Friday, November 13, 2009

Immunity & the Digestive System

Read a great article today in the Common Ground, a Western Canada monthly magazine dedicated to health, wellness, ecology and personal growth, about how to boost your immune system up and kick the flu to the curb:

The strength and effectiveness of your immune system are directly controlled by 80 percent of your digestive system’s ability. In other words, if you eat well-balanced nutritional foods and you do not have any digestive issues affecting your body’s capacity to properly digest those nutrients, proteins and enzymes, you should have a very strong and impenetrable immune system with which to fight off pending viruses, bacteria and pathogens.

On the other hand, if you tend to binge on low-nutrient fast foods, junk food and food items with high sugar content – candy, bread, pop, alcohol and juice – on a regular basis, your digestive system has nothing to offer your immune system for support. Consuming even less than 10 grams of sugar shuts down your immune system for four hours.

Not only was the above interesting, I found this little tidbit also intriguing:

Dairy: Less than six percent of the population has the digestive enzymes to digest dairy. In most cases, dairy causes stress in the digestive system; it creates mucus, clogs sinuses and for many people, shuts down their immune system as their digestive system figures out how to use it.

One more kick in the ass for the Milk Man ...

You can read the whole article here:

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