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How can i boost my immune system?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Vitamins: Vitamins and a healthy diet and lifestyle are the best way.
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.
Dr. Rick Kirschner
Dr. Rick Kirschneranswered
General Practice 40 years experience
Several: Vitamin c raises hdl, lowers blood pressure, inhibits arterial plaque. Vitamin e implicated in lowering risk of cardiovascular dz (harvard study) beta carotene stimulates production of natural killer cells, macrophages and t-cell lymphocytes. Bioflavenoids protect cell membranes. Zinc increases white blood cells to fight infection. Omega 3s increase phagocyte activity.
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.
Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
Reduce stress: Stress is a well known factor in reducing your immunity. Reduce your stress level whenever you can- eat a healthful diet, get 8 hrs of sleep, and try to achieve a balanced work-rest lifestyle.
Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 57 years experience
Simple rules: Get adequate rest. Eat properly, exercise. Try to have proper mental health. It sounds simple but each of these things can affect the inmmune system. Also having parents with a good immune system can help.
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.
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Healthy life: Exercise, eat healthy, don't smoke and don't waste your money on booster supplements.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Exercise: The only intervention in older folks that consistently, by prospective studies, is shown to benefit realistic measures of immune protection from disease is aerobic exercise. I'm ready to bet this applies to teens like yourself. Health comes from living abundantly & working hard, not taking pills. If you think you have true immunodeficiency, get with your physician & let us know.
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
What's the prob: The immune system has many facets, what are you trying to achieve? An immune deficiency is best diagnosed by an allergist/immunologist and they can guide you on how to treat it.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Several!: Adequate sleep. Regular exercise. Avoid stress, which weakens your immune system-this is true for both physical and emotional stress! make sure you get adequate nutrition. I do recommend supplemental zinc (50mg). But even doing all of these, if your genetics are wrong, you still may be prone to autoimmune disease!
Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
Live healthy: The best way to boost your immunity is to eat right, exercise regularly, get enough rest and sleep. Also, you should refrain from being "too clean". There is no need for vitamins or supplements. Very few of the many supplements advertised for boosting the immune system are truly active.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Depends on meaning: Many "non-medical" supplements, foods, herbs, and techniques are claimed to "boost" the immune system, but none have been proven effective. The immune system is complex, and "boosting" it to make it act stronger is not always a good thing. In conditions like arthritis, thyroid disease, diabetes type 1, lupus, eczema, etc..., the immune system is over-acting and damaging the patient's own organs.

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What should I do to boost my nonexistant immune system?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Why do you say!: Do you have an autoimmune disease? Are you prone to frequent infections? Why do you think you have a weak immune system? Proper sleep, relief from stress, good nutrition, nutritional support ( zinc deficiency weakens the immune system appreciably). We need more information to give you a better answer!
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How can I most effectively boost your immune system?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Healthy lifestyles: It is hard to boost your immune system excpet with vaccines used for infection control. But one can compromise the normal immune system by certain unhealthy life styles like excessive drinking, not getting adequate sleep or be overly stressed. Avoiding these factors may keep your immune system healthy and prepared to protect you from many diseases.
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What can I do to boost immune system to my child?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Several possibities: Breastfeed if an infant, vaccinate on time, provide a balanced nutrition & access to proper rest & exercise. There is no particular immune builders with as much documented success as those listed above.
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How can I best boost my immune system?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Here are a few: Get adequate sleep(7-8 hours daily), exercise daily, eat healthy(using ample servings of vegetables and fruits daily) and avoid alcohol as much as possible or limit it to no more than 1-2 drinks on any day.
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What could I do to boost kids immune system?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Diet/exercise/shots: A well balanced diet and exercise will allow a kid to develop his/her best immune responses.Breast feeding during the first year adds transient immune factors that will fade over time. Vaccines as recommended by the american academy of pediatrics & the american council on immunization practices will maximize the immune barrier to otherwise worrisome childhood diseases.

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