Building resilience

By Russell Partnerships’s Professor Russell Davis

Like a building – we require stability, durability and resilience to remain robust during our lifetimes so that we can thrive and fulfil our individual purposes. No structure is complete without its furnishings, fixtures and fittings – what are student halls without beds? What are lecture halls without desks? What are our bodies without micronutrients? Macronutrients are the ‘bricks’ of our body – our skin is dense in protein, fat and water – our bones structured from proteins such as collagen.

Micronutrients are the body’s integrated features and furnishings that ensure longevity, evoke vibrancy and protect against infiltration – much like the interior fittings and design of a building. You could call them ‘micro-structures.’

Micronutrients are essential for the general functioning of the human body, and every effort should be made to ensure students and staff are consuming adequate intake of micronutrients through implementation of nutrient-dense, wholefood food and beverage offers on campus. Inadequate intake can lead to poor functioning of the mind and body, as well as greater susceptibility to illness and reduced overall wellbeing and longevity. 

In honour of this month’s estates issue, we’ve picked one particular ‘micro-structure’ to focus on that is particularly pertinent in ensuring vibrancy and biological resilience within the human body…

Vitamin C – the fresh, vibrant and supportive micro-nutrient responsible for a host of essential biological functions within the human body. Vitamin C is a water-soluble micro-nutrient that can be found in fruits such as kiwis, oranges, grapefruits and strawberries – many vegetables such as red peppers, broccoli, cabbage, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes and potatoes. Vitamin C is most revered for its support of the immune system – however, optimum amounts of vitamin C have the potential to perform various other vital and complementary functions within the human body. Aside from aiding in detoxification, iron absorption and formation of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, Vitamin C has been shown to decrease the risk of cancer, inhibit incidence of schizophrenia and protect against cardiovascular disease.

Let’s help student and staff build resilience…

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