A well-functioning immune system is essential to good health because it’s the first line of defense against microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria that can make you sick. That’s why it’s so important to keep the immune system functioning at its best. But how can you boost your immune system?
At Best Self Medical Arts, we know that a balanced diet is an ideal way to maintain a strong immune system. However, there are times when complementary medicines like health supplements are needed to support immune function.
What Is Your Immune System And Why Is It Important?
Your immune system consists of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect your body against foreign substances such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi. When your immune system is functioning properly, it can recognize these harmful substances as soon as they enter your body, and it produces antibodies to repel them. However, if your immune system is not strong and healthy you are more susceptible to illness and disease.
How Can I Boost My Immune System?
- Eat A Balanced Diet
A balanced diet that provides the vital nutrients the body needs, is the foundation of an effective immune system. The immune system is supported by several key micronutrients including vitamins A, C, D, and E, along with minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper, and selenium. A deficiency in these essential vitamins and minerals can impair immune function, and compromise the body’s ability to fight infection and disease.
- Take Health Supplements
While a healthy diet is critical for optimal immune function, health supplements can be helpful for people with certain nutrient deficiencies. Nutritional supplements can be taken to recharge the immune system, but should not be used as a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. Immune-boosting supplements include:
- Vitamins A, C, D, and E.
- Extracts such as mushroom, Andrographis, turmeric, and ginger.
Here at Best Self Medical Arts, we recommend the high-quality Metagenics health supplements to our patients. Metagenics nutritional formulas are only prescribed by health practitioners, so they are not available over-the-counter
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- Get Adequate Sleep
Sleep is known to improve immune defense, so well-rested people generally have better immune function. Lack of sleep can weaken your immune system because during sleep the body produces certain protective proteins that promote sleep, and strengthen the body’s defenses. Adults should get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
The above strategies for boosting your immune system can be reinforced by making healthy lifestyle choices. Avoid habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol in excess, as they can suppress immune function. It’s also important to get regular exercise, minimize stress, maintain good hygiene, and eat a healthy diet that is high in fruits and vegetables.
“The team at Best Self Medicated Arts are so friendly and they are very helpful. Dr. Cheryl Geer has an amazing heart and really cares about her patients. I would definitely recommend their facility, I saw great results and was treated very well by everyone there.” *
Take The Next Step
To learn more about boosting your immune system, schedule your in-person consultation with Dr. Cheryl Greer by completing the form below, or by calling Best Self Medical Arts at (818)318-1200. Serving the Westlake Village & Camarillo, CA areas. We look forward to working with you!