Do you get sick often? Do you feel like you are constantly fighting off one sickness, just to pick up another?
Your immune system relies on certain nutrients in order to work optimally. When dealing with a poor immune system, one of the first steps is to address nutrient deficiencies. Without proper nutrition, the immune system is more likely to attack your body’s tissues and increases your chances of developing autoimmune diseases.
Essential Nutrients for a Healthy Immune System
B vitamins have many amazing benefits with one of the most important being their role in producing energy. B Vitamins such as Folate, B12, and B6 give our bodies energy. Energy is produced by mitochondria, in the mitochondrial cycle.
The mitochondria cycle prefers B vitamins, specifically B12, B6, and Folate to run efficiently. B vitamins also influence the immune system, mood, sleep, hormones, digestion, and nerve health. Additionally, these vitamins support methylation, which is needed for many important body processes such as: creating healthy cells, creating healthy neurotransmitters, supporting healthy neurotransmitter breakdown, DNA repairs, protecting the body from oxidative stress, and detoxification. In regards to the immune system, B vitamins support the production of healthy cells, including white blood cells which play a role in healthy immune functioning. Click here, for an MTHFR Friendly B Vitamin Complex.
Vitamin D is essential for the immune system. It regulates your autoimmune response, meaning it keeps your immune system from attacking it’s own healthy cells, because the immune system can tell the difference between the healthy cells and the dangerous cells. Additionally, Vitamin D strengethens the immune system, fighting off viral and bacterial infections. Need an MTHFR Friendly Vitamin D3? Click here for more information.
Zinc is an immune system super booster. Zinc’s job is to support production of white blood cells, in which healthy levels are needed for a healthy immune system. Furthermore, Zinc keeps the immune system strong, and helps with healing wounds and cuts. Oftentimes if you are deficient in Zinc, then taking Zinc when you feel like you are catching a cold, can help prevent you from getting sick or reduces the amount of time you are sick. Need a multi-vitamin packed full of the essential vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants necessary for individuals with MTHFR Mutations, including Zinc? Click here.
Magnesium deficiency is a common deficiency among people with high levels of stress and diets with low nutritional content. Magnesium has many amazing benefits, such as: supports the immune system, supports heart health, promotes stable mood, supports relaxation, and helps to regulate blood pressure. Magnesium is necessary in having a healthy gut environment and improves overall health and wellness.
Causes of Nutrient Deficiencies
The nutrients above are essential for optimal immune health. Adding these nutrients into your diet or supplement routine is a start in improving nutrient levels and immune health, however, you also need to learn about what’s contributing to these deficiencies.
MTHFR mutations can make it more difficult for your body to absorb and convert nutrients into an active form. An MTHFR mutation causes both a deficiency in methylation and the inability to adequately convert naturally occurring folate into a reduced and usable form. Our MTHFR test kit can be found here.
The best way to get nutrient rich foods into your body daily is through a healthy nutrient rich diet. If you aren’t eating enough nutrients or supplementing these essential nutrients, then your immune system can suffer. Avoid foods enriched with folic acid, processed foods, and foods full of sugar. These foods may seem the tastiest, but they aren’t providing you with any nutritional content. It’s best to avoid inflammatory foods, as these foods can impact nutrient absorption and create inflammatory symptoms.
What can you do?
It’s time to replenish your body with nutrients, and this can be done either through diet or supplementation. Additionally, addressing the causes of your nutrient deficiencies can help prevent them in the future. Having optimal nutrient levels can do wonders for your immune system’s health.
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