What we eat influences our health both in the short and long term. In the short term, our eating habits can influence the body’s ability to resist and fight infection. Healthful diets reduce risk of chronic inflammation and support the gut microbiome and keys in healthy immune function.
How does nutrition impact the function of our immune system?
Changes in our vascular function, improving delivery of crucial nutrients to cells, bone marrow (etc.)
Optimizes the balance between PRO and ANTI-inflammatory responses
A strong immune system essentially allows the immune system to:
More effectively fend off pathogens
More effectively recover if infected
Secondary Effects of Nutrition
Obesity, Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, Hypertension and Heart Disease
Compromised Immune Function
High Risk & Poor Health Outcomes
What Nutrients are Critical for a Well Functioning Immune System?
(Nutrients work in conjunction with one another; are all needed!)
Functional Foods with Possible Health Benefits
Phytochemicals with Anti-Viral Properties (Hint: these come from plants! )
What then is the best diet to protect our health and maintain healthy immune function?
Researchers consistently find a diet rich in whole plant foods that provide a variety of nutrients is one of the best ways to support health. Nutrients from whole plant foods work synergistically with one another. The diets that prevent chronic disease also support our immune system. They are rich in fresh foods, vegetables and fruits, and low in processed foods such as fast food and items high in sugar, oils, and salt. Include abundant amounts of these foods to support your health.
WHOLE PLANT FOODS
FRUITS & VEGETABLES
NUTS, SEEDS, AVOCADO, OLIVES, COLD PRESSED OILS
Let's eat to good health!
Kristin is a runner, sports dietitian, and foodie. She's also been plant based for 25 years!