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is there any way i can boost my immune system?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Be healthy: Eat well, exercise and get plenty of sleep. Eat a well balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies. Be safe - wash your hands, cover your mouth, etc... Get all recommended vaccines! nothing else is clinically proven with great studies to tremendously change immune function.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Some ideas: Keep your weight in its recommended range for your height, gender, and age. Get plenty of rest and exercise. Lighten up—try to laugh more & stress less. Make sure your vitamin D level is within the normal range. Eat more foods containing omega-3 fatty acids. Don't smoke. Drink alcoholic beverages moderately. Get all recommended vaccinations. That oughta do it.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are some holistic cures to boost my immune system?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Nutrtion, herbs, etc: A good multivitamin & healthy diet helps. Many vitamins & minerals like vit a & d & zinc boost immunity. Avoid sweets and fried food. Many herbs like astragalus & ashwagandha help, as do medicinal mushrooms like reishi & shiitake. Reducing stress & getting adequate rest is crucial. Homeopathy & acupuncture help.The road to immunity by kenneth bock md is a wonderful book on how to boost immunity.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What is a heathy way to boost your amune system?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Several: Getting plenty of rest yet exercising, eating a health and balanced diet, drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding alcohol to excess, no drugs, avoiding stress, keeping a positive outlook, establishing loving relationships, seeking a higher power, praying or meditating and generally having a good outlook on life. These things will sever you well. Wash hands often, avoid crowds when possible.
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What can I take over-the-counter to boost metabolism?

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Dr. Willa Terry
Pediatrics 32 years experience
No otc supplements: A healthful diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein plus regular aerobic exercise boosts metabolism.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

I am (almost) constantly having a cold. What can I do to boost my immune system ?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Healthy lifestyle: First get tested for allergies. If that's not the issue, the best way to boost your immune system is by a healthy lifestyle. Eat a well-balanced diet, get plenty of sleep and exercise, work hard at achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Beyond that, supplements such as zinc and echinacia have been helpful to some, but are no substitute for the aforementioned advise.
Dr. Susan McCreadie
Holistic Medicine 23 years experience
Would also add probiotics and cod liver oil with vitamin D daily - these 3 supplements have great research to back their effectiveness in boosting a healthy immune system.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

What should I do to boost my immune system when I feel like i'm about to get sick?

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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
No magic pill: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Supplements should be used selectively to supplement a healthy diet.

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