What to Eat to Help Your Immune System
Your immune system is an incredibly complex component of your body. Not only does your immune system help shield you from potentially dangerous viruses and bacteria, but it helps you live your life to the fullest. James J. Hether, D.C. in DeLand can encourage you keep your immune system to function optimally, whether it be through eating right, exercising, or chiropractic adjustments.
Why Diet Is Important for Your Immune System
The saying as old as time suggests: you are what you eat. In a lot of ways, this is true! The foods that we put into our bodies can either benefit or harm our immune system. Just as ingesting large amounts of protein is recommended for building muscle, having a well-balanced diet is crucial to making sure your body is performing optimally.
What foods should you stay away from if you want to improve your immune system? In general, Dr. Hether recommends you stay away from processed foods. Processed foods are typically any food that goes through a rigorous factory process to get to your kitchen, such as packaged meats, cereals, canned vegetables, and most sweets. Processed foods contain a lot of preservatives and chemicals, which can hurt your immune system in the long run.
Limiting alcohol is also an important part of developing a strong immune system. Too much alcohol can lead to a lower quality of sleep and deprive your body of nutrients, leading to a decrease in immune system function.
Improving Your Immune System With the Right Diet
Dr. Hether understands how difficult it can be to get on a healthy diet, which is he wants to help you get there. He recommends you eat foods known to help boost your immune system, including:
- Citrus fruits
- Wild-caught fish
- Other natural foods
Boost Your Immune System With James J. Hether, D.C. in DeLand
While Dr. Hether will direct you to your PCP or nutritionist for dietary advice that matches your health needs, it’s important to know that eating right is just the first step to improving your immune system to shield you from illnesses. On top of having the right diet, boosting your immune system requires you to lower your stress, blood pressure, and do something about any pain you may be experiencing. Research shows that frequent chiropractic adjustments can boost your immune system by reducing your stress through neck and spinal manipulation.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you experience neck, back or spine pain and want to improve your immune system, eating right is only part of the battle. Contact James J. Hether, D.C. at (386) 734-0702. See what he can do to get your lifestyle back on track.