is one of mainly processed, nutrient-deficient, low fiber, high-sugar foods that trigger cellular inflammation and reduces immune function ~ essentially making it harder for our body's natural defenses to take hold. It is a perfect breeding ground for cancer and other diseases to grow, flourish and gain control. It is not a single factor that gives way to sickness and disease...It is a cumulative effect of many habits we form that also includes a sedentary lifestlye, stress, depression and isolation.
Boost immune function and lower inflammation by following these food rules:
2. Enhance your immunity: eat lots of healthy proteins. Proteins (amino acids) are the building blocks of our immune system. Tofu, beans and nuts are great sources of protein. Did you now that broccoli, kale and romaine lettuce are also good sources of protein and they have plenty of fiber, vitamins and no fat or cholesterol?
3. Cut out sugar...turn it way down. Low sugar foods help reduce inflammation. Eat artichokes, oatmeal, brown rice and beans, which have a high fiber to sugar ratio. Natural sweeteners such as Truvia & Stevia (same plant, different taste) have a more muted effect on blood-glucose levels than cane sugar & honey.
4. Eat good bugs. Eating fermented foods like yogurt, tempeh, miso, unpasturized pickles and sauerkraut, promotes beneficial bacteria, or probiotics, in our digestive system, keeping disease-causing bacteria at bay.
Create a strong, seriously healthy inner environment. Focus on your actions...the results will follow.
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