By Dr. Tanvi Tijoriwala, ND
When it comes to infections, having a strong immune system is key to protect us from disease-causing microorganisms. Typically, our immune system does a phenomenal job at fighting away bacteria, fungi and viruses. However, due to several reasons, our immune defenses can be weakened, causing us to get sick more often or be susceptible to certain infections. While seeking treatment when sick is important, it is also essential to take preventative measures to ensure a healthy immune response.
Here are five ways to naturally boost immunity:
Vitamin C is an important co-factor in immune reactions. Researchers found that a daily intake of Vitamin C can reduce cold symptoms and reduce the duration of illness. Vitamin C can be found in many fruits and vegetables such as red peppers, citrus fruits, cantaloupe, sweet potato, strawberries and broccoli. Eating a serving of fruits and vegetables a day can help us get the Vitamin C dose needed to support immune function
Supporting the gut microbiome can begin with eating probiotic rich foods such as:
Taking a probiotic supplement is also an option if you notice you get sick very often. There are various different dosages and strains of probiotics. To ensure you are getting the right one you can consult with our naturopathic doctor.
Losing out on days of work or family time because you are constantly sick is never ideal. If you believe you get sick very often and would like a customized treatment plan to help support your immune system, you can book in with our naturopathic doctor Dr. Tanvi Tijoriwala here.