We could ALL use a little boost when it comes to our immune system.
Because let’s face it. Even if you aren’t worried about the coronavirus anymore, having a little extra help battling whatever illnesses life may decide to throw your way is priceless.
And now, new research reveals a way to get that edge. A method that could allow you to put yourself one step ahead of all kinds of nasty infections.
Plus, if you’re struggling with immune system issues, such as an autoimmune disease, this change just might help dial down that disorder and give you some much-needed breathing room.
But this solution doesn’t start in the pharmacy. It begins in the supermarket.
Activate your body’s T-cells with this meal plan
Back in 2019, T-cells weren’t what you’d call a common topic of conversation. Most people didn’t chat about them over Zoom or get into deep discussions with their spouses about the best way to boost them.
In other words, we didn’t spend a lot of time focused on our immune system.
Over the past year, however, we’ve all received an unwanted crash course in immunology. T-cells, antibodies, memory cells, and more have all found their way into our daily lingo.
More importantly, we’re now constantly looking for ways to support and enhance these essential parts of our immune system.
And that’s what I’ve got for you today. As new research reveals how ditching the modern lifestyle of carb-heavy, over-processed, toxin-laced garbage (you know, the typical Western diet) can activate your immune system like nothing else out there.
Specifically, the study looks at the ketogenic diet.
I’m sure you’ve heard of so-called Keto by now. In fact, I’ve even written about this healthy lifestyle right here in Healthier Talk many times before. The Keto diet has you eat a minimal amount of carbs to trigger a state called “ketosis.”
When your body no longer has gobs of glucose to use for fuel, it enters ketosis. That’s when it starts to break down fat to form ketones, which it then uses for energy instead.
For the new study on the immune system, volunteers were restricted to 30 grams of carbs per day for three weeks. That’s about a scoop of rice… two slices of white bread… or a single large banana.
In other words, it was a major shift from the typical Western diet, which is loaded with unhealthy sugars and carbs. And WOW, did it pay off big time for the immune system.
Immune system response soared with Keto
After three weeks, the volunteers had measurable changes in those critical immune cells. And it was all thanks to the ketones.
For example, a ketone called BHB enhanced the ability of T-cells to form the cytokines they need for peak function. Plus, the same ketone gave a boost to memory cells improving their ability to fight infections they’d previously encountered.
But the immune system benefits didn’t end there. Those same Keto-triggered ketones charged up the mitochondria or the battery inside each cell that provides the energy needed for optimal performance.
Incredibly, the researchers confirmed the changes they were seeing in the volunteer’s immune systems in a lab dish. Blood samples taken from the participants retained their new “supercharged” properties.
The ketone-enhanced T-cells gathered needed energy more quickly and responded more efficiently to infectious threats.
Keep it low carb to boost your immune system
Now I realize the Keto diet may not be everyone’s cup of tea. After all, we’re all a bit addicted to the carb-heavy Western diet. So it can feel tough to follow at first.
But the truth is all those carbs are dragging us down, leaving us overweight, sluggish, and more prone to infection. Plus, switching to low-carb eating has bunches of other proven benefits beyond boosting your immune system.
Studies back Keto’s ability to improve blood sugar, blood pressure, memory, and more. So it may be worth trying for many folks.
Just be sure to stick with it for more than a few weeks. That’s when Keto veterans say everything “clicks.” It becomes easier to follow, and you start to feel fantastic.
If you find the full ketogenic diet isn’t for you, don’t give up. You can still reap some of those immune system benefits but cutting back on empty carbs, dropping the ultra-processed junk, and focusing on natural foods instead.
And even folks who aren’t on a strict Keto diet can still use this “Keto cheat” to trigger ketosis.
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