Boost Your Immune System – Watch What You Eat
The old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” was probably more true in ways that we are just beginning to fully understand. It is not unusual to find research showing the connections between diet and high blood pressure, heart disease, and weight concerns. What is becoming more common, however, is showing how diet affects the mood, mental resilience, and immune system.
Current research shows that not only does over consumption create inflammation and metabolic challenges, it also reduces our ability to fight off disease. The more we reduce our intake of refined sugars, grains, and other empty calories, the more we can stop chronic health issues and acute illnesses.
Christ A, Lauterbach M, Latz E. Western Diet and the Immune System: An Inflammatory Connection. Immunity. 2019;51(5):794–811. doi:10.1016/j.immuni.2019.09.020
The consumption of Western-type calorically rich diets combined with chronic overnutrition and a sedentary lifestyle in Western societies evokes a state of chronic metabolic inflammation, termed metaflammation. Metaflammation contributes to the development of many prevalent non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and these lifestyle-associated pathologies represent a rising public health problem with global epidemic dimensions. A better understanding of how modern lifestyle and Western diet (WD) activate immune cells is essential for the development of efficient preventive and therapeutic strategies for common NCDs. Here, we review the current mechanistic understanding of how the Western lifestyle can induce metaflammation, and we discuss how this knowledge can be translated to protect the public from the health burden associated with their selected lifestyle.