By William Sears, M.D.
There’s an easy way to keep in mind what you can do to support a healthy immune system. I’ve dubbed it the Four Pillars to a Healthy Immune System. Just remember what the the acronym LEAN:
L is for LIFESTYLE – Make health your hobby. By boosting your immune system you’re boosting your ability to stay healthy.
E is for EXERCISE – Exercise helps mobilize the immune system for health. Try to squeeze in even 10-minute activity breaks most days of the week.
A is for ATTITUDE – Stress weakens the immune system by producing excess stress hormones that slow the body from healing. Take time out for meditation or otherwise shift gears away from life’s stresses every day.
N is for NUTRITION – Everyone’s heard the adage, “You are what you eat” and what you eat will make a difference in immune health. To keep nutrition simple, focus on the 5 S’s. Nothing makes the list without passing my “show me the science behind it” test:
- Salad – including an abundance of bright colored vegetables
- Smoothies – nutrient-rich and filling (see recipe in our next post)
- Spices – think turmeric, ginger and black pepper
- Supplements, including Omega 3 fish and Wellmune WGP® daily to enhance your body’s immune responses to a wide range of health challenges
Click here for more about Dr. Sears’s thoughts on immune health. A father of eight children, ages 16 to 41, and an author of over 40 books on childcare, Dr. Sears has been a practicing pediatrician for more than 35 years. He received his pediatric training at Harvard Medical School’s Children’s Hospital in Boston and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, the largest children’s hospital in the world.