Can Food Be Medicine?

There are so many reasons why we should pay attention to what we eat.  Especially this time of year when we are spending more time indoors.

Often healthy eating is associated with weight loss and there’s no denying that eating more healthfully will contribute to a smaller waist line.  But more importantly, incorporating healthy eating into our lifestyles will not only reduce our risk for getting a life-threatening disease, it’s a great way to boost immunity to help fight off colds and flu.

Did you know that climate-controlled chambers and cold and dry conditions, simulating winter in New England, allow exhaled viruses to stay suspended in the air longer than under other conditions? That is because droplets of moisture around them evaporate quickly, making the pathogens lightweight.  Kind of gross to think about all those germs and viruses floating around us.

That’s why we need to pay attention to what we eat so we can give our body the nutrients it needs to fight off those icky germs and viruses.

Seeing our food as medicine helps us make better decisions about what we eat.  Perhaps more than anything else in our lives, the foods we regularly eat can help keep us healthy. Though no food or nutrient is a cure-all against disease, eating healthfully will certainly contribute to warding off illnesses and wintertime colds and flu.

Our immune system is hardwired to attack anything that it sees as foreign, such as germs and viruses.  The process of attacking these pathogens is called inflammation and it is the body’s defense mechanism.  Occasional bouts of inflammation protect us against threatening health robbing invaders.

However, when inflammation is a constant visitor, it is not good.  Chronic inflammation can quickly become our enemy.  The good news is that we can lessen and even prevent chronic bad inflammation with diet and lifestyle thus producing a healthy immune system.  And a healthy immune system will help fight off those attackers.

Our diet doesn’t need to be “perfect” to be healthy.

Why not start by making just one or two changes?

Maybe start by removing one or two of the foods that are known to be unhealthy such as refined carbs, fried foods, processed meat or sugar-laden beverages.

What do you have to lose?  Might as well give a try.

Then you can add back in healthy whole foods that will boost your immune system and fight chronic inflammation.

Here are two delicious dairy-free recipes to get you started:

Creamy Garlic Soup

Creamy Potato Kale Soup with Sausage

Well that’s it for today.  I hope this information inspires you because maintaining a healthy immune system is nothing to sneeze at.

If you are struggling with eating more healthfully, I would love to help.  Just fill out the form below and let’s have a conversation.

Peace, love and veggies,