Immune defence and health
A strong immune defence helps your body to stay fit, efficient and healthy. A healthy immune system is all the more important when we are confronted with new pathogens against which our individual immune system has not yet been able to develop specific defence bodies, or where there is only partial cross-immunity from encounters with similar pathogens. Our immune cells fulfil a variety of functions in a complex defence system and thus ensure that pathogens are recognised, rendered harmless and that we remain healthy or recover. The body stores recognition characteristics of pathogens with which it has been confronted and successfully fought off in a kind of database ("memory cells"). It can fall back on these and defend itself much more quickly if the same or a structurally very similar virus or bacterium attacks our body again. In addition to our immune system, general hygiene measures naturally serve to prevent infection, as does the promotion of a healthy immune system through physical activity and a healthy diet, so that it is not burdened with other tasks and is fully operational.
Overview: how to reduce infection risk from pathogens
You can exert a decisive influence on your immune system and your health through your diet. A balanced, varied diet with lots of vegetables and fruits is the basis. This ensures a nutrient-dense supply of vital micronutrients (e.g. vitamins, minerals, antioxidants) in a natural way. In addition, a sufficient protein intake is also crucial, as an optimal protein metabolism is not only important for building and maintaining muscle mass, but also for many other functions (e.g. immune system, blood cells, enzymes, hormones). Moreover, strong defence forces depend not only on protein, vitamins and minerals, but also on a healthy intestinal flora. In addition, there are a number of other nutrients that provide a broad spectrum of effects due to their specific properties and thus contribute to a healthy, active and vital lifestyle.