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The character has something to do with whether we get a cold or not. Read what the immune system lacks when the scale shows too little weight and how you can strengthen it again.

Most people don’t worry about their immune system – as long as it works. They believe it works well anyway and sometimes protects them more, sometimes less well from pathogens. However, many people do not know that body weight plays a decisive role in function. “Only those who eat enough can provide their immune system with the necessary building blocks,” explains Mag. Angelika Kirchmaier, MMSc., nutritional consultant from Hopfgarten (Tyrol) in her new book “Mein knackig-frisches Immune System”, which was recently published by Tyrolia-Verlag. Too slim a body has hardly any reserves for a stable immune system These components include, for example, proteins, vitamins and minerals. If one or more are missing, important parts of the defenses fail – with the result that they are less effective. A body that is too thin therefore has too few reserves and too few building blocks for a stable immune system. The World Health Organization defines underweight in an adult (!) as having a body mass index of 18.5 or below. What happens if there are too few fat cells? “The important T-lymphocytes are reduced. This is a subset of the white blood cell category. They are an essential part of the acquired defense and are therefore involved in building up the immune system after a vaccination, among other things. A mix of different factors seems to be partly responsible for the falling T-lymphocyte level,” reports Mag. Angelika Kirchmaier connection is established. If there is too little fat tissue, leptin production and thus the power of the T-lymphocytes decreases. Insulin, the hormone that transports sugar and thus energy from the blood into the cells, also decreases if you eat too little. However, there are insulin receptors on the T cells, which means that the body needs insulin in order to be able to stimulate the T cells properly.” In addition, a lack of micronutrients such as iron, zinc or iodine can promote infections, since these active substances serve as building blocks of the immune system. Gaining weight – how it can work It would be important to confide in a doctor as soon as possible or to start with an appropriate nutritional therapy from a dietitian. “Anyone who acts (too) late has less of a chance of stabilizing their weight and thus their body’s defences,” Mag. Angelika Kirchmaier knows from her practice. “With a clever combination of different proteins and a targeted selection of foods rich in active ingredients, the function of the immune system can be significantly improved in many cases,” she encourages those affected to take countermeasures quickly.

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