Old Format -> CureZone.INFO
Low-Calorie Diet Weakens Immune System
  • Low-Calorie Diet Weakens Immune System   RR Educational Dr.Jeff   3y  2,254  
    This is my avatar. Click here to see my profile.
    Date: 3/21/2012 9:28:14 AM   ( 3y ago )   Hits:   2254
    This study has findings that contradict previous studies reporting the benefits of a low-calorie diet on health -

    "While research suggests inflammation associated with obesity may contribute to inflammatory bowel diseases such as colitis, the study results revealed a low-calorie diet may actually impair the immune system's ability to respond to infection, said Jenifer Fenton, assistant professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

    The results are similar to the research from our department that shows consuming fewer calories make it harder to fight off the flu virus," said Fenton, referring to recent work by colleague Elizabeth Gardner. "Since this is a totally different pathogen, it amplifies the need to find out why caloric intake has such an impact on the body's ability to respond to infection.

    Mice in the study were given one of three dietary treatments: a high-fat diet, a 30 percent caloric-restriction diet and a control group on an average-caloric diet. They then were treated with bacteria called H. hepaticus, which infects the colon and causes inflammation, eventually leading to tumor development. This process models the more aggressive lesions observed in human colon cancer cases.

    Unexpectedly, study results suggest increased body fat induced by a high-fat diet did not influence the severity of colitis, despite changes in hormones that are known to increase with obesity and influence inflammation. In fact, researchers found calorie-restricted mice had a higher mortality rate in response to infection with H. hepaticus, dying before tumors even developed.

    Previous studies suggest that obesity exacerbates colonic inflammation. Malnutrition is associated with adverse outcomes in IBD progression, exacerbating immunodeficiency, perpetuating malabsorption and increasing risk of infections. We report that moderate obesity did not influence the severity of colon inflammation in experimentally-induced colitis. Importantly, caloric restriction negatively influences survival following pathogen challenge, potentially due to an impaired immune response."

    The McCombs Plan doesn't use calorie restriction due to the fact that we have found that it takes a lot of energy to detoxify the body. This research shows that calorie restriction could also weaken immune system responses. Improving digestive function will improve absorption of nutrients necessary to run the immune system and other systems of the body. The benefits of a low-calorie diet, as reported in other studies, should be looked at as benefitting someone with a digestive system that doesn't function well. Unfortunately, a low-calorie diet doesn't fix digestive imbalances, it only serves to manage the imbalance, not correct it. What we typically see with the McCombs Plan is that improving digestive function improves everything else.

    The study can also be found here -
    Printer-friendly version of this page Email this message to a friend
  • How can I view entire discussion thread on a single page?

    How can I expand all forum messages on a single forum page?


    Donate to CureZone

    Terms of Service - Privacy Policy - Spam Policy - Disclaimer - Guidelines & Rules

    CureZone Newsletter is distributed in partnership with

    Contact Us - About - Advertise - Stats

    Copyright 1999 - 2015

    0.078 sec, (2)

    Natural Cleaning Agent
    Wash your clothes without any harmful chemicals today.

    Cure Erectile Dysfunction?
    No drugs, no pills, no herbs, no hassle. Just an easy, simp...

    4 Day Liver Detox
    I found relief from toxic liver problems in just 4 short days! Check...

    Epsom Salt Encapsulated
    Hulda Clark Cleanse Kits

    Purest Body Products
    Sanctum Pure Body Products are so pure you could eat them (no gua...

    Did you poop today?
    All natural constipation relief!

    Destroy Parasites Quickly
    Learn How to Destroy Parasites And Be Free of Your Unbearabl...

    Proven medical anti-diabetic benefits
    Electrolyzed drinking water significantly reduce...

    Colloidal Silver Sale!!!
    Advanced Colloidal Silver-Mankind’s original and safest Natur...

    The Best Probiotic?
    Can Royal Flora Help You? Find Out Here

    Colloidal Silver High PPM
    Pure Colloidal Silver 3000 To 18000 PPM Of Atomic Size Parti...

    What is Kangen Water?
    Is Kangen water beneficial? Why is it so expensive?

    Natural Cancer Remedies

    The Most Powerful Detox
    The Best Detox Article Ever Written.

    ”I Cured My Candida”
    Eliminate Candida Symptoms Within Hours.

    The World’s Best Nutrition Supplement
    Optimize your health with a whopping 415 100% or...

    Worlds leading fungal treatment
    Clinically proven effective against thrush, yeast infe...

    Best Prebiotics?
    Probiotics with prebiotics and enzymes.

    Lugol’s Iodine Free S&H
    J.Crow’s® Lugol’s Iodine Solution. Restore lost reserves.

    The Tesla Shield™
    Transformational Technology For Mind Body And Soul.

    My cancer is gone!
    After a single session!

    Cleanse the Liver in 9 Days
    Feel great again!

    Your Ad Here