This article is brought to you courtesy of Barb Raines of Club Fit, Canby Herald Insider fitness expert.
The food you eat affects the bacteria in your gut, which in turn affects immune cells. Healthy intestinal insects = strong immunity
American diets are high in animal protein, sugar, processed foods, and saturated fat, resulting in bad bacteria that promote inflammation and disease.
A diet rich in fiber reduces the inflammatory response.
The extra body fat affects immune function. Fat secretes hormones and chemicals that cause inflammation. Adipose tissue, or fat, is a “metabolically active
endocrine organ. ”
Eat lots of plants. 7 servings per day of colorful fruits and vegetables. Eat healthy fats. Healthy fats support immune function, olive oil, nuts and seeds.
Eat wild fish 3 times a week and a fish oil supplement of 1200 mg.
Eat protein with every meal. Like fat, muscle is an endocrine organ that directly affects the immune system. Muscle is made of protein. Dietary protein can come from animal products, but plant sources are better for the gut.
Use natural spices and herbs in food preparation. They are rich in phytochemicals that support the diversity of intestinal insects.
Exercise creates a strong and active immune system that fights disease and increases the immune response.
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Source: UCLA Center for Immune Health