Healthy Eating Supports Immunological Health Part 1

How has the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home order impacted your mood, health, exercise pace and relationships? Have you begrudgingly made the unexpected shift from driving to and from work to now attending virtual meetings in your pajamas or maybe your gym clothes? How are you protecting your physical and immunologic health? Just wondering out loud…have you found yourself snacking more and exercising less?

According to Dr. Vinayak Kumar, a “Gallup report found that social distancing measures are contributing to poor diet and exercise habits. Only 14% of U.S. adults had improved exercise, while 38% of adults said they had worse exercise habits. The report also revealed that only 13% of Americans adopted a better diet while sheltering and 28% of adults report a worsening diet.” 1 In order to stay healthy we must do what we can to maintain a robust, hearty and healthy immune system. Research data tell us that exercise coupled with healthy eating, keeping blood pressures and glucose levels within normal ranges and reducing our mental stressors improves one’s immune healthiness.

Choose balance and moderation when eating. Eat more vegetables and fruits! Determine your optimal meal size and frequency? Should you eat 3-6 meals per day or should move your heaviest meal to noon? Drink water over sugary beverages. Choose citrus fruits like fresh blueberries, acai berries, strawberries, papaya or kiwi in addition to grapefruits, oranges, etc. Try adding green vegetables like broccoli, spinach or kale. Cook using bell peppers (red, yellow or orange). Serve more lean protein foods like fish, skinless poultry, tofu, lean beef, eggs, kefir or beans like chickpeas or starches like sweet potatoes! Add fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, anchovies, tuna, sardines or herring.

Note: Please check with your healthcare provider (HCP) before making changes to your diets or nutritional intake if you have any type of pre-existing condition. Types of pre-existing conditions include but not limited to celiac disease, diabetes, issues digesting milk sugars, hypertension, problem eating foods with gluten, chronic renal disease, disrupted gut emptying, food allergies/insensitivities or autoimmune disorders, etc. Also ask your HCP if using raw honey or jaggery is recommended for your medical condition..

MY PRAYER: Dear Father, thank you for providing us a perfect and eternal healing by way of the cross of Jesus. In our earthly bodies, we face stress, worry, anxiety, illness, disease and yes, even death, yet we have forever life in Christ. Jesus as a human being taught us how to deal with stress and illness by praying often, seeking refuge in God’s word and taking care of our bodies. We pray for His wisdom and knowledge along with patience, love and joy to earnestly keep our minds stayed on you. Thank you God for keeping us connected to Christ through all things and times. In His Precious Name, Amen.

3 John 1:2 (ESV)
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.