Avera Medical Minute: Can immune boosters, vitamins prevent sickness?
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Dr. Demetre Skliris with Avera Family Medicine joined Dakota News Now to discuss some misconceptions about immunity boosters and preventing sickness.
Do immunity boosters or vitamins help prevent sickness?
- Vitamin C is the most popular remedy for the common cold, but it’s not going to keep you from getting sick.
- It’s not all bad news though, The NIH does have the research to show that taking vitamin C increases the level of antioxidants in your blood which can help fight off inflammation.
- Immunity boosters are typically taken before an important event or trip, but it’s probably more placebo than actual preemptive medicine.
Is there a place for supplements and boosters?
- Nutrients like B12 and Vitamin D are important for strong energy and can help with immunity levels, but they will only help those who are deficient in the first place.
- Vitamin Supplements are just that, supplements. They shouldn’t be taken in large doses as too much could lead to digestion issues and deficiencies because your body will stop producing/absorbing vitamins naturally.
How do you naturally boost your immune system?
- Eat a healthy diet: a well-rounded diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables will strengthen your immune system with all the vitamins it needs
- Get moderate exercise: your body will naturally boost its immune system when you get up and move. It doesn’t have to be a lot either, 30 minutes of walking, biking, or lifting some weights consistently will pay dividends to your health.
- Make bedtime a priority: even one night of restricted sleep (less than 4 hours) suppresses your immune system and can increase inflammation. Keeping that routine can also help avoid insomnia and other issues with falling asleep.
What else can prevent sickness?
- Make sure you have a primary care provider. Having a PCP and regular checkups will help you keep track of your levels and identify any deficiencies.
- Regular checkups will also ensure that you are up to date on any vaccinations that can help prevent the spread of sickness like the Flu.
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