Winter can bring a wave of contagious illnesses or allergies that make the immune system more vulnerable than usual. Occasionally, a weakened immune system can be caused by illness, lifestyle habits, or environmental factors.
Since prevention is preferable to cure, it makes sense to support the immune system to guard against assaults, from the common cold to more serious illnesses. As physicians, our patients often ask us how they can strengthen their immune systems. The first line of defense is a healthy lifestyle:
- Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains—and low in saturated fats
- Moderate alcohol intake
- Exercise regularly (think moderate levels rather than training for a marathon)
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get plenty of sleep
- De-stress your life
- Wash your hands frequently
- Stop smoking
- Schedule routine health screening tests and exams for your age group and risk category
Immune system supplements, which provide a powerful combination of herbs and nutrients to support the body’s natural defense system, are also worth considering. Information about my top 10 immune boosting supplements that may kick colds, flu and/or boost your immune system is available here at naturomedica.com. As always, I recommend you seek the advice of a healthcare provider before beginning any new regimen.
Dr. Tammy McInnis practices at the NaturoMedica clinic at Grand Ridge Plaza, a full-service naturopathic medical clinic that is home to seven licensed Naturopathic Physicians. The clinic offers naturopathic healthcare, acupuncture and IV (intravenous) therapy. NaturoMedica doctors can provide primary care or work with your established physician to address health concerns. The clinic has a retail dispensary, which is open to the public and stocks vitamins, supplements and healthcare products. NaturoMedica is located at 1220 10th Ave NE. To learn more, call (425) 557-8900 or www.naturomedica.com.
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