Vi­ta­mins help fight poor im­mu­nity

Waikato News - - Health & Wellbeing -

Med­i­cal spe­cial­i­sa­tion has led to so many ad­vances in hu­man health that some­times we ig­nore the in­cred­i­ble way the body is in­ter­con­nected.

Ear­lier this year I was con­tacted by some­one who had per­sis­tent in­fec­tions.

De­spite be­ing on near-per­ma­nent an­tibi­otics, the in­fec­tions were con­tin­u­ous.

When con­fronted with this type of poor im­mu­nity, I like to start with a clean slate. The first goal was to in­tro­duce a nu­tri­ent­dense diet that was si­mul­ta­ne­ously an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory.

In­flam­ma­tion is al­ways as­so­ci­ated with in­fec­tion.

Our im­mune sys­tem is a vast range of spe­cialised cells and var­i­ous chem­i­cals all sup­ported by our lym­phatic sys­tem. There is a close re­la­tion­ship be­tween food and our im­mune sys­tem. The most ob­vi­ous are fats in our diet.

If our body is over­loaded with omega 6 and an­i­mal sat­u­rated fats this will push the body to­wards in­flam­ma­tion.

Our western di­ets are over­loaded with these in­flam­ma­tory fats while des­per­ately low in the fats that re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and pre­vent or min­imise dis­ease.

Vi­ta­min D ex­erts a stag­ger­ing in­flu­ence over our im­mune sys­tem. While our sun smart mes­sage is im­por­tant to re­duce skin can­cers it is also de­priv­ing us from es­sen­tial vi­ta­min D.

Win­ter sup­ple­men­ta­tion is es­sen­tial to main­tain win­ter im­mu­nity.

Trace min­er­als such as se­le­nium, zinc, man­ganese and cop­per have a huge in­flu­ence over im­mune cell func­tion and form the heart of our in-built an­tiox­i­dant de­fences.

Most Ki­wis are de­fi­cient in these which I am­sure con­trib­utes to our na­tional bur­den of chronic dis­ease.

With my client we changed her diet and in­tro­duced sup­ple­ments to help her im­mune sys­tem.

These in­cluded vi­ta­mins D and C, a broad spec­trum multi min­eral/vi­ta­min/ an­tiox­i­dant, mag­ne­sium and sev­eral oth­ers.

The re­sult is that the in­fec­tions have stopped. Her sleep and en­ergy have im­proved. She feels like a new per­son. Feel free to con­tact me if you have ques­tions or if you would like­more in­for­ma­tion.

John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med) is a nu­tri­tional medicine prac­ti­tioner and founder of Abun­dant Health Ltd. For per­son­alised ad­vice, con­tact John on 0800 423559 or email john@abun­ Join his full weekly news­let­ter at www.abun­

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