Fighting the Flu
Boosting the Immune System
Learn how to boost your immune system! Do you get sick often? Do you have allergies? Some peoples’ immune systems are weaker or stronger than others.
Do you catch colds and viruses often? Are you sick a lot? Do you have allergies? Are you run down and fatigued most of the time? You may have a weak immune system. Did you ever notice how some people catch everything and others are never sick and always full of energy? Different people have different immune systems. Our immune system is how we fight off infections and germs and cancer. Sometimes the immune system does not work properly, as with immunodeficiency disorders. These people are extremely susceptible to infection and cancer.
There are natural ways we can strengthen our immune system. Some of these ways are listed here:
•get plenty of sleep and rest, the body rejuvenates and strengthens when it is at rest. Many people like to think they can function just fine on 5 to 7 hours a night, but the truth is, we require at least 8 to 10 hours per night.
•cut down worry and learn to de-stress, there are studies that prove that stress and depression effect the body physically and can even weaken the immune system.
•eat a well balanced diet, don’t skip meals. The four food groups have everything our bodies need to thrive. Learn the vitamins in your food and get a good dose of each one.
•always take a multivitamin, learn what your body is lacking. Ask your doctor what vitamins and minerals you should increase for your age. OurOmnivite is the best for your complete nutritional needs.
•have a regular exercise regimen. Exercise makes our body stronger, increase circulation of blood and nutrients, and helps flush the body of toxins.
•drink plenty of water, this helps flush the body of toxins and keeps you well hydrated
•eat foods with high antioxidant levels. Antioxidants are vitamins in your diet that can reduce your risk of cancer and other diseases and can give your immune system a boost. Eat a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, which are excellent sources of antioxidants. Antioxident vitamins include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotine. Food sources include: fruits and vegetables, dairy products, melons, berries, dark greens, whole grains, dairy and meats (high protein).
•Wash your hands often. This is a basic hygiene tip that is especially important and effective for disease prevention. Carry handy alcohol wipes with you in your pocket or purse when finding a bathroom for washing isn’t possible.
There are things we can do to strengthen our immune system. Start today for a healthier you!
Dr. Tomlin is available for personalized wellness counseling and can start you on a program that is right for you. Please let Diane or Amber know if you are interested and they will schedule an appointment for you. 265-9218