4 tips from doctors to boost your immune system
Help your immune system a little bit!
We can’t ignore it: the coronavirus is the main topic of conversation. You only have to watch the news, open Facebook or just chat with a neighbor and you will be confronted with it again. In any case, let’s hope we can prevent more people from getting sick by, for instance, boosting our immune system.
Go back to the basics
“Unfortunately, there is no magic formula to boost your immune system,” Dr. Shannon Sovndal tells PureWow. “It really comes down to the basics: the things your parents or grandparents taught you. Eat healthy, get enough sleep, avoid stress as much as possible, don’t touch your mouth or nose, and wash your hands!” Doctor Rand McClain agrees and emphasizes: “Get enough sleep!”
Choose the right meals
They say you are what you eat. And of course, we all know that unhealthy foods don’t make you healthy. What should you eat to support your immune system? Doctor Raphael Kellman provides a list:
- Non-starchy vegetables
- Lean protein
- Seafood caught in the wild
- Organic eggs
- Organic poultry
- Natural probiotics such as sauerkraut, kimchee, kefir, fermented vegetables, unsweetened Greek yogurt
- Natural prebiotic like artichoke, jicama, garlic, asparagus
Avoid processed foods
“Processed food contains few nutrients, but it fills us in such a way that it can take the place of food that is nutritious and that would support the immune system,” says Dr Joan Ifland. Although she is realistic, she understands that people sometimes crave processed food. “If it happens occasionally, it doesn’t matter. But if it happens often, the immune system doesn’t get sufficient nutrients and the immune system can’t function well enough to fight viruses.”
Don’t take too many supplements
Doctor Sovndal warns people about supplements. “Many people have supplements in their home, but it has not been proven that it really helps if you have an unhealthy diet,” she says. Doctor Purvi Parikh also agrees. “No supplement has been proven to boost your immune system.” Therefore, do not take supplements as replacement of a healthy diet.
Can you really give your immune system a boost?
However, Dr. Rand McClain would like to make a small comment about an immune system boost. According to him, that term is often misinterpreted. “Someone’s immune system develops during the earliest part of your life. Starting with the immunity that the mother gives to the child during the last trimester of pregnancy and which is later given to the child through breastfeeding. The body then learns to fight against diseases,” said McClain. It’s not possible to make your immune system a lot stronger than it already is, but the tips in this article are small things you can do to help your immune system to be strong.