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 air travel up, family gatherings on the rise, and kids heading back to school, we’re also seeing anecdotal upticks of viral infections including COVID, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), and the flu. While we’re not even in peak fall/winter viral season, this is a great time to help our immune systems get in good fighting shape. We can do this by embracing healthy daily lifestyle choices, especially with food, nutrients, and meal timing. 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 can both reduce the incidence and severity of viruses much in the same way you can reverse or prevent autoimmune conditions by addressing these FIGHTS factors:
Start with Food
Food is a big root cause category of autoimmune conditions. And 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 those 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. 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 worsen as we head into fall and winter months. For those of us with underlying health conditions like autoimmune challenges, the risk for worse outcomes with COVID continues to be real. The best time to take proactive action to safeguard your health is 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 eat sugar and processed food is a choice to block your immune system from functioning for up to 5 hours after eating it. Or, you can choose delicious, nutrient-dense foods like the 35 Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) recipes I include in my book, Beat Autoimmune and know you are both healing from autoimmune challenges and helping yourself become resilient to COVID and other viral threats.
What’s your experience healing with food?
Take good care!
P.S. If you want my personal help and are ready, willing, and able to invest in your best health, I offer Functional Natural Medicine Health Transformation Programs over Zoom. I collaborate with skilled naturopathic doctors who are expert in resolving autoimmune root causes like gut disorders, chronic infections, toxic burdens, and hormonal imbalances. Together we provide comprehensive, customized treatment plans, and collaborative, caring support. If you are ready to beat autoimmune and reclaim your best life you are welcome to book a 30–minute consultation with me to gain clarity, confidence, and explore the possibility of working together. Note that discovery calls and programs are limited to people in the continental U.S. (except NY due to state laws).
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