Ask the Nurse

My 6 year old granddaughter frequently brings home a virus that attacks the entire family since we all rush to her side to cheer her up when she’s sick. When she gets sick, what supplement should we take to ward off the illness? What foods should we cook to make our immune systems stronger? Is there something we should do preemptively to get ahead of winter viruses?

The immune system is composed of specialized cells, tissues and organs that work together to protect our body. The immune system is our own innate army, protecting our body from germs and other microorganisms. For the most part our immune system does a great job at keeping us healthy and preventing infections. Disorders of the immune system and/or deficiencies of the immune system can result in recurring and life threatening infections, which should be further evaluated by your primary physician. The immune system can be affected by:

  • Inadequate sleep
  • Rest
  • Nutrition

There are many items on the market that proclaim to boost your immune system. How effective they are, is unknown. In my opinion the best way to boost your immune system to help ward off illness is to make sure that you are getting:

  • Adequate sleep
  • Rest
  • Nutrition
  • Practicing good healthy hygiene by washing your hands

All My Best,
Speaking of Women's Health Nurse

March 23, 2013 at 1:32pm