Food isn’t like medicine. Food IS medicine.
— Mark Hyman, MD, Functional Medicine pioneer, and 13-time NY Times Bestselling Author
How F.I.G.H.T.S.™ Can Help Safeguard Your Health
With the trifecta of viruses swirling all around, this is a great time to help our immune systems function at their peak. We can do this by embracing healthy daily lifestyle choices. In my book, Beat Autoimmune, I share a powerful framework of the major root cause categories we can control called F.I.G.H.T.S,™ which stands for Food, Infections, Gut health, Hormone balance, Toxins and Stress. It turns out that you prevent or reduce the likelihood of viruses like COVID-19, the flu, and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) much in the same way you can reverse or prevent an autoimmune condition:
Start with Food
Food is a BIG root cause category of autoimmune conditions. On the flip side, people with autoimmune issues often heal 60% to 80%, and sometimes 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 infections like COVID. 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 Infections and Beat Autoimmune with F.I.G.H.T.S.™
The threat of viral infections may be worse during these winter months. For those of us with underlying health conditions like autoimmune challenges, the risk for worse outcomes with COVID-19 continues to be 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 Amazon #1 bestselling book, Beat Autoimmune and know you are both beating or preventing autoimmune and preventing COVID and other viral threats.
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 to beat autoimmune without doctors, drugs, or drama? I did and reversed a two-decade course of MS. In this FREE, 4-Part video training series I teach you all I know about how to heal completely so you can get on with your best life as soon as possible. Sign up and watch Video #1 right away: https://beatautoimmuneacademy.com/free-video-training/