How Nutrition supports Healthy Immunity Protection Against COVID 19
If you have been with me for a while you will know that there is no better way to either remain healthy or overcome ill-health and disease than with the food you eat. When I first commenced practicing Naturopathic Medicine for many of my clients I was there last hope of becoming well. bit scary for both of us.
Food was always the first place that I began working with them. These were the main reasons:
1: Every one has to eat, so it didn’t detract from the family budget.
2: It was relatively easy to implement simple, yet effective changes.
3: And it worked.
Here is Why and How Nutrition supports your Immune System
The immune system is the body’s integrated response that provides protection against pathogenic organisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and many underlying causative factors of disease). To deal with this array of threats, the immune system has evolved to include a myriad of specialised cell types, communicating molecules and functional responses.
The immune system is always active, carrying out surveillance, but its activity is enhanced if a person becomes infected. This heightened activity is accompanied by an increased rate of metabolism, requiring energy sources, processes for biosynthesis and regulatory molecules, which are all ultimately derived from your diet.
A number of essential vitamins such as (A, B6, B12, folate, C, D and E) and trace elements (zinc, copper, selenium, iron) have been found to have key roles in supporting the human body’s immune system and reducing risk of infections.
Eat a Rainbow of Colours in your vegetables and fruit and never have a vitamin deficiency in these vitamins. Food sources of A, B. C, E and D vitamins include animal products such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, coconut derived products, green leafy vegetables, pumpkin, carrots, sweet potato, purple vegetables, citrus fruits, apples, bananas, watermelon, rockmelon, berries, figs, nuts and seeds.
Two other essential nutrients found in the foods mentioned are zinc and selenium. Each of the nutrients named above has roles in supporting antibacterial and antiviral defence, but zinc and selenium seem to be particularly important for the latter. It would seem common sense for individuals to consume a minimum of 4 – 5 servings of these foods mentioned per day. This would provide their body with all the essential nutrients to support a healthy immune system.
This is known as preventative, curative medicine and food as medicine, as it protects and helps the body to heal and deal with pathogens should they become infected.
The gut microbiota plays an important role in educating and regulating the immune system. Gut dysbiosis is a feature of disease including many infectious diseases and has been described in COVID-19.
Dietary approaches to achieve a healthy microbiota can also benefit the immune system. Severe infection of the respiratory epithelium can lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), characterised by excessive and damaging host inflammation, termed a cytokine storm. This is seen in cases of severe COVID-19. There is evidence from ARDS in other settings that the cytokine storm can be controlled by n-3 fatty acids, possibly through their metabolism to specialised pro-resolving mediators.
Here are 11 Foods that you can Eat for a Healthy Gut Microbiota
3: Coconut Yoghurt
4: Apple Cider Vinegar
6: Wild Salmon
8: Coconut Oil
Add two to three of these foods per day to your diet for a Healthy Gut
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