With flu season just around the corner and other viruses going around, it’s important to keep an eye on your health and immune system. During such busy times of the year, it’s always a hassle when you get sick and have to take off work or take off from your other responsibilities. It doesn’t have to be that way, though! Tackle those bugs before they happen by staying on top of your immune system before it can become infected.
With the help of hormone therapy and these additional six steps, you can boost your immune system. Boosting your immune system will help you avoid getting sick as well as help you recover faster if you do get sick.
Commons Ways to Boost Your Immune System
You are probably familiar with the many common ways to boost your immune system outside of hormone therapy. By combining these steps with hormone therapy, you will have your body in top notch shape to fight off infections.
-Alcohol: In moderation, alcohol is actually good for your immune system. Polyphenols can be found in both beer and wine and is proven to help strengthen your immune system. If taking this route, women should only have 1 beer or glass of wine and men are recommended two at most. Drinking more will not be beneficial for your body and can increase your risk of health issues.
-Eat the Right Foods: A healthy diet is always important so you want to keep in mind the types of vitamins you are consuming in each of your meals. To keep your immune system healthy, make sure you are loading up on Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. You can find some of these in citrus fruits, broccoli, spinach, and almonds.
-Exercise & Stay in Shape: 30 minutes of exercise a day is recommended to help boost your immune system. This can include walking, running, lifting weights, cycling, or anything you would like at a moderate pace.
-Get Plenty of Rest: Rest is extremely important for your body. Try to get 6-8 hours of sleep per night so that your body can feel at its best.
-Relax: Relaxing is not necessarily the same as resting. Relaxing is more to help reduce long-term stress and cortisol levels. Some great ways to work on this is through yoga, deep breathing, mediation, or going for a walk. There are a lot of ways to do this, so find a way that helps you the most.
-Supplements & Vitamins: Supplements and vitamins are an easy way to get in the vitamins that we listed above if you have a hard time getting them with your diet. The main vitamins you should take are Vitamin B, C, D, and E. Be sure to do your research on supplements and vitamins before purchasing.
Hormones & Your Immune System
There are a few hormones in your body that directly affect your immune system: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), and growth hormones (GH or somatotropin). As these hormones start to naturally decline as you age, it’s very common for your immune system to start to weaken. With the help of bioidentical hormone therapy, you can continue to keep your immune system performing at its best. Balanced hormones are the key to keeping your body feeling young and healthy.
The Riegel Center specializes in providing hormones that your body recognizes. After an initial virtual consultation with Dr. Riegel, you will go in for blood work at your local LabCorp center. Once Dr. Riegel has your blood results back, we can effectively start hormone replacement therapy for you. With virtual hormone therapy you can be treated anywhere in the United States. We conveniently mail all of your hormones to you and continue to monitor your bloodwork and adjust as needed. For more information on bioidentical hormone therapy, visit our website today.