Hippocrates claimed “Let Food Be Your Medicine, Let Medicine Be Your Food”.
I’ve always lived by that philosophy and considering the state of my health at my age, I guess he knew what he was talking about. Amazing he was so knowledgeable and he didn’t even have a computer!
That lesson is something we all need to examine especially right now with this insidious virus affecting our lives right now.
I’m aware that most of you hopefully probably follow a healthy way of eating. You make sure to eat those beneficial fruits and vegetables every day as well as following other healthy rules for eating.
However, what about our immune systems. This is what will decide whether we maintain good health or fall behind and leave ourselves open to catch whatever may be lurking out there.
This week I want to talk about what our immune system does not like, what are things that cause it to get so tired and worn out that it becomes unable to protect us, and thus leave us vulnerable.
The most important thing to keep out of your immune system is SUGAR!
AVOID SUGAR AT ALL COSTS – ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW!!
It is absolutely critical that you avoid all that SUGAR. It will completely destroy the ability of your immune system to function on a normal level. And be aware that this doesn’t happen overnight. This is a slow process of constant damage to your system, so that one day you’ll wake up extremely under the weather, and wonder what happened.
Unfortunately, SUGAR is found in almost everything you consume if you eat the Standard American Diet (SAD). I realize it’s almost impossible to avoid it completely, but first let’s examine what sugar does to your immune system.
● SUGAR affects the balance of your hormonal system
● SUGAR affects your cravings – the more you eat, the more you crave
● SUGAR affects your brain’s reward center – can help bring on depression
● SUGAR is a key factor in inflammation – it exacerbates it
● SUGAR reduces your body’s ability to defend against disease
● SUGAR (the effects of) can keep you up at night if you’ve had too much dessert after dinner
● SUGAR can help deplete necessary nutrients especially Vitamin C in your system
Did I make you more aware of the evils of sugar?
Did I make you want to run to the store right now to find some healthier options?
Avoiding sugar doesn’t mean you have to consume no sugar, but rather avoid all the refined sugar in processed foods. As you might realize, I’m not talking about giving up only desserts. I’m all into replacing very marginal eating habits with healthier ones. More about this next week.
You enjoy that ice cream cone on a hot summer day, or that homemade cake that someone brought you? You love those breads and bagels (that turn into sugar in your system)? You love everything that’s made with white processed flour? Of course you do, we’re only human.
But the buzz word here is occasionally (very!)
I basically follow a Mediterranean style diet which includes many fruits and vegetables on a daily basis as well as other extremely healthy options.
And know that fruits and vegetables can contain some sugar, but they also contain the dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients that buffer sugar’s impact on your body.
Next week I’ll offer some good ideas how to
incorporate this into your daily living.
Friends, please take it from someone who has greatly eliminated most sugar from her daily regimen. I think this is the main reason that at my age (8th decade), I am so healthy, so energetic, so full of life that I wake up every single morning and can’t wait to take on the day – and we know right now today that the day isn’t always what we want it to be.
I get that, but it certainly makes a difference when your health isn’t one of the negatives right now!
Keep yourself healthy especially now and look for us next Wednesday when we offer healthy tips on the best foods to have for the best health!