Green Veggie HeartYou have a strong immune system. 

Inside, I was proud. Yeah! 
 
You need to boost your immune system. Make it healthy – healthier. 
 
I gave a blank stare. What?
 
It is strong but it is not healthy.  It is strong because it is fighting… a lot. We need to fix that.
I scoffed talks about healthy lifestyle. I always believed that you gotta live life, enjoy it while you can. Eat food that makes you happy, bond with friends, get wasted. So, the first time I knew I had an immune system problem, one quote immediately came to mind. Regrets do come last. There are no conclusive findings as to where this syndrome stems from but it seems mostly because of one’s lifestyle. 
 
And my lifestyle, well… it has been awesome but downright unhealthy. 
 
After my first LIT, my doctor told me about this article by  Zita West, a famous fertility expert, titled Natural Immunotherapy. The article said that while treatments take you far, one needs to have an overhaul of the our view on things, especially the things we eat. 
 
My husband always said, “You are what you eat.” I hated it because I felt it was so judgmental. I hated it because it went against what I believed in which was to just enjoy life while you can. However, deep inside, I hated it because he was right. 
 
Okay, so going back to the article — this is what it encapsulates — 
 
Food that we need to limit or avoid:
  1. Red, smoked or preserved meats
  2. Vegetable oils  
  3. Hard margarines
  4. Fried food
  5.  Salt
  6. Alcohol
  7. Coffee
  8. Sugar
  9. Refined grains (white flour or white rice)
  10. Biscuits, confectionery, cakes and pastries

Tough? Of course, it is! When I saw this list, I went bonkers. How can I cut down on soft drinks (I had Coke every meal, I had coffee every morning, noon and sometimes, at night, I love steaks and lamb, I love fried food. It is a good thing I don’t like sweets and pastries too much.

So how am I faring with this challenge? Before I go to that, the article outlined some of the things that you can consume instead —

  1. Special mention to avocado
  2. Dairy (in moderation)
  3. Eggs
  4. Fresh onions, garlic and ginger
  5. Fruit juices
  6. Herbal teas
  7. Lean red meat
  8. White meat and poultry
  9. Fruit
  10. Olive oil and olives
  11. Beans and nuts
  12. Seafood and fish
  13. Soy products like tofu
  14. Whole grains and seeds 

I have cut down, significantly. My coffee intake from twice a day has been cut down to, at most, thrice a week or even less. Same thing with my Coke intake. I have been eating more chicken. I haven’t eaten liempo for quite a while and to think that liempo is my all-time favorite.

I am not self-righteous. I still grab that coffee whenever I need a little fix but from 12 cups a week to three has been a significant milestone. To replace Coke with orange juice is a big win.

Of course, there has been a trade-off. Prior to this, I could stay as late as 2AM, sleep for four hours and still feel great the next day.  Now, I could not even keep myself from dozing off  once the clock hits 10 in the evening. I get less time to do things like watch my favorite midnight shows or finish that book I want to read.

But yeah… you gotta do what you gotta do — focus on right priorities. Find the right motivation and you are halfway there.

A complete, happy family — a daddy, a mommy and a baby. That is the only motivation I need.

x

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One Response to “Fixing Your Immune System

  • Thanks for the info. I’ll be starting my lit on june.:)

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