The human immune system relies on a large number of nutritionally dependent pathways. Deficiencies in several micronutrients, as well as protein and essential fatty acids, can be responsible for significant reductions in immune function. In addition, nearly 75% of the immune system lies within 2-3 cm of the gastrointestinal tract. Issues such as dysbiosis and increased intestinal permeability (i.e. loss of gap junction integrity) can further compromise the immune system’s ability to respond to and/or prevent infection. Fostering a healthy microbiome is foundational for immune support.
Patients with underlying health issues and the general population will both have a markedly reduced risk for infection and related complications with the proper levels of micro and macronutrients. Nutritional adequacy with respect to critical vitamins and minerals improves outcomes and yet evidence indicates that large numbers of our population are deficient in one or more micronutrients. Sarcopenia, often a manifestation of inadequate protein consumption, is associated with both an increased risk for infection as well as poorer outcomes. Join John Bagnulo MPH, PhD in a discussion centered on several key nutrients that are both vital to the immune system and frequently missing in the diet of Americans.
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