Immune System Health

Whole healthiness, that is, maintaining, balancing and promoting good health requires that we mindfully nurture our immune system on a daily basis. Our immune system encompasses a group of cells inside our bodies that protects us from disease. A healthy immune system which balances the T cells and the antibody producing B cells is balanced, and able to perfom its job in keeping invaders out. These invaders can be anything from viruses, bacteria, substances such as gluten and dairy, sugar, processed foods and grains, heavy metals, toxins and stress, which go on to foster and promote autoimmune disease.

If we are able to keep our bodies foundational systems in good shape, that being our diet, stress hormones, gut health, and the body’s toxic load, we can heal the immune system. The food that we eat gives information to our cells that can either promote good health, or inflammation. For example, GMO’s cause crops to contain proteins that are unnatural to the plant making it almost impossible to digest. Evidence shows these proteins cause immune reactions in the gut that promotes development of autoimmunity.
Gluten is also impossible for humans to digest, and when pieces in large quantity get into the bloodstream, the immune system goes on high alert due to the fact that gluten is seen as foreign and produces antibodies to attack it. When these same antibodies attack the gluten they also inadvertently attack our tissues as well. This is called MOLECULAR MIMICRY, and is not specific to gluten. Molecular mimicry happens when your immune system sees your own tissue as foreign.

I subscribe to the saying, “Let thy food be thy medicine.” The food we eat gives vital information to our cells and instructs our cells how to navigate by changing the way the enzymes work inside the cells. For example, sugar is a toxic substance that offers no nutritional value, and in fact tells our cells to promote inflammation, and due to the over processing of gluten, this too communicates to our cells to foster inflammation.

Nutrigenomics, means food that you eat that affects the genetic expression of your cells. Food that we eat is responsible for the genes that are activated, and the genes direct enzyme activity. Enzymes determine how a cell, tissue, and organ will function. If you are eating foods that are “low in calories” according to the packaging, but the ingredients contain sugar, wheat, trans fats, and other toxic and unhealthy ingredients, it instructs your cells to create inflammation, and in addition, causes your body to gain weight, and promotes disease. Remember, inflammation is key in promoting all chronic diseases, and autoimmune disease. Everything we eat is absorbed and digested and winds up floating around in your blood, and then finds its way to all of your cells giving important information.

Choose foods that will happily communicate with your cells to encourage a happy healthy body and mind. When we eat foods that are unhealthy, it causes an unhealthy body, and mind. Look for foods that are organic, unprocessed, organic, and natural. Look for foods that contain polyphenols, which are antioxidants from plant foods that work in the body to enhance overall health. They also help to control blood sugar spikes after meals. Eat polyphenol filled foods every few hours for maximum benefits.
Some polyphenol rich foods are a variety of berries, red raspberries, flaxseed meal, dark chocolate, black/green tea, apples, red wine, cocoa/cacao powder, and pure pomegranate juice.

Eat phytonutrient rich foods which are found in plants and veggies and provides many health benefits as well as helps in preventing disease, and can increase your energy level. Foods such as organic whole grains, nuts, beans and tea are also rich in phytonutrients.

Eat grass fed beef and poultry, and wild salmon for healthy protein for building and maintaining healthy cells. Chia seeds are also a great protein source.

Eating organic and natural foods are the safest way to maintain a healthy immune system, healthy diet, and in turn, achieving harmonious health for life through providing optimal nutritional support for the body, mind, and soul.

Being mindful of the foods that you eat and knowing that food IS information, will support your health at the cellular level. Read labels and ask questions about everything you put into your body. Take good care of your immune system, and optimal health will follow.

Wishing you Harmonious Health 4 LIfe!

Wendy Blanchard, M.S., CHHC


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