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What Is Good For Your Immune System
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Foreign molecules: The immune system looks for molecules that are not native to the territory for which they are invading. A virus in the respiratory tract, a toxic grain in the gut, an enviromental chemical in the skin and even pharmaceutical drugs are all examples of immune system stimulants. ...Read more
How long does it take your immune system to rebuild? What are some good things to take to help it along?
Diet and exercise: Contrary to the claims in health food stores, there is no way to "boost your immune system." your immune system is great at what it does; there's nothing you can do to improve it. What you can do is provide it with the tools it needs to do its job - eat a healthy, nutritious diet, get adequate exercise, and keep your bmi under 25. Take care of your body, and your immune system will take care of you. ...Read more
Why are immunosuppressants good for some people if we need our immune system to fight off disease?
Relative: immuno-suppression is resorted to when there is a "hyperactive " immune state leading to an auto-immune disease or condition, or to allow the immune system to adapt to a transplanted tissue, that doesn't mean that the immune system is totally knocked out (in some states yes during bone marrow transplant) but can still fight certain infections, till total recovery, the immune system is complex ...Read more
Nothing special: If you eat healthy meals with ample amounts of veggies and fruits along with whole grains, you will get adequate amounts of vitamins. So you hardly need to take any vitamin supplements. The only vitamin supplement if you want to take anything at all, would be vitamin-c which appears to have some beneficail effect in enhancing your immune system but even this is debated. ...Read more
Immune system attack: Good evening, it is an insightful question! HIV agent attacks the immune cells themselves while most other infectious agents are attacked by cells of immune system as soon as they enter our body. Hiv enters the immune cells, kills them, causes programmed cell death of cells, and we lose cell-mediated immunity. This makes us defenseless against other invading organism and normally harmless germs. ...Read more
I work at a daycare and constantly get sick. Know any good ways to go about boosting my immune system?
Vitamin D: According to an increasing number of studies, people with adequate vitamin d levels are less likely to get colds, the flu, etc.. Echinacea, zinc lozenges, and elderberry extract can all be useful to shorten the duration and intensity of a cold if taken regularly within the first 24 hours of symptoms. Agree with good hand washing and keeping them away from your face, and with getting flu shot. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are good foods to eat when you have a cold? I know there's no cure, but which foods are best to help w/symptoms or boosting the immune system?
No difference: Sorry to burst any bubbles about diet, infections, and the immune system. But the foods you eat or avoid will make no difference in your cold symptoms or how quickly it clears up. Just maintain a normal diet, with increased fluids if you have fever. Whatever tastes good and goes down easy will be just fine. ...Read more
Green Tea: It is of course thought to be very beneficial to health by many cultures in the world. I do not believe there is any scientific evidence of specific benefits such as 'immune boosting'. Billions of people use green tea in our world. ...Read more
Juicing: Although anecdotal, i juice daily with organic vegetables in the morning and i haven't had a cold in years. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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