We're focusing on all things immunity this month at That Clean Life because in case you missed the memo, it's flu season and let's be real - ain't no one got time for that.
What you eat can determine whether or not you get sick. That's why later this month, we'll be releasing an Immunity Booster meal plan to help give your clients the nutrients they need to fight off any pesky illnesses that come their way. Whole foods like fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts contain all those nourishing vitamins and minerals that will help strengthen their immune systems so that when they come into contact with the cold or flu, they can fight it off.
If your clients are those people who find themselves picking up every little bug going around, this is the meal plan for them. As you know, processed food tends to be high in saturated fats, salt and refined sugar, all of which make our guts unhealthy and cause inflammation in the body. In turn, our immune systems don't function like they should.
Here is how processed food may be sabotaging your client’s immune system.
#1. Processed Food = Poor Gut Health = Poor Immunity
We have trillions of tiny bacterial cells living in our intestines, which help break down food, absorb nutrients and keep toxins out. These cells in our guts thrive on what we feed them. So when we feed them too much salt, sugar and saturated fat, it really messes with the entire ecosystem! Processed food causes the wrong bacteria and yeast to grow. Our immune function becomes compromised and then we aren't able to fight off bugs like the cold and flu the way we should.
The good news is that you can heal your gut so your immune system will function at its best. Here's how:
- Eliminate food toxins from your diet like high amounts of salt, sugar and unhealthy fats.
- Replace these things with fermentable fibers like sweet potato, artichoke, leeks, onion, garlic and bananas.
- Eat fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut and kimchi.
#2. Processed Food = High Inflammation = Poor Immunity
Another thing that happens when we eat too much salt, sugar and unhealthy fats is that our immune system activates the inflammation response in an effort to protect our cells and tissues. As we continue to bombard our bodies with more and more salt, sugar and fat, our immune cells start to overreact and inflammation starts to run rampant throughout the body. This chronic inflammation impairs our immune system's ability to respond when we come into contact with the flu.
But guess what! We can absolutely reduce inflammation in our bodies by eating anti-inflammatory foods like:
- Olive Oil
- Green Leafy Vegetables (like spinach, kale, collard greens)
- Nuts (like almonds and walnuts)
- Fish (like salmon and tuna)
- Fruits (like strawberries, blueberries, cherries and oranges)
(Our Immunity Booster meal plan will contain all of these wonderful ingredients!)
So if your clients are looking to stay healthy this winter, give their immune system a fighting chance. Get rid of the processed food and help them focus on keeping their gut healthy and inflammation at bay.
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