Nutrition & The Immune System

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Nutrition & The Immune System

Nutrition & The Immune System

What is an immunocompromised person?

People who suffer from certain medical conditions and/or medical treatments have immune systems that are not working correctly. The result is that they have trouble fighting disease. This sometimes is because of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), the drugs that are prescribed for cancer patients or transplant patients, or diseases of the immune system.

Individuals with blood disorders such as chronic lymphatic leukemia and multiple myeloma also are immunocompromised. Elderly persons are more susceptible to infections than younger people, so they often are considered as immunocompromised. People who are immunocompromised must use care to avoid even minor illnesses, such as colds, food poisoning, and other problems, which can cause serious results.

Can the foods you eat affect your immune system?

A healthy diet definitely plays a role in maintaining the strongest immune system possible. Follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans ( and the MyPlate guidelines ( for basic good nutrition. Key nutrients for those who are immunocompromised include protein, vitamins, and minerals, as well as calories.

Enough protein is needed in the diet to build, maintain, and repair body tissues. Protein is found in meats, dairy foods, eggs, nuts, seeds, legumes, and soy. Consume protein two to three times daily.

Calories are needed to supply the body with energy and prevent unintended weight loss. Most women need at least 2000 calories/day, and most men need about 2500 calories/day. If you have a medical condition that affects your body’s immune function, you may need additional calories.

Vitamins and minerals are needed to trigger numerous chemical reactions in your body and to help keep your body working properly.

Do I need a nutritional supplement to help keep my body healthier?

Perhaps. Dietitians always recommend that you get nutrition from foods first. However, if you have poor intake, vomiting, or diarrhea, or are unable to eat much because of your condition, a vitamin supplement or liquid nutritional supplement such as Ensure might help. A registered dietitian can help you look at your situation and decide whether or not you need a nutritional supplement.

How can I eat enough if I do not have much of an appetite?

Medicines or a medical condition can cause a poor appetite. If you are not eating much at all, it is important to make every bite count.

Follow these suggestions:

  • Try to limit ’empty-calorie’ foods and drinks, and consume healthier foods, such as:
    • Fruits
    • Fruit juices
    • Dairy foods
    • Meats
    • Nuts
    • Whole-grain breads
    • Whole-grain cereals
    • Vegetables, including dried beans and peas
  • Eat six small meals daily, instead of three large ones, if you cannot eat much at one sitting
  • Keep healthy snacks, such as nuts and dried fruits, in your car, purse, or briefcase, so you always have something available if you feel an urge to eat
  • Drink nutritious beverages, such as pasteurized fruit juices, milk, and liquid nutritional supplements, if you prefer to drink something instead of eating.

Call your Spartanburg SC Chiropractor, Dr. Hannouche, today to schedule a nutritional counseling session. We would be happy to discuss this information and more with you, and help you to live a healthier, happier life!

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Spartanburg, SC 29303
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