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December 01, 2020 3 min read

Your body is a healing machine...

It knows how to heal itself, all you have to do is provide it the tools it needs to do the work it was designed to do.

And if you know how to build a healthy and strong immune system…

...your body will do everything it needs to do to keep you healthy for years to come.

From fighting off viruses and bacteria to healing chronic diseases

But the best part?

…if you know how to build and maintain a healthy immune system you’ll never have to worry about the clickbait news stories designed to scare you and keep you living in fear.

If you don’t want to read any further and just want the short version...

Here’s what to do:

  1. Reduce stress in your life.

  2. Sleep well.

  3. Stay hydrated.

  4. Meditate or do yoga.

  5. Exercise outside.

  6. Maintain a healthy weight.

  7. Eat more fibrous plants. Think you eat enough? Rest assured you need to eat more fiber.

  8. Eat more cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and arugula because they help build a strong immune system. You can learn more about them here, here, and here.

  9. Eat more mushrooms. 

  10. Eat more garlic and onions. Garlic and onions help to build a strong immune system, and you can learn more about it here.

  11. Eat more antioxidant and Vitamin-C rich fruits like dark berries and citrus fruits. You can read more about their effects on your immune system here, here, and here.

It really is that simple.

But for those who'd like a more detailed explanation of how it works, let’s get started...

Your body is an amazing ecosystem that's teeming with trillions of different types of bacteria. Some live on your skin and some live in your gut, some bacteria are beneficial to us and help to heal our bodies, and others cause disease and decay.

The majority of your immune system is built in your gut

Your gut microbiome is one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. It's connected to your brain via the vagus nerve, which is often referred to as the gut-brain axis. You can think of the vagus nerve like the main communication superhighway in your body.

The bacteria in your gut not only control the release of many feel-good chemicals like serotonin, but they also control your cravings...

When they are hungry, they send a signal to your brain via the vagus nerve essentially saying ‘feed me!’ And because bacteria are thought to be the first life form on earth, the bacteria in your gut are not only much older than you, but they are also much smarter too.

It's true...

You may not know this, but those trillions of bacteria in your gut are able to adapt to new food sources quickly and efficiently, so trying to fool them is a fool's game.

The best bet is to rely on the most abundant scientific research and feed your friendly gut bacteria the foods they thrive on so they can help keep you healthy and strong.

Because those trillions of bacteria eat the same food you eat, which is great news, because that means all you have to do is feed them what they thrive on and your chances of staying healthy goes way up! 

And the biggest body of evidence-based research says the friendly bacteria thrive on fibrous plants. Lots and lots of fibrous plants.

Here’s what those bacteria love to eat:

  • Green leafy vegetables

  • Starchy vegetables

  • Cruciferous vegetables

  • Fruit

  • Mushrooms

  • Onions and garlic

  • Whole grains like oatmeal, muesli, and much more...

But that’s not all…

Building a diverse gut microbiome and healthy immune system comes not only from eating a wide variety of fibrous plants, but also from being out in nature and exposing your body to different ecosystems.

So go for a walk outside

Go to the beach, or to the mountains, or go to the park…

And breathe it all in.

Because it all helps to create a diverse gut microbiome that strengthens your immune system.

So remember...

...your body is a healing machine.

It knows what to do, you just have to give it what it needs to heal itself and fight off invaders.

Like lots of water, green leafy vegetables, tubers, and delicious tropical fruits...

And one last thing…

Fear is a great motivator...

It’s been used to control populations and societies for thousands of years, and today is no different. But today fear is used by the media to drive advertising revenue and move stock markets...

Of course, it's smart to be proactive and be cautious...

But if you know how to build a strong immune system you can keep yourself healthy you don’t have to live in fear…

‘To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders’ -Lao Tzu