It’s Immunodeficiency Week and here at The Fit Lab we are recognising the ways that Exercise and Nutrition affect your immune system. Proper nutrition and physical activity are an important part of managing normal healthy lifestyle as well as boost your immunity to keep infections at bay!
Malnutrition or a diet lacking in one or more nutrients can impair the production and activity of immune cells and antibodies which can make you susceptible to infections and illnesses. Eating enough nutrients as part of a varied diet is required for the health and function of all cells, including immune cells. Certain dietary patterns may better prepare the body for microbial attacks and excess inflammation. Each stage of the body’s immune response relies on the presence of many micronutrients. Eating a balanced diet with a variety of foods, including grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and dairy products provide your body with micronutrients that have been identified as critical for the growth and function of immune cells include vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, selenium and iron.
Diets that are limited in variety and lower in nutrients, such as consisting primarily of ultra-processed foods can negatively affect a healthy immune system. Research also shows that our typical western diet high in refined sugar and red meat and low in fruits and vegetables can promote disturbances in healthy intestinal microorganisms, resulting in chronic inflammation of the gut, and associated suppressed immunity therefore increased risk of infections. A healthy diet full of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) can boosts the immune system’s ability to fight infection.
If you or a family member have an immunodeficiency condition, contact our Allied Health team for tailored advice and guidance to meet your minerals and vitamin requirements to help your immunity. Contact us on 07 4638 7645 or come in and see us for more information.