Alpha and omega for our immune system
Our immune system
The human immune system is a complex network involving different organs, different cell types and a large number of signalling molecules. It serves to fight off pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi, to remove body foreign substances, but also for the degradation of the body's own, defective cells.
All humans have an innate immune system that protects them right away since birth. In addition, the adaptive immune response develops with growing up which enables the body to fight pathogens even more aimed and effective.
An adequate nutrition usually ensures a strong immune system, but do we always eat accordingly…?
Nutrition plays an important role in the proper functioning of the immune system because only if the human organism is adequately supplied with nutrients, the immune cells are equipped for the complex defense activities. A balanced, plant-based, alkaline diet provides the body with all relevant nutrients. It is important to avoid deficits in single nutrients since a lack of specific vitamins, minerals and trace elements impairs the smooth running of an immune response which expresses e.g. in an increased susceptibility to infection.
The well-known immune-relevant micronutrients include vitamins A, C, and D as well as the trace elements zinc, iron and selenium.
Zinc has many functions in the body. It does not only play an important role in the regulation of the acid-base balance, but it is also involved in various pathways of cell division and the metabolism of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates and fats). As part of the immune function, zinc is responsible for the formation and activation of specific immune cells to defend pathogens. But it also ensures that cold viruses cannot even enter the body. Zinc and selenium are a very strong duo for the immune system since selenium is also important for numerous key functions in both innate and acquired immune defense and thus ensures a normal functioning of the immune system.
Less well-known is that magnesium is also extremely important for the defense against viruses. It is required for the function of the so-called natural killer cells and for specific immune cells which are particularly responsible for fighting virus-infected cells.
High dietary fiber intake with lots of fruit, vegetables and whole grains is also important for the immune function. Dietary fibers have a positive effect on the intestinal microbiome by increasing the variety of "good" intestinal bacteria which in turn is good for the immune system.
Support with Basica®
The regulation of the acid-base balance also deserves more attention when considering the immune defense. There are indications that viruses are very sensitive to minor pH shifts towards alkalinity: as soon as the pH value is minimally increased they become inactive. A good supply of alkaline minerals can therefore support our immune system and its defense against viruses.
Test your risk of acidosis!
The risk of acidosis is decisively affected by lifestyle, health and daily nutrition. The following test focuses on three areas and determines your personal risk of acidosis.
- Lifestyle & everyday life
Please note: This test shows you a general indication only and does not replace a medical diagnosis. Therefore, please do not treat this information as the sole basis for decisions about your health. If you have any concerns regarding your health, please talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
How to support your immune system
An unbalanced diet - which is quite frequent in Europe - does not adequately cover the nutrient requirements so that a deficit with e.g. vitamin D, C or selenium is common, especially in elderly people. Seniors are known to be at risk for a weakened immune system, not only due to diseases, but also due to poor nutrient supply. The diet of many age groups is characterized by high consumption of meat, sausages and dairy products and low consumption of fruit and vegetables, so that a balance of the acid-base homeostasis or a predominantly alkaline diet with sufficient coverage of immune-relevant nutrients is not always given.
Supplementation makes sense if your diet is unbalanced. Once you become aware of your own eating habits, you can check yourself which important nutrients for the immune system might be missing, such as B12 within a vegan diet, vitamin D in winter times or an alkaline supplement if you have a low intake of fruit and vegetables. All Basica® Products contribute to a healthy immune function with zinc and selenium.