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2.01.2011

Food and illness (and a giveaway!)

Don't worry, I'm not going to talk about food allergies (again).  It's flu season.  Everyone is or has been sick with colds, flu, or other run of the mill illnesses.  Except us (yes, we had that stomach thing that was probably Norro virus, but we were also in direct contact with someone who had it for three days). 

And I really, truly believe that we don't get sick very often because of the way we eat.  In fact, I think it's ridiculous to think that what we put into our bodies DOESN'T affect our health.  And not just our long term, chronic illness health- our short term cold/flu/etc health.

We are meant to eat whole foods.  Whole, unprocessed foods that are prepared properly are easily broken down in our bodies to provide us with the macro and micro nutrients we need not only to live, but to thrive and be healthy.  No amount of synthetic supplements can make up for a nutrient poor diet comprised mostly of processed foods. 

I'm not going to go into details about what a whole food diet looks like, because I've talked about it before and I think that most people who read this already know.  I will say that in it's most perfect form a health promoting diet goes a little beyond basic whole foods to include lots of probiotics, bone stock, fresh ground and soaked whole grains, FULL FAT dairy, and other healthy fats (butter, olive oil, coconut oil, and palm oil).

A whole food diet can also benefit from a little supplementation- whole food supplementation.  One of the best whole food supplements, especially in the winter with illness looming, is cod liver oil, and the most whole, unrefined version is fermented.  Like Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil.  Fermented Cod Liver oil contains a perfect ratio of vitamin D to vitamin A, which is necessary for optimal absorption of both vitamins.  And while most processed versions either have little vitamin A or have replaced it with synthetic vitamin A (because most is lost during the processing), fermented cod liver oil retains it's natural nutrient levels.

And one of my favorite blogs, Nourishing Days, is giving away a bottle of Green Pasture's Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil.  Check out the blog for more information on both cod liver oil and healthy eating.

2 comments:

Christopher de Lorie said...

Diet does play its roll. But Diet alone will prevent sickness. A virus is a virus it can only be stopped by an anti virus or time within your system. www.myhumansim.org.uk In any case I can agree with you logic

Brandislee said...

I'm sorry, I meant to say that in the post- that a good diet isn't a 100% guarantee that you won't get sick. But I do believe that the typical western diet weakens the immune system.

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