Boost your immune system-the basics first:
Boost your immune system with the #1 best protein source!
Proper diet is crucial to disease prevention and optimal well-being, energy, sleep, looks, mood, brain health and more. There is more to a “proper diet” than just eating what you think are “balanced meals”. A great diet is one of the keys to a great immune system.
Cancer is an immune mediated disease which is largely preventable. Heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other “free-radical-dependent “diseases are pretty much preventable with things which are under the “rule” of your immune system.
Brain health is dependent on having a well-functioning immune system. And guess what, having perfect GI tract health determines everything from weight to a way to boost your immune system to brain health!
What you weigh and what you look like is largely based on whether or not you bother to boost your immune system. If you get your immune system functioning well you are on the way to good health for life.
The function and basic strength of your immune system wanes with age starting at age 30. A non-optimized immune system puts you at risk for more cold and flus. Not a huge deal. But cancer is an immune mediated disease-a big deal.
Many people think cancer is something you just catch-is “luck”-is hereditary and if so, you can do nothing about it. WRONG!
We optimize the function of the immune system by first taking care of inflammation and oxidative stress:
Get rid of inflammation: Eat an anti-inflammatory diet and here’s more:
Foods and drinks to avoid because they actually depress your immune system :
Sugar, fruit juice, diet and regular soda, refined carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, pasta), “low fat” labeled foods, high starch vegetables such as white potatoes (white on inside) and corn, and all processed meats (bacon, hot dogs, etc.) as well as all processed foods. This doesn’t mean all packaged foods but DO read the ingredients carefully because many packaged foods are indeed processed- and full of “stuff” that will undermine your efforts to boost your immune system.
Important note: You must eat MORE omega 3 anti-inflammatory acids (found in fatty fish such as salmon and sardines) and less omega 6 inflammatory fatty acids (found in meats and milk). This is one reason I support a Mediterranean diet over a Paleo diet -too many inflammatory omega 6’s. This applies only if you do not stick to grass-fed meat, pastured eggs, etc. Normalize your weight and if you need information and products just search this site.
Fix your Oxidative Stress! And yes you DO have it!
Oxidative stress is the opposite of how many servings of fruits/veggies you eat daily. And then we thow in for good measure things like pollution, sunlight and air travel.
Even the amount of exercise you do is a factor. “OS” is the opposite of how high the levels of anti-oxidant vitamins are in your organs.
In humans, oxidative stress is involved in the development of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, and more!
This can be measured but it’s often expensive to do so. But EVERYONE has it-take the quiz on the home page when you’re done- so measurement is hardly needed. If you are not eating 15 servings of organic non GMO fruits/veggies per day and have exposure to pollution, toxins or sunlight or you fly more than 2x a year you HAVE it. If you smoke cigarettes you have it big big time.
For a shortcut our solution is the reds/greens powders found in the store (oxidative-stress-solutions) which is used by me, my family, patients and AWS annual consultation members because we just plain can’t eat enough!
But everyone knows that if they drinks their reds/greens they will get less colds, flus, and even that short term relief makes everyone just “go for it.” Over the years, patients appreciate that while their friends are getting diseases, they are NOT. (Nothing negative about their friends meant of course).
We also use supplements and make sure inflammation is under control as well so search this blog for more information on this, too. So do what you can to get rid of your inflammation and “OS” to boost your immune system and then boost it some more be sure you get the best whey protein for your immune system. Here’s how.
Boost your immune system with whey protein powder:
As we age, our bodies gradually lessen production of critical amino acids—the essential proteins you need for a perfect energy level due to ATP production, immune function, and muscle building. Those aminos are bodybuilding secrets– you tank up on leucine, valine and isoleucine to build more lean body mass.
It’s something that is rarely addressed but believe it or not, the healthiest protein, “done right” is whey protein. Yes, indeed-healthier than fish, grass-fed beef, you name it. Whey protein which is considered “high quality”-I’ll tell you how to discern what/how to buy, don’t worry.
Anyway, high quality whey protein contains all the essential amino acids, and has the highest protein quality rating among all proteins to making it a valuable food to become healthy, stay healthy and avoid disease. It is the protein with the highest amount of those three amino acids I mentioned above which are bcaa bodybuilding “gold” and also help you stay lean and slim. Rememeber one thing if nothing else- you want whey concentrates NOT whey isolates.
Health Benefits of Whey Protein
Whey protein has undergone extensive study, revealing an impressive array of benefits, as discussed in an article by Authority Nutrition.
Being a high-quality, easily digestible protein, it’s an ideal complement to strength training promoting both muscle growth and human growth hormone production (HGH).
Studies show whey consumption may also:
Support normal blood sugar levels and boost insulin sensitivity in those with Type 2 Diabetes.
Help to lower blood pressure if you’re overweight and/or hypertensive.
Boost not just your immune system but glutathione levels too (read details as to why this is crucial here).
Reduce inflammation in the body.
Reduce inflammation associated with inflammatory bowel disease.
Help to normalize your weight. Not only is whey protein very filling, thereby reducing hunger pangs, it also boosts metabolism and is considered one of the foods that speed up metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories. It is a must-have on all good diet plans.
It, of all protein sources with apologies to the meat eating bodybuilders who “didn’t get the whey memo” helps maintain muscle mass while shedding excess fat stores. And again, it IS the BEST of all protein sources.
Whey Products to Avoid like the plague:
Whey proteins derived from ultrapasteurized milk and/or processed using acid. Heat and acid damages the protein and makes it insoluble in water. This is one of the key ways to differentiate high quality whey protein from inferior ones.
Whey protein isolates. All whey protein isolates are absent of important nutritional co-factors. These include naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, and fats, which are lost in the processing. Additionally once the fat has been removed from whey protein isolate, you lose some of the most important components of its immunological (and brain protective) properties, such as phosphatidylserine, phospholipids, and conjugated linoleic acid.
Check your whey protein from, say GNC- it’s likely an “isolate”. Ditch it.
Products containing genetically modified soy lecithin, propylene glycol,polysorbate 80, maltodextrin, ethoxylated mono-diglycerides, caseinates, hydrolyzed proteins (often-MSG in disguise).
Also check how your whey is sweetened. We don’t want sugar, and/or artificial sweeteners like and sucralose and aspartame. Stevia is the only acceptable sweetener.
So which one DOES boost your immune system ?
Whey protein concentrate: High quality whey protein concentrates contain glutamylcysteine, the major precursor to glutathione.
Cold pressed, minimally processed.
It needs to be made from unpasteurized (raw) milk from grass fed cows= water soluble, and highly digestible.
Look for medium chain fatty acids (MCTs), not long chain fatty acids.
Look for Certified organic and naturally sweetened**, with a creamy texture and mild flavor. No hormones, chemicals, sugar or sugar substitutes but *** pure stevia leaf extract is OK.
Final note-how I use my whey protein concentrate:
I’m in hurry and need to use a shaker cup like you get in your AWS annual consultation membership welcome packet: Almond milk, 2 scoops,a TBSP of dark cocoa powder+ a packet of pure stevia or a TBSP of PB powder +stevia=put in shaker cup, shake and go!
I’m not in a hurry and can enjoy: Almond milk, fresh/frozen with no additives organic berries (you can get this in most grocery stores now), and I use tons to make a slushy drink, one packet of pure stevia because I like things sweet- YUM! The perfect breakfast drink or whenever drink in fact!