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Simple Ways to Support a Healthy Immune System

Feb 04, 2020 11:55PM ● By Michelle Dalnoky
 Proper nutrition is one of the most fundamental components to support a healthy immune system. Foods to strengthen the immune system include ginger, honey, turmeric, lemon, berries, apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, red peppers, thyme, oregano, broccoli, cinnamon, cucumber elderberry, oranges, kale, garlic, clove, mushrooms, spinach and goji berries. Stress has been known to bring down the immune system and bring up inflammation, so stress management is important. Simple ways to manage stress include expressing gratitude, exercise, meditation and regular constitutional hydrotherapy sessions. The immune system comes mostly from the gut. A few ways to support the gut is eating lots of fiber, fermented foods, drinking bone broth or taking a good probiotic. Lifestyle habits are extremely important, as they can either support or bring down the immune system. Some lifestyle modifications to support a healthy immune system include drinking lots of water, proper sleep, washing hands frequently and avoiding sugar and processed foods. Medical and professional-grade supplements such as vitamins and minerals can be an easy, effective way to help boost the immune system. They include vitamins A, C, D, zinc and omega -3. Gi Ming Chan is a board-certified naturopathic doctor practicing at Appalachia Chiropractic & Wellness, located in Cranberry Township, PA. For more information, call 724-553-5312 or visit AppalachiaChiropractic.com.