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Strengthen Your Own Immune System With Whole Food

It is good from time to time to get a refresher course in self-care. Let’s spend some time talking about boosting your immune system so you can help yourself get healthy and remain healthy through this winter flu season. I covered the importance of rest in my article Build Your Immune System: Step One. In our keep-doing-more society we rarely allow our bodies and minds to get the rest and rejuvenation they truly need. But ample sleep and making time for rest is vital in maintaining a strong immune system. It is during sleep and rest that the body restores itself.

There are several other factors to creating and maintaining a strong defense from viruses and disease. One that I’d like to discuss today is food. Don’t we hear so much about food these days? There is a lot of talk about the proper diet. It seems there are many experts advising us on what is best. From vegetarianism, veganism, and raw food diets, to high protein, low carb, gluten-free or ten fruits and vegetables a day, how are you to know what is best for your own body?

One simple guideline is wise to follow: emphasize foods found in nature. Along with fermented vegetables, this is the diet that has been consumed in many healthy cultures for centuries. Foods from nature give the body resilience and strength. Fermented vegetables (such as sauerkraut, kimchi) create healthy intestinal flora.

Most Americans are not eating for nourishment because they are eating packaged and processed foods. Anything that comes in a box, can, or package that has been pre-made likely has very few nutrients. I consider these foods to be dead. Void of life. I believe this is the cause of obesity in America. Packaged and processed foods are eaten as a matter of course. They give the body few nutrients while robbing it of others. The “I’m hungry” signal continues to glow and the person is never satisfied.

Healthy fats, even some healthy saturated fats, are missing from our typical diet. In their place are processed oils – remember margarine and how it was supposed to be better for you than butter? That is incorrect. For centuries many of our ancestors ate butter and didn’t have the rates of obesity and heart disease that we now have. Plus, our ancestors ate foods found in nature and survived in a world with no antibiotics or other pharmaceutical drugs or vaccines. They remained strong enough to spawn the next generation, of which we are descendants.

So what does this mean in terms of you maintaining a strong immunity against the flu and other bugs? If you want health, I recommend eating foods found in nature only. Avoid all processed and pre-packaged foods. This means you will skip the canned food. No canned soups, chili, or other such substances that for some reason can be kept for years in the cupboard. (That means they have no life force.) Same with dry, boxed stuff. Your body won’t receive the nutrients it needs to maintain its vitality over time.

Most packaged products are laden with chemicals that preserve, color, or make them palatable. Many of those chemicals contribute to cancer, among other diseases. Such convenience foods contain sugar in one form or another, the most insidious and life-taking seeming to be high fructose corn syrup, used to sweeten dead food because of its cheap price tag. Sugar, in all its forms, will drain the nutrients from you and deplete your immune system.

So what is a whole foods diet exactly and how do you make it more prominent in your life? When you arrive at the market, notice that the living food is on the perimeter of the store where they keep it cold or moist. Notice all the dead food is in the center aisles. This makes your shopping quick and easy. If something has come straight from nature, it’s a go, a green light, a yes. If it has been processed by man and has added ingredients, it’s a stop, don’t touch.

This might sound extreme, but it wouldn’t to your grandmother, your great grandmother, or all the ancestors who ever came before them. It’s only extreme to an obese, tired, anxious, depressed population with rising rates of heart disease, cancer, and all sorts of other ailments that grandmother didn’t have.

This is one important and powerful step you can take to maintain your health: consume foods that are alive. Cook them if you wish, stew them, make soups, roast, bake, or whatever you want. I’m not an advocate of having it all raw. But do be sure to make your choices wisely and give your body food that nourishes instead of food that depletes. You’ll notice other people taking drugs for some ailment as they microwave their next processed meal while you will feel a whole lot better. Besides that, people will start asking you why you look so good.

Why Natural Food Is Best for Your Pet

Good quality pet food has the right combination of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals that provide your animal friend with good nutrition. Some ready-made pet foods that are available in the market may also contain artificial colors and preservatives. Like humans, animals require a balance diet that contains the right combination of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Pet owners who want their animal friends to have the best food usually give them premium food that is made using good quality ingredients.

You can use the internet to get information on the food that you must give your animal friend. There are many websites that provide information on the various brands of pet food available in the market and the ingredients used by the manufacturer. Some websites may also give information on the nutritional value of these ingredients. People who want to get their pets food that is free from chemical can give them natural food. There are many varieties of natural food available in the market. The natural food that you give your animal friend must fulfill their nutrition requirement, should be easy to digest and must have high amounts mineral and vitamins.

If you want your animal friend to be healthy, you must give them food that contains all the ingredients that are required to fulfill their nutritional needs. Once you have assessed the nutrition requirement of your pet, find out the food that meets their needs. However, it is difficult to know details of the quality of ingredients and the nutritional value of each ingredient. If you are unable to decide on what is best for your pet, it is in your interest to get help from a vet.

The health and the growth of your pet depends on the quality of food that you give your pet. Natural food best food for animals as they don’t contain harmful preservatives and additives. When buying natural food for your pet, it is important that you check whether the food meets the guidelines prescribed by Association of American Feed Control Officials or AAFCO.

Pet owners who plan to change the food that they give their pets, most make a gradual switch as it will not affect the digestive system of the pet. Animals respond better to the new food if there is a gradual increase in the amount of new food that is given to them. It could take your pet a few weeks before they are able to adjust to the new brand of pet food.