It’s been said before, “You are what you eat.”
Nutritional Immunology believes the answer to good health lies in the synergy that exists between all the various phytochemicals found in wholesome, natural plant foods. After all, the human race has thrived on these foods for thousands of centuries.
When science looks at the whole foods approach to nutrition, rather than supplementation with specific nutrients, we find one thing becoming clear. Plant foods do not contain single nutrients. They contain hundreds, even thousands, of phytochemicals all of which are taken into the body when we eat them. But research on specific nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, overshadows research into how the myriad phytochemicals in a single plant food, as a whole, interacts with the human body.
In one study involving a 21-day diet including only fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and oils, researchers noted that both men and women improved several risk factors for metabolic and cardiovascular disease—in just 21 days of eating wholesome plant foods. Participants in this study included people with health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes and hypercholesterolemia; some were normal weight, some overweight and some obese; some were vegetarians to begin with, though most were not; some exercised regularly, some did not; and their ages ranged from 20 to 62. In other words, everyone benefitted from this healthy, plant-based diet.
The study2 concluded that a whole food diet
• significantly reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure
• significantly reduced total, LDL, and HDL cholesterol
• reduced insulin, HOMA-IR and C-reactive protein in a clinically meaningful manner
• did not cause any negative effects on blood count or metabolic panel values
• was well-tolerated, and
• may be useful as a nutrition education tool for men and women
Nutritional Immunology believes the answer to good health lies in the synergy that exists between all the various phytochemicals found in wholesome, natural plant foods.
The foods we eat contain all of the nutrients the human body needs. We just need to be proactive about what we choose to eat. Instead of highly processed, fat, salt and sugar-laden foods, we should be choosing a wide variety of healthful plant foods in their wholesome, natural states—apples, broccoli, beans, carrots, oranges, walnuts, sesame seeds, whole grains and the like. Literally thousands of plant foods exist, and each has much to offer the human body. Don’t be fooled into thinking that a single daily multivitamin is all you need to be healthy!