Daily Health Tips: Strengthening The Immune System And Treating Hormonal Imbalance.


Q: Good morning, Dr, please what type of food or drug can boost one’s immune system? Secondly, how can hormonal imbalance be treated? Remain Blessed.

A: The immune system is a collection of specialized cells, organs and substances that help protect us daily from germs and diseases. In people with compromised immune system, this function is lost such that germs that may not have ordinarily caused disease, are able to cause significant damage to the body. Reducing or coping better with our stress helps strengthen our immune system as does getting adequate amounts of sleep daily.
Fruits and vegetables, generally, are filled with anti-oxidants and phyto-nutrients which are substances that help fight diseases. So, loading up on these is always a great idea. Cooking the veggies minimally, juicing them and eating them fresh helps ensure that you are getting the maximum benefits from them. Remember that your vegetables should be washed with food safe disinfectant or salt and rinsed before cutting. Fruits should also be thoroughly washed before eating. Water melon and grape fruits are particularly good in strengthening and activating the immune system. Spinach, fish, cabbage, sweet potatoes, almonds, broccoli, mushrooms, oysters, garlic and low fat yoghurt are also immune-boosting foods

A collection of tissues called the endocrine system is responsible for the production of hormones which control various functions in the body like metabolism, sexual reproduction, mood etc. Treatment is dependent on the cause. Excess weight can lead to high estrogen levels. So, exercise and weight loss can be beneficial here. High levels of thyroid hormones can be treated with drugs, radioactive iodine or surgery. The stress hormone, cortisol is produced when one is stressed and so treatment is focused on stress management techniques. So, the doctor has to investigate to find out the exact cause of the imbalance and then treat accordingly.
On Ebola: Remember that using a hand sanitizer is not a substitute for proper hand washing. It is a measure to be used on the move when hand washing cannot be immediately done. However, visibly dirty hands should be washed with soap and water.

Have a great weekend, people šŸ™‚

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