Another big deal, in addition to oxygen circulating to all your tissues, is the immune system. When you consider this "system" protects you from everything from a common cold to cancer, or that the health of said "system" determines how quickly you will recover from the flu, or cancer, you know it must be a biggie.
I just read that the because of our incredible immune system, a healthy person contracts 100 times more illnesses than she'll ever have symptoms for. That means we are sick - without knowing it - a lot. That also means our immune system works nonstop, and then some.
But did you know that the way we eat can boost our immunity? Or, perhaps more often, the way we eat can impair our immunity?
Studies, and especially individual testimonies, show that even the most dreaded, or undiagnosible diseases can be completely healed by restoring the immune system through proper nutrition. As a nutritionist, I've heard enough of these testimonials to be a believer. I'd like to share a few with you...
The first is from a nutrition student of mine. She was extremely sick with lupis, which was treated with chemotherapy for 1 & 1/2 years, and was about to start dialysis... until she changed her diet abruptly. She began to only eat whole plant foods: fruit, veg.s, whole grains and legumes. Within a month she was able to discontinue her chemo, as well as half of her 25 medications, and never had to start dialysis since her kidneys started functioning properly all "on their own". She says her energy came back and her life was restored completely. Go figure.
Since lupis is an auto-immune disease, her immune system stopped attacking her kidney cells when she changed her diet.
Another woman I know had hyperthyroidism. The doctor wanted to remove her thyroid, but since she didn't have cancer, she refused to surrender this important organ. She spoke with a holistic nutritionist who told her to eat a plant-based diet because once she nourished her immune system, it would be able to fight the disorder itself. She did, and it did. Her hyperthyroidism went away. Amazed all the medical staff.
Last one: a man I know was suffering all kinds of crazy, undiagnosible symptoms. He went to the Weimar Institute (a Seventh-Day Adventist health institute, where patients are put on a plant-based diet). After a few weeks there, all his symptoms were gone. Gone.
So hopefully, those of you reading this will never have to experience these problems. Hopefully, you'll start (or continue) to nourish your immune system so it fights off each and every remotely possible disorder. And hopefully, you'll appreciate this amazing mechanism, because there are many who have lost theirs entirely, all around the world.
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