Boosting the Immune System – Dallas, TX
Give Your Immune System the Support it Needs
Your health is a complex topic because it’s affected by many things. While you might think bacteria and viruses are the only factors to impact your wellness, your health is actually comprised of various things, like balanced hormones, a healthy diet, and regular exercise. Dr. Connie Casad is board-certified in gynecology and obstetrics. She focuses on a patient’s overall wellness, which starts with a strong immune system. Here are a few simple ways to supercharge your immune system to keep illness at bay.
Boosting Your Immune System
You need a perfect balance within your body to ensure your immune system responds correctly to harmful pathogens, like infections and illnesses. Although there are various factors that influence your immune system, research shows a direct link with your lifestyle. Certain lifestyle choices can lower your body’s defense system, but here are simple changes you can make to stay healthy:
Choose a Healthy Lifestyle
Your lifestyle is one of the biggest influencers to your immune system and how well it functions. To defeat invading pathogens, it’s best to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including:
- Eat a balanced diet
- Don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get adequate sleep
- Minimize stress
Maintain a Balanced Diet
A strong immune system is fueled by a nutritious diet. Various micronutrient deficiencies can have an effect on the immune system, such as zinc, folic acid, vitamin A, and iron. Thankfully, you can rebalance your diet by making simple changes to the foods you regularly consume. It’s best to maintain a diet, which includes about 2,000 calories per day consisting of:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Lean proteins
- Low-fat dairy products
If you’re unable to maintain a balanced diet, speak with Dr. Casad about adding supplements or herbs to give your immune system a boost.
Believe it or not, stress can impact your immune function. Whether stress is on-going or short-lived, it can have a big impact on your health. Chronic stress can change the number of antibodies produced, which can weaken your immune system. It’s best to practice stress-relieving techniques, such as:
- Exercise or yoga
- Playing music
- Practice deep breathing
- Talk a walk
Get Adequate Rest
Adequate sleep helps your T cells fight off infections, like colds and flus, but it can also lessen your risk of certain health issues as well, like cancer. Patients who are sleep deprived have a lower immune response because the T cells can’t effectively kill pathogens. It’s recommended adults receive at least 7 hours of sleep per night. You’ll wake feeling refreshed while also giving your immune system the support it needs to keep you healthy.
Invest in Your Wellness
If you’ve noticed you’re getting sick more often or you’re having difficulty healing, it is time to speak with Dr. Casad about giving your immune system a boost. She’ll create a customized plan that includes lifestyle changes to help you feel your best. If you have any questions, or you’re ready to an appointment, contact our office today.