Have you ever wondered why we tend to get sick during this holiday season?
the culprits come from our diet, including:
• Less raw foods, more cooked foods - As our shopping lists start to shift from fresh, moisture-rich fruits and vegetables, to root vegetables, casseroles and desserts, we shift from a diet with plenty of raw foods to a predominately cooked one. In 1930, researchers at the Institute of Clinical Chemistry in Lausanne, Switzerland, discovered that eating cooked and processed foods, verses raw and natural foods, caused an elevation in white blood cells similar to when the immune system responds to an infection or poison. This
digestive leukocytosis, as it is called, is as a result of food lacking digestive enzymes, which become destroyed in the cooking process. Eating a predominately cooked-food diet will lower your immune resistance and make you more vulnerable to genuine ailments such as the common cold or flu.
• Blood sugar fluctuations - Also lowering your immune resistance is the hypoglycemic effect, whereby your blood sugar constantly rises to handle a sugary or starchy meal but then lowers after the insulin goes to work. These frequent sugar indulgences between October and December is a major factor in the rise of ailments. Fortunately, by incorporating some or all of the following tips into your dietary lifestyle, you can
remain strong and healthy throughout this cherished time of year.
• 51% of the food on your plate, by weight, should be raw, plant-based food to avoid digestive leukocytosis. You can imagine it will require quite a bit more green salad to outweigh your turkey and mashed potatoes.
• Add fiber-rich foods such as chia seeds, psyllium husk and/or black beans (great in brownies); or cinnamon to your sweets to slow down the rise in your blood sugar.
• Consider halving or splitting the ratio of your traditional sweeteners with lower-glycemic varieties, such as: palm nectar (coconut sugar), stevia liquid or powder, barhi dates, or even raw, unheated and unprocessed local honey.
• Avoid dairy and gluten, food-like products to help modulate the immune response, which tends towards over-reactive and inflammatory promoting behavior with a diet including these common allergens.
• Incorporate some of Mother Nature's medicinal foods into your weekly diet to help support your health.
- Nature's antibiotics and quality cofactors come from oregano, clove, garlic, onion, raw honey, apple cider vinegar, bell peppers, chili peppers, parsley and green tea.
- Daily detoxification is gently facilitated from cilantro, kale, arugula, spinach (and other dark leafy green veggies), radish, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, lemon, garlic, quinoa, chia seeds, aloe and in drinking half your weight in ounces of clear liquids daily.
- Immune supporting, nutrient powerhouses can be found in carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, pumpkin, kale, garlic, water kefir and other fermented foods, broccoli, spinach, bell peppers, melon, citrus (with the pith) and super foods like raw cacao, spirulina, goji berries and blueberries.