A person is immunocompromised when he/she has a weakened immune system. A weak immune system has a reduced ability to fight infections. Catching a cold often is one sign of a weakened immune system. So, what can you do about this and what’s it got to do with bariatrics?

The coronavirus has gone global and the best way for anyone not to catch it is to keep healthy. What’s it got to do with bariatrics? The common health advice to strengthen your body’s immune system by exercise, proper rest, and proper diet apply across all medical fields – the goal is to keep you healthy (and alive).

Prevention is still better than cure, and at this point, there is no cure for coronavirus, so apply every bit of knowledge you have about staying healthy. Shield yourself and your loved ones from illnesses by fortifying your immune system: exercise, eat healthy, get enough sleep, and wash those hands!  

4 Facts About Your Immune System

  1. Eating fruits and veggies keeps your immune system strong.
  2. Getting enough sleep has a positive effect on your immune system.
  3. A positive attitude can be healthy.
  4. Taking a daily multivitamin is probably a good idea to stay healthy if you eat poorly. But taking megadoses of a single vitamin or supplement has not been proven to help the immune system.


The effect of exercise on the immune system

While there’s no direct link between moderate exercise and keeping the average person’s immune system humming, there are lots of benefits to working out. Among other things, it lowers blood pressure, keeps body weight under control, and can protect you from certain diseases. So get moving!


Diet Chicken Soup

1 serving soup & broth mix
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 onion
1 celery stalk
1 carrot
2 garlic cloves
1 x 200g can chopped tomatoes
500ml chicken stock
2 tsp mixed herbs
100g roast chicken

Having soaked the soup & broth mixture the night before, rinse and cook as per the packet instructions. Peel and chop the onion, celery, carrot and garlic. Heat the oil and fry the chopped vegetables until soft, then add the prepared soup & broth mixture and fry for 2-3 minutes more. Add the tomatoes, stock, herbs and season to taste. Stir in the chicken. Simmer for 30 minutes, adding more water if the mixture gets too thick.