The immune system has never been more of a hot topic than right now in light of the past year we have had with COVID. Understandably people are more interested in finding ways to boost their immune system as much as possible. The immune system is multi-faceted and there’s no simple answer to this question, especially because people have different immune systems. That being said, there are some simple things you can do in order to improve your immunity and boost your system.
Most people don’t know that 70% of their immune system is housed in their gut. That means taking care of this system has a powerful impact on improving your immunity. While most people have heard that taking probiotics can help, there are some other things you can do as well that can be even more powerful.
Since every person’s system is in a different state of function, doing a simple at-home stool test can provide a vast amount of data on your unique body. Once we have this information we can assess what your body needs, and we use nutrition and supplements that have been customized for you. This is a most impactful way to improve your immunity.
After working with patients for many years now, I have found that most people need some repair of their GI systems. This requires specific protocols that are easy to implement once we know what is missing and what needs to be done.
Another type of testing that is helpful is a comprehensive nutritional panel. This gives us information on what your body specifically needs in terms of vitamins and minerals. Most people just take what they hear they need without ever knowing how much they uniquely need. This is a wonderful way to see what your body needs more of and what it needs less of.
If going the customized route is not something you choose to do at this point then there are some general things you can do to improve the immune system.
1. Improve your diet by eating more whole foods like fruits, vegetables and fiber, along with eliminating processed foods.
2. Get more rest as this is vital to help maintain healthy hormone levels and allow the body to repair.
3. Take immunity boosting supplements:
4. Use stress reduction methods like meditation, massage, connecting with others and increasing fun in your life.
If you want to find out more about boosting your immunity through specific lab testing contact us at 847.873.0032. Many insurance companies cover at least a portion of the labs. Feel free to contact us with any questions.