Boost Your Immune System For Fall

by Dr. Kathleen Hall
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Fall Challenges Your Health

Fall is here, and so are the many challenges that can lower your immunity, such as the COVID, flu, colds, and stress. Stress, anxiety, and depression have an immediate and long-term effect on your immune system and can compromise your health by reducing your immunity.

S.E.L.F. Care This simple, easy to remember acronym will give your immune system a boost.  

Dr. Hall’s S.E.L.F. Care Program

S is for Serenity

Meditation gives you an immune boost. Practice a short mediation or guided imagery at least once a day. Do to an online meditation or guided imagery class.  Gaia and other sites have great instructors. Download great apps, such as the Mindful Living Network app or CALM. Listening to music gives you an immune boost, and if you sing, you get a 250% boost in your immune system.  

E is for Exercise.

Any form of exercise produces endorphins. All exercise gives you an immediate immune boost. Walk for 10 minutes, do yoga, Tai Chi, or chi gong. Lift some light weights for a few minutes or take the stairs up to your office. All of these movements give you an immune boost.

L is for Love

Being with people you love gives you an immune boost. When you are in the presence of people, you produce serotonin, endorphins, and oxytocin, relaxing healing hormones. This is challenging during the pandemic. Connecting with Zoom, Facetime, Microsoft Teams, or Skype gives you the virtual physical presence of another person. This is important to boost your immune system. If you don’t like people get a cat or a dog.

F is for Food.

Eat all the colorful food you can for antioxidants that help with immune function. Eat foods rich in Omega 3 foods and or take Omega oil in capsules. Broccoli boosts your immune system along with green tea, oranges, or orange juice. Foods rich in B6 help your body produce serotonin, which helps boost your immune system. B6 foods such as bananas, tuna, turkey, sweet potatoes, and brown rice are great immune boosters.

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