A nutritionist’s key job is to help boost the immune system through a diet that eliminates inflammatory foods and provides a diet rich in antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory foods. A good diet also suits a person’s lifestyle, goals and symptoms.
We are experiencing increasingly high rates of asthma, allergies, eczema, respiratory infections, obesity, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and cancers. These illnesses are occurring in the wealthiest, breast fed, most vaccinated societies in the world. How come? Faulty nutrition, sedentary lifestyles, stress and overstimulation in the environment are all causing us to have immune system disorders. Stress on our system can be defined as processed foods, over-use of medicine, emotional stress and environmental stress such as pollution.
From a nutritional perspective we are overfed but starving on a cellular level. We eat food, but it lacks nutrients that keep us strong and healthy and contains lots of synthetic preservatives, fillers, binders, antibiotics and even hormones which cause us to be weak and sick.
Every human being is not an organism but a healthy ecosystem culminating in a high functioning immune system. When I am treating a person with a weak immune system I seek to understand why this person is sick, to treat the root cause of the disease and not only the symptoms. I look for food allergies, food intolerances and use of medications that might be causing the issue or perhaps lifestyle choices that could be over time dramatically impacting a person’s health.
Symptoms of weak immune system
- You keep getting sick – anyone around you has a cold you are always the first one to catch it and it usually progresses to a full blown illness.
- You suffer from skin rashes, eczema (chicken skin)
- You have asthma
- You have an Autoimmune disorder
- You have food allergies or food intolerances
- You have very little energy
- In children – failure to grow or lack of interest in eating
- Mood and behavioural disorders
Related health issues
- Skin disorders- eczema, acne, rash
- Recurrent respiratory tract infections
- Chronic infections
- Low energy, lethargy
- Depression and low mood
- Sleep disturbances
- Autoimmune disorders
- Food allergies and food intolerances
- Gastro intestinal distress – Gut dysbiosis
When it comes to immune boosting, antioxidants are your main allies. They protect the bodies immune cells from damage. ACE are the most familiar antioxidants. Vitamin A helps keep the mucus membranes healthy- stopping germs from getting into the lungs and digestive system. Vitamin A can be found in orange and yellow fruit and veg and organic eggs. Vitamin C can’t prevent or cure a cold but can help reduce the severity. Vitamin E fights the free radical molecules in the body. Other nutrients famous for immune boosting include vitamin D. Studies show that if you are deficient in vitamin D you are more likely to catch a cold. You can get vitamin D from sunlight, oily fish milk and egg yolk. Zinc and selenium are also great in immune boosting and can be found in: red meat, poultry, lentils and beans, nuts, seafood. Whole grains provide zinc. Brazil nuts, tuna, beef is where you can find selenium.