Food isn’t like medicine. Food IS medicine.
— Mark Hyman, MD, Functional Medicine pioneer, and 11-time NY Times Bestselling Author
How F.I.G.H.T.S. Can Help Safeguard Your Health
Immune system experts agree this is the time to help our immune systems function at their peak. We can do this by embracing healthy daily lifestyle choices. While doing research for my bestselling book, Beat Autoimmune, I created a simple way for people to remember the major root cause categories we can control with the abbreviation F.I.G.H.T.S,™ which stands for Food, Infections, Gut health, Hormone balance, Toxins and Stress. It turns out that you prevent COVID-19 much in the same way you reverse or prevent an autoimmune condition:
Start with Food
Food is the number one root cause category of autoimmune conditions. On the flip side, people with autoimmune issues often heal 60% to 100% just by changing what they eat! When you eat inflammatory foods or foods you have developed sensitivities to, your immune system goes on high alert, creating antibodies (missiles) to attack foods (protein molecules) that have breached the gut barrier. When your immune system is distracted by fighting foods, it is not optimized to fight real infections like COVID-19. Food is not just what you eat, it’s how often you eat, which supplements you take, and whether you’re getting harmful pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals with your food and water. Now’s the perfect time to dial in your food, water, and supplements. These are my top autoimmune-beating and immune-strengthening food strategies:
Prevent COVID-19 and Beat Autoimmune with F.I.G.H.T.S.™
These are uncertain and unprecedented times for us all. For those of us with underlying health conditions like autoimmune challenges, the risk for worse outcomes with COVID-19 is real. The time to take proactive action to safeguard your health is right now, and the best place to start is with food.
You have the ability to control your health outcomes largely by choosing what you eat and drink, and when. Your daily food, water and supplement habits are highly consequential. A choice to just give in to sugar and processed food is a choice to block your immune system from functioning for up to 5 hours after eating it. Can you afford to take that risk? Or, you can choose delicious, nutrient-dense food like the 35 Paleo recipes I include in my bestselling book, Beat Autoimmune and know you are both beating autoimmune and preventing COVID-19.
This is arguably one of the best times to prioritize your health and I invite you to use this time wisely. As you see positive results, you’ll find the motivation to address the other F.I.G.H.T.S. factors like gut health, toxins and stress, until you’re living the life you deserve, one of resilience and vibrant health.
When you implement solid strategies to safeguard your health and get your immune system in good fighting shape, you’ll also be protecting your loved ones, neighbors, and the broader community. And that’s a mission worth fighting for.
What’s your experience healing with food?
Take good care!
p.s. Want my help beating an autoimmune condition? If you live the U.S. and are ready, willing, and able to invest in your best health, I offer Functional Medicine Total Health Transformation Programs over Zoom. I collaborate with a naturopath who is an expert in resolving chronic infections and toxic burdens which are almost always part of the autoimmune puzzle. Together we provide comprehensive, customized treatment plans, and collaborative, caring support. Sign up for a complimentary 15 min discovery call to discuss how we might work together. If you’re truly ready to invest in your best health and life, I’d love to work with you.