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The Nutrition Blueprint Podcast

The Nutrition Blueprint podcast is a health, nutrition, and fitness show hosted by registered dietitian and sports nutrition coach Andres Ayesta. Formerly Vive Nutrition Radio, this podcast is focused on bringing the latest in nutrition and health education to help you design a better lifestyle starting with what you put on your plate. Through expert interviews and his popular chit chat series, Andres dissects common topics into digestible (pun intended) pieces that are applicable to everyone's goals. From weight loss and fat loss strategies to supplementation and life hacks, this podcast is everything you need to be the best version of you

Apr 7, 2020

Dear Listener, 

Super excited to bring your this great episode with my guest Dr. Heather Swickey, an expert in immunology who is bringing her wealth of knowledge to share her views on COVID-19 and gives us some a Immune Health 101 class as well 

A little more about her 

Heather Zwickey, PhD, earned a PhD in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center with a focus on infectious disease. Zwickey went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and teach medical school at Yale University. At the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, Zwickey launched the Helfgott Research Institute and established the School of Graduate Studies, developing programs in research, nutrition, and global health, among others. She currently leads an NIH funded clinical research training program. She teaches at many universities and speaks at conferences worldwide. At Helfgott Research Institute, Zwickey applies her immunology expertise to natural medicine, with specific interest in the gut-brain axis in neuroinflammation.

In today’s episode we covered 

  • Dr. Zwickey’s background and interest in immunology
  • Immune System 101 - Explaining the basic of the human immune responses
  • How does a virus operate in human and how do we get infected? 


  • What is SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 


  • Why is it so contagious? 
  • How does it spread among humans?
  • Why is it affecting some people more than others? 
  • How are viruses treated and what challenges do we face with pandemics like this occur? 
  • How do vaccines work and why does it take so long to develop one for this virus? 
  • What is the rule nutrition has in the immune system? 
  • Are there natural ways we can treat or prevent viruses like these? 
  • Among others! 



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