Can Short-Term Diet Change Enhance your Immunological Health?
Maxwell Sinoway ’22
Majors: Biology and Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Victoria Templer, Psychology
Psychoneuroimmunology is the study of the effect of the mind on health and resistance to disease. In respect to Psychoneuroimmunology, psychological health and biological health can be enhanced or hurt by diet. Diet drives how well our body can work physically, but this physical enhancement or demise directly effects your psychological health as well. These effects compound with each other and can be extremely helpful or extremely hurtful to your overall immunological health. Long term diet research has been done before but none of which explores the effects of short-term diet change on both biological and psychological markers of immune system health. In this experiment, psychological markers of health and biological markers of health were examined over two short-term diets of two weeks. These diets included one which was considered a healthy diet and one that was considered a high fat diet. Self-perception, happiness, weight, WBC/T-Killer Cell count, and Immunoglobulin A concentration were our markers for immunological health. Subjects were evaluated by these psychological and biological markers before and after their two-week diet and then the evaluations were compared. Subjects who fell into the healthy diet group performed better than those in the high fat diet group in every category. This shows that even short-term exposure to a healthy diet can positively impact your immunological health both biologically and psychologically
4-29-2021 12:00 AM