As we head into what is commonly know as the flu season there is a bombardment of flu shot advertisements and solicitations to... get a flu shot. Recently making a purchase at Walgreens the cashier asked me if I wanted to purchase a flu shot. “No thank you,” I said and added, “Nor do I intend to.” Great lengths are being made to sell us this product. In the end it is luckily still our decision whether or not to get a flu shot.
While the flu shot can have serious side effects there is another way you can probably protect yourself from the flu that has no side effects. Do what I did. Strengthen your immune system via food choice. Yes, your diet directly works to build up or tear down your immune system. I'd have to say the best decision I made was to go dairy free along with eating a whole food plant based food back in 1995. My choice was a desire to clear up the adult acne I'd been dealing with for over 5 years. Up until then I suppose I was like everyone else getting the common cold and flu sometimes more that a few times a year. Once I removed dairy; milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, ice cream and it's derivatives like whey and casein, etc. I discovered that besides my allergy symptoms of acne and sinus discomfort disappearing those pesky bouts of the common cold and flu disappeared too. I found I just wasn't getting sick anymore. This had to be more than a coincidence.
I raised my kids on this dairy free lifestyle too. They were constantly on antibiotics for the common allergy symptoms of ear infections, bronchitis, asthma and bacterial infections. Once they stopped eating dairy they were no longer suffering from their allergy symptoms or the common cold and flu. No more missed days of school. No more sad sick kids. No more visits to the doctor. Doesn't that sound great for you too!
Through reading and studies I will attribute this to my immune system using little to no energy dealing with the negative effects of ingested germs like the necessary functions to combat inflammation and bacteria from the dairy. So instead of my immune system protecting me from food it has full strength to spend protecting me from what it should protect me from, outside germs, airborne virus and bacteria. Question: Do you want your immune system to protect you from the food you choose to eat or from the bacterias and viruses in the world?
Dairy has a few serious contradictions to good health you should consider:
High in Hormones, even if organic
Eating dairy free is easy these days. Most grocery stores offer wholesome dairy alternatives. It's also simple to substitute dairy free equivalents in almost all of your favorite recipes.
Please give a dairy free lifestyle a try and see for yourself.
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