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Coronavirus Hype {Episode 216}

Coronavirus, Food as medicine, Health, Nutrition, Functional Medicine

Coronavirus Hype {Episode 216}

**We’ve rebranded to Nuvitru Wellness** Coronavirus is on FIRE right now. The media is getting everyone prepped for Doomsday. Listen in (without the fear-mongering) to learn about the #foodasmedicine and getting your body prepped for no matter WHAT the “new year” virus is!

I do want to touch on foods that weaken the immune system.

This isn’t news to most of you. I’ve previously talked about how sugar and vitamin C use the same cell receptor to get inside the cell + when we’re flooding our bodies with sugar, we don’t allow vitamin C (one of the biggest immune supporters) to get inside the cell. Leaving us full of sugar and deficient in vitamin C.

Sugar consumption can produce inflammation and it can affect the way that your white blood cells target infection. Sugar also impacts our gut microbiome by throwing off the balance between good and bad bacteria – favoring more bad bacteria and yeast overgrowth. Our microbiome plays a bigger role than the immediate gut immune response, but the whole body immune response. If our microbiome is out of wack, other systematic diseases, like cardiovascular disease, allergies, autoimmune conditions, are at an increased risk.

This is why SODA is a big food that weakens the immune system due to the sugar content (and the lack of nutrients). One soda can contain between 5-8 tablespoons of sugar, which people can demolish one or two cans per day!

Processed Food Weakens Immune System

Sugar is a big part of the processed food, but more than anything, processed food takes place of nutrient-dense foods when we consume them. During a time where you need to support your immune system immensely, we need to try and take every hunger pang to FUEL our body with nutrients that support our body versus a food that is nutrient void.

Nutrient void food is empty calories that do NOT serve your body. By the end of the day if you look at what you’ve eaten, you may have gotten minimal nutrients. In the Standard American Diet, this isn’t uncommon. In the processed food category, you’ll find refined carbohydrates. These refined carbohydrates (breads, crackers, pasta , etc.) increase blood sugars and insulin response and increase risk of diabetes. Diabetics have been studied to have lower amounts of Natural Killer Cells. Natural killer cells are a white blood cell and are part of the innate immune response toward viruses and even tumors. They say those with diabetes are at a greater risk with contracting the virus.

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Lahana Vigliano

Lahana Vigliano is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and CEO of Nuvitru Wellness. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition Science and Masters Degree in Nutrition Science and Functional Medicine. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Clinical Nutrition. Lahana and her team help support women who struggle with weight loss, hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, and many other lingering issues that leaves women not feeling their best. She uses food as medicine, as well as herbs and supplements when needed, to support her clients. She looks at the whole body holistically making sure women are understanding how nutrition, sleep, stress, and their environment impact their health. Connect with her on Facebook + Instagram (@nuvitruwellness).