How Can I Boost My Immune System During Cold and Flu Season?

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So, here are your tips for how to support your immune system to protect yourself against getting a flu, first of all, stress. So, let's talk about stress and what it does. When you don't sleep enough every night, where you have too much going in your live, and you don't have anytime to relax, your stress system causes your immune cells to be pressed, and they will not protect you from the flu as much as they can.

So, my recommendation is to make sure you're getting a good night sleep, that's number one. Seven hours is sort of my minimum, but getting a good night sleep is one of the best ways to help your adrenal stay healthy, and to help the stress system stay in balance. Number two, watch what you're eating.

Too much sugar, actually suppressed your immune system as well. So, if you know that there's people around you that are sick, really work on cutting out the sugar, eating some good quality protein, and that will really help your immune cells work better as well. Number three, we really want you to make sure your gut is very healthy, and this is where I doctor I show their probiotics, and the reason why I spoke about probiotics is because your gut immune system is the foundation for your immune system.

70% of your immune system lives in your gut so taking a probiotic everyday will help increase your beneficial flora which help interact with those immune cells in your gut, and help your immune system be very strong. So, a probiotic[sp?] everyday is a great way to go. If anyone around you is sick you definitely have to focus on washing your hands.

You can walk around the Purell, or one of those hand sanitizers, but you can also just wash your hands definitely before you eat any meal, that's the single best way that I'm protecting myself. I wash my hands all the time after I see patients and definitely as soon as I get home before dinner.