Staying Immune Healthy Part 2

Earlier this week, you read about the impact stress has upon our metabolic requirements and the need for people to eat healthy foods. Our daily dietary intake influences how our bodies are able to mount an effective immune response against unwanted pathogens like COVID-19. Today, we’ll examine the connection between eating healthy dietary proteins and the effectiveness and availability of our gut to optimize immune integrity.

     “The intestine serves not only as the main site of nutrient absorption and amino acid metabolism,…but [gut immunity actually refers to GALT aka gut-associated lymphoid tissue which is] the largest immune organ in the body of humans and domestic animals, [it] contains a variety of immune cell types…The requirement for protein to support the immune system is well established. [The Merriam-Webster e-dictionary defines amino acids as the primary elements of proteins that are made by living cells or are derived from the chemical breakdown of foods containing proteins.] These amino acids each have unique properties that include, maintaining the integrity, growth and function of the intestine”1 along with regulating specific immune chemicals, pathways and processes that affects the body’s response to cellular injury and trauma or to invading pathogens like the virus implicated in COVID-19 cases. 

     Established research has shown that “protein deficiency suppresses the immune response and increases susceptibility to infection. In fact, protein energy malnutrition is hypothesized to be the leading contributor to immune deficiency globally.”2   

Helpful ways to strengthen your immune system!

Church, the best step towards a healthy gut and overall immune response is to begin a pro-health lifestyle that reduces one’s stress load while promoting wellness! What? Is it really that easy? Yes it is fairly simple, here are some suggestions below!

Read the biblical perspective on disease prevention and wellness in the Book of Leviticus. Learn to eat foods containing all the required amino acids. Eat more fiber-rich foods. Use recipes that combine complete and incomplete protein foodsKeep a healthy weight. Reduce the amount of sugar or salt added to your foods. Drink less sugary beverages. Increase your daily intake of water. Limit your frequency of eating charred meats and veggies. Cook foods correctly. Use extra virgin olive oil. Get an annual physical to identify any health or mental health issues. Don’t smoke or use smokeless tobacco products. Avoid using e-cigarettes or vaping. Protect your eyes, mouth and nose since they are routes used by viruses and pathogens to gain entry into our bodies. Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds! Stay away from sick people. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% rubbing alcohol when you can’t hand wash. Regularly clean high-contact surfaces with household cleaners after contact by people who are sick. Avoid sharing drinking straws, eating utensils or beverage containers. Ask your healthcare provider (HCP) if prebiotics and probiotics are right for you. Enjoy laughing. Find your creative side. Exercise regularly. Rest well. Follow-up on your history of sleep apnea or loud snoring, get help from your HCP! Get socially connected. Thank God for today even when you don’t know how or want to. Forgive more! Pray often.

WORD OF CAUTION: Always speak with your healthcare provider before starting any type of health modifying program or nutritional regimen or changing your current dietary, medical or health practices.

MY PRAYER: Abba Father, in your Holy Word throughout the Book of Leviticus, you spoke to us about disease, pestilence, famine and calamity as well as self-isolation, contact cleaning and quarantine. You provided hope, physical healing and future wellness through surveillance during the ancient days as you are doing now. Help us Lord Jesus to accept that even today there is nothing new under the sun or throughout our lands. We need your restoration and especially your knowledge to survive. Help us to keep your ways and to stay focus on the cross where Jesus bore our sins as our bridge and way maker to eternity. Let us come to you in all times and places. We praise you for tomorrow despite our blindness today. Thank you for your loving grace and compassion for the living and the dead. Come Lord Jesus, lead and direct us for we are in need of your loving mercy. Amen.

SCRIPTURES (ESV)
Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Jeremiah 33:6 – Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.

Cited Source for Quotes1& 2:  
Ruth, M.R. & Field, C.J (2013). The immune modifying effects of amino acids on gut-associated lymphoid tissue. Journal of Animal Science Biotechnology, 4(1), p. 27. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3750756/