Do You Want to Have a Strong Immune System? 70% of the immune system is located in the gut!
The foods you eat affect the bacteria in your gut, which in turn affect immune cells. Healthy Gut Bugs = strong immunity
American diets are high in animal proteins, sugar, processed foods & saturated fat, resulting in bad bacteria which promotes inflammation and disease.
A fiber-rich diet reduces inflammatory response.
Extra body fat affects immune function. Fat secretes hormones & chemicals causing inflammation. Adipose tissue, or fat is a "metabolically active
Eat plenty of plants. 7 servings a day of colorful fruits and vegetables. Eat good fats. Healthy fats support immune function, olive oil, nuts & seeds.
Eat wild-caught fish 3 times a week and a 1,200-mg fish oil supplement.
Eat protein at every meal. Like fat, muscle is an endocrine organ that directly affects the immune system. Muscle is made from 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 gut-bug diversity.
Exercise creates a robust and active immune system which fends off disease & increases immune response.
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Source: UCLA Center for Immune Health