Foods to avoid:
Avoid sugar, sweets, and an excessive amount of grains like cereal, pasta, and bread. These all contain carbohydrates which, when digested, cause high blood sugar. They also cause the body to become acidic. High blood sugar and an acidic environment weaken the immune system.
Avoid traditional dairy cow’s milk. Many people are unable to digest lactose, which is sugar, in traditional milk. Too much lactose exposure can increase inflammation in the body and weaken the immune system. Alternative forms of milk that are low in lactose are almond milk, rice milk, and coconut milk. Try these individually to determine which taste you prefer. Some people are able to digest dairy cow milk if it is fermented, such as cheese and yogurt, and can be experimented with on a case to case basis.
Avoid high gluten foods. Gluten is a protein found in certain grains. Gluten may not be digested well by many people and can create an allergic sensitivity when consumed. This sensitivity can interfere with our immune system. Wheat is the one food that has the highest concentration of gluten and is best avoided. Oats and rice do not contain gluten and are recommended, safe grains.
Foods to consume:
Consume good fats. Fat is misunderstood and is an important food for our body. All of our hormones (thyroid, insulin, adrenaline, estrogen, testosterone) need fat for their production. Each of our body’s cells contains fat in the cell wall. Our brains contain a high amount of fat. We can help our immune systems immeasurably by consuming good fats. Examples of these fats are coconut oil, olive oil, and flaxseed oil. Vegetable oil is not fat that is recommended.
Eat cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables are those such as kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts. This category of food is vitally important in eliminating toxic metabolites. They help to purify our digestive system and, in turn, strengthen our immunity.
Most football fans have heard the phrase: “The best defense is a good offense.” Avoiding certain foods and consuming others is among the best ways to strengthen our immune system and resist disease.