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Natural Methods for Strengthening Your Immune System

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In the midst of back-to-school preparations, it is easy to forget about taking care of a very important blessing: your health. No one wants to feel under the weather or have low energy, especially during the summer.  Your best defense is to build a healthy immune system, naturally. 

For example, did you know that your thyroid gland controls your metabolism and keeps your body running at optimum levels?  If your thyroid levels are low or if your cells are not utilizing your thyroid hormones properly, then you could suffer from a wide range of symptoms, including:

• Fatigue

• Weight gain

• Fluid retention

• Cold extremities and cold sensitivity

• Decreased mental sharpness, “brain fog”

• Hair loss

• Dry skin

• Depression, anxiety or mood swings

• Muscle pain and cramps

• Joint pain

• Recurrent and chronic infections

• Headaches

However, you don’t have to suffer any longer. At Hotze Health & Wellness Center (www.hotzehwc.com), we have found that bioidentical thyroid or desiccated thyroid supplementation is an easy and effective solution for low thyroid function. 

In addition to thyroid supplementation, there are other natural ways to help you improve your immune system and increase your energy level. Focus on adding nutrient-rich, organic fruits, vegetables, and nuts to your diet and cut down on processed foods and sugar. Sugar depresses the immune system, putting your body at a disadvantage at fighting off illness. Processed foods are chemicals that poison the cells of your body. Unhealthy, malfunctioning cells lead to sickness and disease. The easiest and most cost-effective change you can make to your health is as simple as cleaning up your diet.

Make sure you are getting eight hours of sleep each night to give your body time to recharge. Your body is quite productive while you sleep, repairing and regenerating your cells. Healthy cells are important for a healthy immune system.

Did you know that your muscles and cardiovascular system are not the only parts of your body that benefit from regular exercise? It also strengthens your immune system by improving your immune response. 

Take your vitamins: Probiotics are “good bacteria” that line the intestinal tract and have been shown to support gut health. Scientific research has found that 80 percent of the immune system is in the GI tract. One study of 3,451 study participants showed that a daily dose of probiotics reduced the number of people who had at least one cold by 42 percent. Vitamin C helps fight infections and is critical for healthy adrenal glands. Zinc optimizes the immune system and has direct antiviral effects. Garlic fights germs responsible for causing the common cold, flu, sore throat, sinusitis and bronchitis. Maintain high levels of vitamin D by supplementing with vitamin D3 and through natural sunlight exposure. Ask your physician to check your vitamin D levels to ensure they are up to par. 

These simple but important choices will help boost your immune system and keep the cold and flu at bay. My wish for you is to be healthy — all year long!  If you are low on energy and suffer from chronic illnesses, or have a loved one who does, then I would like to offer you a complimentary copy of my newest book, Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness. To order your free copy, please visit www.thyroidanswer.com/katychristian. 

Steven F. Hotze, M.D., is the founder and CEO of Hotze Health & Wellness Center (HHWC), Physician’s Preference and Hotze Pharmacy. For more information, visit www.hotzehwc.com or call 888-473-5531. 

For more information on thyroid health, please visit www.thyroidanswer.com/katychristian. Dr. Hotze’s radio program, “Health and Wellness Solutions,” airs Monday-Thursday on KSEV 700 AM from 12-1 p.m. CST.  

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