The Farmer's Wife
GUESS WHAT YOU HAVE!?
I have great news for you…
Did you know you were made with a MASSIVELY complex super-network of body-supporting “good guys” who exist to fight for your health!?
Maybe you've heard that before… but have you really stopped to think about it?
Just for ONE second.
You have an immune system!!!! ...WOW!!
Sometimes we forget about our immune system - it's like this old pallet in my backyard. Sure I knew it was there, but I didn't think it was special and I didn't take care of it.
.....But what if I did? What if we pulled it out of the scrap pile and turned it into something amazing? What if I *actually* took care of my immune system so it could serve me better?
Could it turn into something amazing? I know it can. Yours can too... and did you know Raw Milk can dramatically help?
Let's take a look:
The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that “without an immune system, we would have no way to fight harmful things that enter our body from the outside or harmful changes that occur inside our body. The main tasks of the body’s immune system are  to fight disease-causing germs (pathogens) like bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi, and to remove them from the body,  to recognize and neutralize harmful substances from the environment, and  to fight disease-causing changes in the body, such as cancer cells.” (1)
If that doesn’t wow you, I’m not sure what could.
It’s like your body houses a whole hospital of disease fighting super-doctors whose main job is to remove, neutralize and fight things that could hurt you!
Humor me and imagine if they actually lived in your house; watched you while you slept; sat at the table with you; followed you to work… “Oh- don’t mind them.. that’s just Dr. Antibacterial and Dr. Antivirus… they work together with Dr. Anti-parasite and Dr. Antifungal to take care of anything that might hurt me.” :) :) “Excuse me… Could you scootch over for Dr. Harmful Substance Neutralizer? His job is pretty important. Oh… and Dr. Anti disease…he needs a chair as well... He’s *kind of* a big deal to me”
Or maybe not.
Stick with me: If you had a house full of doctors on YOUR staff for the express purpose of keeping YOU healthy, it would be in your best interest to keep THEM happy and healthy.
You NEED them to show up for work if they are going to be protecting YOU… right?
Is it any different with our immune system?
The JOB of your immune system IS TO HELP YOU.
So - are we helping it? - or are we expecting it to work for free?
Last time I checked, doctors don’t work for free :)
If you’re like me, I want to give those little guys everything they need to do an excellent job.
So how can we do that?
So glad you asked!!
Dr. Axe says “switching up your diet is one of the best strategies regarding how to support your immune system health naturally.” (2)
Maybe that feels too overwhelming though.
I see you. I’ve already changed 1,000 dirty diapers this week, I haven’t showered today and I’m not sure what’s for dinner.
I GET it.. I’m a mom.
But guess WHAT lovely, wonderful mom, friend?!
“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger.” (3)
Did you catch that?! “THE SEED OF EVERY HABIT IS A SINGLE TINY DECISION!”
I can’t overhaul my whole diet overnight, but I CAN do ‘a single tiny decision.’
Obviously there are many facets (and many foods!) that support our immune system, but you know which one I’m most excited about recently? Raw milk! (And don't get me started on kefir!;)
Dr. Axe explains that : “Some of the main reasons that over 10 million Americans now drink raw milk on a regular basis include the following raw milk benefits”
Healthier skin, hair and nails
Stronger immune system
Increased bone density
Help building lean muscle mass
Better digestion (4)
Um…. Can I get a WOW!?!
Are you telling me that the single tiny decision of drinking raw milk could dramatically benefit your immune system? Yes, I am. And studies show: It does!
Check it out:
5 Immune System Benefits of Raw Milk
(from people who are smarter than me :)
1. Overall Immune Support
According to a 2019 study on Diet and Immune function, “Nutrition is of prime importance in strengthening the immune system." (5) Raw milk plays a very important part in building and strengthening both the innate and adaptive immune systems.” (6)
2. Lung Health/Asthma Prevention
“There are multiple peer-reviewed, scientific studies which correlate raw milk with improved lung health, both in childhood and adulthood.” (7)
I want the strongest possible lungs for ANY sickness I may be exposed to.
Why not use raw milk to strengthen ours?!
According to the PARSIFAL study of over 14,800 European children, “regardless of which environment the children lived in, those children who drank raw milk had significantly lower rates of asthma than children who did not drink raw milk.”
3. Protective against respiratory infections
According to the The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, “Early life consumption of raw cow's milk reduced the risk of manifest respiratory infections and fever by about 30%”
I grew up with asthma, allergies, and “weak” lungs. I was constantly fighting
respiratory infections every time I got a cold. You better believe I’m going to try everything I can to help my kids have a different story than mine.
Respiratory infections are too scary to be taken lightly and they are far too life-prohibitive to call normal. According to the study below, raw milk can help protect against those respiratory infections. (7)
4. Allergy Prevention
No one likes allergies. As a child/young adult, I used to have debilitating seasonal allergies. When our kids (or ourselves) can’t function, we often turn toward allergy drugs (which I’m THANKFUL to have). But what if there was a more natural answer?
According to the PMC U.S. National Library of Medicine, “There is no doubt that the components of raw milk can influence the immune function...Undoubtedly, even if the final understanding of the role of raw cow’s milk seems to be a distant prospect, it is one of the most intriguing and promising paths to be studied in allergy prevention.”(8)
5. Super Food Material: aka - Let's make some KEFIR!
If you want to strengthen your immune system, super-foods [Like Raw Kefir] are your FRIEND.
Raw milk kefir is ridiculously easy to make, and incredibly good for you.
“[It] is a powerful immune-building food which has been shown to stimulate and modulate the immune system, have a beneficial effect on the composition of the gut microbiome, and reduce allergies. [It] has also been shown to reduce the duration of respiratory infections and colds in the elderly.” (9)
Kefir is “packed full of beneficial bacteria that can colonize the intestinal tract and can help to support optimal digestive health and boost immunity.” (10)
But Where Could I get Such a Thing?!
Glad you asked - we hear you!
How would it feel to know you were boosting your family's immune system with every meal?
How would you feel if you were CONDIFENT and *proud* about your nutrition?
What could you do if you had a healthier, stronger body?
--What if all that was easy?
That's where we come in.
We exist to support YOUR health and awesomeness through our meticulously hand-crafted raw milk. It's just that simple.
Visit our website and drop your email there to learn more!
At the end of the day, we’d all agree that our immune systems are exceptionally important.
So why not do everything we can to make them strong?
Hey friend! Look at you!
You just read a whole blog about purposeful Nutrition. You're Amazing!
You're done with the first step :)
Thanks so much for reading.
If you don't know me, I'm Liz Gerdes, and I'd like to be your cheerleader.
I'm a SE MN dairy farmer and friend to anyone who needs one.
I help moms feel awesome about what they feed their families with farm fresh milk!
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