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Q: How can I improve my immune system?

Posted October 22, 2014 in Advice Column, Pleasant Hill

A: It is important to know what we can do to keep a strong and balanced immune system to stay healthy. When our immune system is functioning optimally, our bodies are capable of maintaining health even when we come into contact with these germs. Take these steps now to boost your defenses, speed healing and gain a greater level of wellness.

Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Get adequate rest. Eat a wholesome diet rich in vitamins and minerals, especially foods containing vitamin D (such as cod liver oil). A wholesome, immunity boosting diet contains a colorful assortment of fruits and vegetables with organic meats and fish. Avoid grains and sugar. These decrease the function of your immune system. Eat garlic regularly. It’s antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal. You should be eating it every day. Supplement with vitamin D. Wash your hands with soap (not anti-bacterial) and water. Antibacterial soap and hand sanitizers have harsh toxins and increase the risk of creating drug resistant bacteria. Exercise regularly when you are well. Manage your stress. It has been estimated that up to 90 percent of illness and disease is stress-related. Lower stress through meditation and other healthy lifestyle changes. Get adjusted regularly. Adjustments are a safe, natural option for healing and maintaining health.

Information provided by Swain Chiropractic, 410 Center Place S.W.  Altoona 967-9300.

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