The Mediterranean diet helps the immune system

Is there a diet that can help our immune system fight disease? The question has been asked by the experts for years, and we ask ourselves it all the time. We know that the complex system that regulates the body’s defenses is the arbiter of our health, and, if need be, the enormous amount of information that the Covid 19 pandemic has dumped on us has removed all doubt. We know that vaccines help fight pathogens. But what can we do in our daily routine?

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Until a few years ago, we would have answered with an interlocutor: who knows…maybe..maybe. Today, scientific research allows us to provide some answers. Starting from epidemiological research, which links lifestyle to the probability of getting sick, finally, and this is the answer that everyone is looking for, with the biochemical relationship between what we eat and the very probability of not feel good.

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To compose the puzzle formed by the many answers that science provides today, a meeting at the IULM in Milan arrives on May 26: “Food and immune defenses between scientific knowledge and fair disclosure” in which they will participate Nicholas Sorrentino, scientific director of the Iulm Food Academy who will put the Mediterranean diet at the center of the discussion and explain what the factors that make us gain and lose weight (diet and exercise) have to do with the immune system. In harmony with Luigi Bonizzi, full professor and lecturer at the School of Specialization in Food Sciences of the University of Milan, who will detail precisely how and why what we eat helps our immune system.

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To Roberto Mattina, full professor and director of the School of Specialization in Microbiology and Virology at the University of Milan, we should instead focus on microbes, which scare us so much. Rather, to explain what their function is in our balance.

Yet, as science piles up evidence to guide our behaviors in the right direction, the collective narrative of what we should and shouldn’t bring to the table is replete with absurdities. It is often in the hands of so-called “nutritionists”, who do not base their advice on scientific research but on outlandish ideas, and often lead us to unhealthy choices, which hurt us. Or, at best, they don’t help us feel good, they’re just useless baggiacs. Member of the board of directors of the IULM Food Academy.

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