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5 Ways to Improve Your Immune System and Overall Wellness

Written By Dr. Charles O'Dea on April 23, 2020

Boost your Immune SystemThe coronavirus pandemic has led people around the world to question their own immune system health.

Many don’t realize that the immune system isn’t found in one specific area. It includes cells throughout your entire body, including your digestive tract, bone marrow, skin, and lymph nodes.

You might have noticed that your lymph nodes swell when you’re sick or fighting an infection, for example.

While you can’t exactly “boost” your immune system, you can take steps to make sure it has a healthy environment to thrive and promote overall wellness.

How to Support a Healthy Immune System

Basic proper hygiene and health can help your immune cells, such as lymphocytes and white blood cells, stay in fighting shape. When a pathogen enters your body, your immune cells (ideally) will consume and destroy it before it has a chance to multiply and spread. Here are five ways to improve your immune system:

  1. Avoid Alcohol and Cigarettes

Drinking alcohol can interfere with your intestinal immune cells. Meanwhile, cigarettes can suppress the production of critical immune cells, such as T cells.

  1. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep deprivation can increase your risk of infection and throw off your antibody production.

  1. Eat Antioxidant-Packed Fruits and Veggies

Your immune system thrives on antioxidants from foods like

  • Dark leafy greens
  • Dark berries
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fish like salmon
  1. Exercise Daily

Physical activity is one of the best ways to support a healthy immune system and ward away age-related damage.

  1. Minimize Stress

Psychological stress – especially chronic stress – can degrade your immune system and interfere with the production of immune cells.

Improve Your Overall Wellness with Chiropractic in Suffolk

Regular chiropractic adjustments can help keep your stress levels down and provide a healthy environment for your central nervous system to thrive. 

Dr. Russ Mosher and Dr. Charles O’Dea each have over 40 years of experience helping patients achieve whole-body wellness through physical care. At Compass Physical Therapy and Chiropractic, they offer a wide range of resources and services such as acupuncture, balance programs, and nutritional consultations.

Strengthen your immune system by reducing stress and pain! Schedule an appointment at Compass Physical Therapy in Suffolk today by calling 757-539-2244.


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