Foods That Weaken Your Immune System By Joe Martino for Natural Blaze
- The Facts: Presented is a list of immune-strengthening foods and immune weakening foods that you can make choices about during this time.
- Reflect On: Are the foods you are eating supporting your immunity?
The coronavirus is a virus that can easily be beaten providing you are healthy and your immune system is fairly strong. We have already covered how one could use Vitamin C in similar ways it is being used in Asia to deal with coronavirus. Along with that, Zinc is being suggested by a lot of people as well. Recommendations are to take about 15mg of zinc into the throat, hold for one minute, swallow. Do this 2 or 3 times a day. I personally do this and vitamin C every day as part of my healthy organic diet of primarily raw fruits and veggies. (That’s pretty much what I eat anyway even without the virus going around.)
I cannot claim Zinc helps against coronavirus, but it has been shown to help against viruses in general.
Given that keeping the immune system strong is important at this point, it’s good to understand which foods can help your immune system and which may weaken it. Food is medicine, and that’s not just a cliche statement; it’s one of the best forms of preventative healthcare.
So let’s look at some important foods to avoid right now, and some important foods to consume right now.
Foods That Weaken Immunity
As stated by a friend of mine Dr. Jess Peatross “All of the following causes stress and or toxic exposure, both of which deplete immune function. Limiting or avoiding these immune suppressors is advised during the cold and flu season.”
- Processed foods and fast food
- Caffeine (Coffee!)
- Foods with chemicals and preservatives
- Carbonated drinks and sodas, including diet soda
- Refined sugar, sugary snacks etc.
- High glycemic index carbohydrates such as breads and pastas
- Artificial sweeteners
These foods are typically a big part of standard Western diets, and given the general state of health in the West, it’s not a bad idea to look to diet as one of the number one reasons why so many chronic illnesses are such a big part of the populace.
During this time if you wish to increase your immune system, avoid the above foods as much as you can. Personally, I would add dairy to the list above as well, as research I’ve looked at in detail shows dairy dos not really do human health any favors.
Foods That Strengthen Immunity
Water: First and foremost stay hydrated right now. Drink water throughout the day, ideally plain water or with a bit of lemon in it. Plenty of water decreases the risk of viral infections. Chronic dehydration is a common occurrence due to how the amount of cooked food we eat, so be sure to drink!