Immune System Pillars:
From Shaky to Solid Foundations
Welcome to the Stage 2 of our Immune Phase in our Idle to Vital program. This stage is about working together on the very foundations of our immune system. Our immunity is not something that can be boosted by consuming a few vitamins and minerals contrary to what the nutraceutical and supplement industries have been preaching. Your immune system is already robust and all you have to do it is provide it the necessary nutrition. How do you do that? Foundational Macronutrients all the way!
What are Macronutrients?! Well it is just the nutritionist's term for nutrients we need to take in large amounts that are carbohydrates, proteins and fats. However, for supporting our immune system we think it’s easier to just focus two of them being protein & essential fatty acids!
These two foundational nutrients can help your immune system go a long way. Don’t worry if you are a little overwhelmed. These are really simple nutrients and can be found in our daily staple foods with ease. We have simplified things in our Minimal Effective Step for you.
Minimal Effective Step
Once again, our simple approach through a limited number of steps may break things down and make them really easy to understand and practice. So, first let us understand the rationale behind why protein and essential fatty acids work as the foundations to providing immune security long-term.
Protein is an extremely essential nutrient for our body and has a variety of functions like repair of tissues, formation of enzymes (create chemical reactions in the body), hormone regulation, transport of nutrients, etc. All of this is also intricately related to the robust functioning of the immune system. Protein can be found abundantly in lean meats, dairy products and eggs. There are plenty of great sources of vegan proteins too that include hemp seeds, quinoa, tofu, chickpeas, and pulses (beans, peas, lentils). Hemp seeds are a complete protein, meaning they contain all 9 essential amino acids (building blocks of protein) that our body cannot produce.
2. Essential Fatty Acids
As we explained earlier, a 1:4 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids does wonders for our body by reducing inflammation. These fatty acids can improve our immune response, while also aiding the development and function of our immune cells. Oily fish like salmon and tuna have these fatty acids in abundance. Vegans/vegetarians do not need to worry as there are many great plant based sources of essential fatty acids that include hemp seeds, flax seeds, and walnuts.
If you have ever wondered if you need to rebuild your foundations, the correct time and opportunity have presented themselves in the form of our quiz button. Take our quiz right away and find out the right proportions of protein and essential fatty acids you need to consume to go from being Shaky to Solid!
No need to fuss anymore about the measurements or amounts of proteins or fats you need to take, we have converted consuming your foundational nutrients into a fun and easy exercise.