Obesity Can Increase Complications From Influenza and Spread Flu Virus

The world of medicine is ramping up for the coming flu season in the Northern Hemisphere, with warnings that obesity can be a risk for contracting flu and spreading it. This is because obesity alters the body’s immune response, which can lead to chronic inflammation that ultimately can increase your risk for influenza, its severity and the possibility of transmitting it, The Economic Times reports.

Flu season or not, it’s never too late to change your diet in such a way that you not only become healthier, but increase your immunity to all sorts of infectious and chronic diseases, including flu. While I was disappointed at some of the “healthy choice” examples the featured article gave, there are lots of foods that can boost your immune system. From mushrooms to spices like black pepper and cardamom to probiotics, consuming these immune-boosters help fuel natural killer (NK) cells in your body.

NK cells are a specific type of white blood cells, which are an important component of your immune system. If you want to build up immunity to flu specifically, building up your vitamin D levels right now can go a long way toward preventing flu and other respiratory diseases this winter. Many studies are showing more and more very day just how important vitamin D is to your overall health and immune system, so I strongly urge you to have your vitamin D levels checked, and to aim for a therapeutic level of 50 to 70 ng/ml year-round.

Finally, addressing your weight is very important for good health. If you are struggling with chronic diseases and weight problems, my fat-for-fuel program can give you the relief you need. When your body is able to burn fat for fuel, all kinds of good things happen when it comes to increasing the quality and quantity of your life, and following a ketogenic diet with intermittent fasting is key.
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