We (modern society) 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? We trace it back to lifestyle and nutrition. 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 an ecosystem. Health is a holistic perspective. When I am treating a person with a weak immune system I seek to understand why this person is sick, to find the root cause of the disease and not only treat the symptoms all the while trying to boost and re build the immune system
I will look to understanding if there are food allergies, food intolerances, use of medications that might be causing the symptoms or perhaps lifestyle choices that could be impacting a person’s health.
A nutritionist’s 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. This diet should suit a person’s lifestyle, goals and symptoms.
Symptoms of weak immune system
- You keep getting sick – anyone around you has a cold you are the first one to catch it and it usually progresses to a full blown flu.
- 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 and mood
- In children- failure to grow- 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 is where you can find zinc. Brazil nuts, tuna, beef is where you can find selenium.