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Naturally Boosting your Immune System to Stay Healthy
Most people do not realize that a large part of the normal function of your immune system begins in a healthy gut. Up to 70% of the immune cells reside in the gut lining, and 90% of your serotonin (makes your brain happy) is produced in the gut.
So, taking steps to improve your gut health will also give a boost to your immunity to other diseases.
Things you can do to boost your immune system:
- Eat more vegetables. Eating a variety of colorful vegetables will pack in more nutrients. Most of us are not eating enough vegetables.
- Take a daily probiotic. Probiotics can ensure you are getting different strains of microbes which helps to improve your gut health and carries over to other areas of the body including your immune health. Quality products counts here, the cheaper products are usually worthless. We recommend two products, Strengtia by Apex Energetics with 30 billion friendly bacteria & Probiotic 50B by Pure Encapsulations with 50 billion.
- Eat fermented foods. Pickled vegetables, kefir, sauerkraut, yogurt. We also recommend eating more fresh sprouts, you can grow them inexpensively at home.
- Up your fiber intake. Fiber found in vegetables and whole grains has been shown to support infection fighting cells. Your improved health will include lower cholesterol, improved blood sugar control, promote weight loss and support healthy bowel movements. These are the kind of health affects you can easily live with. Some healthy options are nuts, lentils, fresh vegetables, psyllium, flax seeds, chia seeds. Dr. Cruz makes a fiber mix he calls his “Triple Banger”. Take equal parts of the psyllium, flax seeds & chia seeds, grind them together in a blender and keep refrigerated in a jar. Add a tablespoon daily to one of your meals either in a smoothie, over cereal, with yogurt, over a salad or sprinkle it over just about anything you want. Has a pleasant nutty taste.
- Eat less sugar and sweeteners.
- Reduce stress or add in stress relieving exercises to your day.
- Exercise regularly.
- Get enough sleep.
Wishing You Health and Peace
Dr. Cruz & Lesia