A robust immune system means a better quality of life. In addition to proper nutrition and a generally healthy lifestyle, nutritional supplements can also strengthen and improve your immune system.
Gordon Hart, PA-C, our primary provider at Balance Hormone Center, is a nutritional supplement specialist. He and his talented team of experts in Norman, Oklahoma, improve lives through personalized care and natural treatment methods like IV therapy and clinical-grade dietary supplements.
There are also many ways to boost your immune system at home as the weather cools.
Catch more zzz’s
If you begin your day well-rested, you're more productive and less prone to colds and other infections. Studies show that insomnia drastically reduces the number of your protective cells (cytokines) and results in a weakened immune system.
For optimal health, adults should sleep seven hours or more each night, while teenagers need at least eight to 10 hours of rest.
Whether you’re running, swimming, or cycling, these classic endurance sports are some of the most effective ways to reduce inflammation and stimulate the healthy renewal of immune cells.
With about 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week, you strengthen your immune function. Just be careful not to overwork your body. Too much intense exercise can backfire, achieving the opposite effect.
Vitamin C is key
Vitamin C is beneficial in reducing the length of colds, and nutritional supplements boost your immune system as you welcome fall weather. Taking a regular vitamin C supplement may also help limit severe cold symptoms if you do catch a bug this fall.
This water-soluble vitamin is also excellent for healing wounds and scar tissue, repairing bones, and improving your body’s ability to absorb essential iron. Good vitamin C suppliers include vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, and cauliflower.
Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to get healthy and stay healthy. Lack of hydration causes headaches and alters your mood. If you aren’t drinking enough water, you might feel fatigued and unfocused, and you’re also more prone to infections.
Simply drink water when you feel thirsty or after an intense workout. Seniors require more water than younger adults because the body’s thirst signal wanes as you age. Therefore, older people should make it a habit of sipping water throughout the day.
IV treatments improve your immune system
Your body needs a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for a well-functioning immune system. If your diet includes a lot of red meat or refined sugars, you could be missing out on critical nutrients such as:
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
There’s a direct link between gut health and your immune system function, which is why nutritional deficiencies can make you feel ill.
Intravenous (IV) therapy sessions at Balance Hormone Center resolve vitamin deficiencies immediately and keep you feeling healthy and strong as part of your overall preventive medical care plan.
IV therapy sessions take less than one hour. Your body soaks up all the beneficial nutrients while you relax with your tablet or a good book.
Are you ready to increase your energy levels and relieve chronic pain or seasonal allergies? Call us today at 405-247-0289 to schedule a nutritional consultation before summer is over. You can also use our convenient online scheduling tool to request an appointment.