“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6 (NIV)
Only the insane and three-year-old boys believe they can leap off tall buildings and fly. Gravity is obvious because it’s immediate. Other laws of nature aren’t as instant or apparent.
Health is such an area. Those with a healthy constitution often don’t feel the effects of bad habits for years. Their good genes cushion their fall like soft hay protects the jumping boy. But like much of life what we eat has a cumulative effect on our health or lack of. Problems come when occasional indulgences become daily habits.
“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1 Cor. 6:12 (NASB)
God created our bodies and provided the fuel for good health. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, an internationally recognized physician, author, and “nutritarian” has a simple acronym to help you remember the super foods that have been shown to boost the body’s immune system. You can listen to his interview here.
According to Dr. Fuhrman, G-BOMBS form your immune system special forces. They offer dramatic protection against cancer, heart disease, and infections. Any one of them added to your diet can cause a 55-85% reduction in cancer risk. Imagine the benefit from eating a diet rich in all of these foods.
Dr. Fuhrman talked about some of the amazing immune enhancing benefits these foods have demonstrated against cancer.
Greens—5 weekly servings of cruciferous greens showed a 40% reduction in cancer
Beans—don’t allow diseased cells to replicate (Too bad cocoa beans are not in this group 🙂 )
Onions—55-85% reduction in cancer rate
Mushrooms—only 1/day showed a 64% reduction of breast cancer
Berries—prevent viral replication and shown to help reverse early stage cancers
Seeds—71% decreased mortality rate over a 10 year period among those who already had breast cancer
Dr. Fuhrman pointed out that the typical American diet is high in processed foods and causes poor immunity. Americans get 62% of their calories from processed foods.
One of my university nutrition teachers said white bread was fine to eat as long as it was made with enriched flour. That didn’t make sense to me since another class said our nutrition books were out of date before they were printed. Scientists continue to discover the mysteries packed into whole foods.
Our diets have proven that “enriched” processed foods can’t replace natural foods. Cancer and autoimmune diseases have soared since people began to swap real food with processed substitutes. Eating a full spectrum of the right quality and quantity of natural foods is your best protection against cancer, heart disease, and infections.
Dr. Fuhrman’s report is good news. We don’t have to perish from lack of knowledge. We now know the best foods to boost our immune system and protect our health.
Question: Which of these foods do you find the hardest to regularly eat? Click here to comment.
Deborah W. Wilson
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Great interview and wonderful post. What you said is so true. People think when they are diagnosed with cancer it just happened – it takes YEARS to develop! And what we put into our body by way of nutrition (whether real, whole foods or fake, processed junk), into our hearts/spirits and our minds powerfully affects our overall health. Every thought and belief also have a biochemical response in your system and your body recognizes and efficiently uses real food as fuel to nourish your cells. I hope people begin to understand that what they do on a daily basis makes a huge difference and even if you look and feel great today, if you are putting the wrong things in – eventually illness will result.
Debbie Wilson says
Ann, You are so right. All our mental, spiritual, and physical habits impact our well being. Thank you for adding these great thoughts. I always enjoy reading your posts on wellness and nutrition.
Nina Blevins says
“Problems come when occasional indulgences become daily habits.” I know this is true because I’m living it. Once again I find myself fasting from sugar. Yes, I’m a sugar addict. I don’t know if I will ever be able to “occasionally indulge.” I’m learning the hard way, but I know God can give me the power to overcome. He wants my temple clean and healthy that I might serve Him with the best that I have. Sugar raises my blood pressure, my cholesterol levels and gives me headaches. Thank you for this post. I’m posting this week with a different twist on my blog. New Year’s Blessings, Debbie!
Debbie Wilson says
Nina, I too get addicted to sweets. Last night I was combing the house in search of anything left over from Christmas. This time a year is a struggle for me too.
Pam Payne says
thanks so much good information teaching us how to get our bodies to function at their best. God’s word tells that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and in order for us to serve God we must be in good physical shape. What we put into our bodies/minds has a powerful effect on them . . it’s true that we reap what we sow . ..
Debbie Wilson says
Pam, I say amen to that!
Nina Blevins says
An AMEN, from me, too!