The best way to avoid colds and flu is by strengthening your immune system. Dr. Tina Marcantel is a naturopathic doctor in Gold Canyon, AZ, who also serves the East Valley cities of Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Tempe, Apache Junction, and the greater Phoenix area.

strenthen your immune system--Dr Tina Marcantel

It’s that time of year–cold and flu season is upon us. Flu vaccinations are being offered at numerous facilities, and many people are lining up to get their annual dose. It’s important to realize, though, that a flu shot can only go so far in helping you avoid illness this winter because it only protects against three particular strains of flu. For more on that topic, read Dr. Marcantel’s article, “Who Should Get a Flu Shot?”

The best way to prevent sickness–whether it’s influenza, colds, or other sicknesses–is to have a strong immune system. Here are some recommendations from Dr. Marcantel.

*Eat a healthy diet. Foods that are rich in antioxidants, like fruits and vegetables, can help your body fight off colds and flu. Read the article, “Antioxidants and Your Immune System: Super Foods for Optimal Health,” at WebMD for a good list of foods to look for.

*Get plenty of rest. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation suppresses immune system function. The less sleep you get and the more physically tired you become, the harder it is for your body to throw off infections. 

Wash your hands–often–with soap. This seems so basic, but there are many studies illustrating a) that many people don’t use good hand hygiene and b) that washing with soap is very effective in limiting the spread of communicable diseases.

Take vitamin C with bioflavinoids. Taking two 500 mg tablets twice daily can help boost the body’s immune system. During times of stress the body’s immunities can be decreased. The adrenal glands release hormones that help us handle stress, and taking vitamin C can support the adrenal glands. The gland itself contains a large amount of vitamin C that is necessary for its function.

*Use supplements and natural products to boost immunity.

*Get an IV Push with Engystol. Dr. Marcantel offers an immune-boosting IV Push loaded with vitamins and minerals. Adding Engystol, a homeopathic antiviral remedy, can help to prevent the development of viral illnesses and to decrease the duration of an existing viral illness.

No one can guarantee that you won’t get sick this cold and flu season, but by taking proper precautions and addressing symptoms when they first appear you can maximize your chances of staying healthy.

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