COVID-19 and Health Update : Food and Immune Health

Hey again:

There is a growing body of literature that supports certain dietary patterns that will reduce inflammation and increase immune function. This is important because most conditions that kill or disable us are what are called ‘long-latency’ illnesses. This means that for most of us, it takes many years of poor eating to create diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases, cancer, dementia, high blood pressure, overweight or obesity, etc. We also know that if you have these pre-existing conditions your risk of severe Covid is much higher due to the low-grade chronic inflammation burden that comes with these conditions. This inflammation has negative effects on immune function that then acts as one of the underlying co-morbidities that drives the pandemic. Here is some info from MD Anderson Cancer Center:

“But there is one diet that is consistently proven, over more than two decades, to reduce your risk for cancer. It is a plant-based diet. Eating plant-based does not mean you can’t eat meat. It means your meals are mostly plants: vegetables, whole grains and fruits. Beans, seeds, and nuts are also included. Fill two-thirds of your plate with these plant-based foods. The remaining one-third should be a lean protein like chicken or fish, or a plant protein like tofu or beans.

“Plants give your body what it needs to help fight off infection,” says Andrea Murray, MD Anderson health education specialist. “A plant-based diet strengthens your immune system to protect you against germs and microorganisms.” Choosing plants will help all your body’s systems work the best they can. “We just have to eat plants. They are so important for our body’s long-term health,” says Murray.

Bottom Line:

If you are not already joining the plant-based revolution, now is a perfect time to start. Two of my favorite cookbooks are:

How Not To Die Cookbook by Michael Greger, MD

The 22 Day Revolution by Marco Borges

Simply invest a small amount of time to learn what it means to be plant-based and you are good to go!


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