Super Immunity | Joel Fuhrman

Summary of: Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free
By: Joel Fuhrman

Introduction

In ‘Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free’, Dr. Joel Fuhrman delves into the incredible healing power of phytochemicals, found in particular plants, and their vital role in human health and immune function. The book highlights how modern diets full of animal products and processed foods have led to a decline in phytochemical intake, negatively impacting the immune system. Drawing on research and a holistic approach, Fuhrman explores in great detail the role of superfoods, crucial nutrients, and supplements in boosting our immune system, warding off disease, and promoting overall health and well-being.

Healing Foods

Throughout history, humans have understood the healing power of certain foods, and advancements in biology have allowed us to pinpoint why this is the case. Phytochemicals, chemicals found in particular plants, are essential for human bodies and are vital for keeping our immune system in working order. Studies suggest that phytochemicals can even reduce the risk of contracting AIDS. However, today, as little as 10 percent of the average American diet is made up of vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, and seeds, with white flour and processed foods being more prevalent. Our immune systems suffer as a result, and we’ve become increasingly reliant on medical care. But should we be so dependent on medicine when we have the power to heal ourselves with food?

The Limitations of Modern Medical Care

Medical care today is limited by its emphasis on treating symptoms rather than the root cause of disease. Prescription drugs for illnesses like type 2 diabetes often have harmful side effects and do not address the underlying issue of poor diet and exercise. Similarly, vaccinations may not be as effective as commonly believed and can increase the risk of mercury-induced damage to the brain and nervous system. To truly stay healthy, we must take a more proactive approach that prioritizes nutrient-rich “superfoods” and regular exercise.

Superfoods: Our Cancer Crushing Allies

Superfoods are not just any other vegetables; they are packed with nutrients and phytochemicals that help our bodies heal. Studies reveal that an increase in plant foods leads to a decrease in cancer rates. Cruciferous superfoods, in particular, can reduce cancer rates by 40%. These superfoods can disable methylated cells, which give them their cancer-crushing ability. Additionally, they contain isothiocyanates or ITCs that give our immune system an additional boost and protect us from cancer, viruses such as the flu, and bacteria by lifting cell-killing and resistance capabilities. Superfoods are powerful and can protect our natural defenses even when antibiotics can’t keep up.

Healing Without Medicine

Antibiotics and cold medicine are not always the answer to every sickness. Antibiotics destroy vital bacteria in our gut, and cold medicine prolongs illnesses by suppressing our body’s natural healing mechanism. Instead, we should focus on eating the right foods to maintain our health.

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