Best Practices for Optimal Immune Health

In an era of ever-increasing threats to your health, it’s important to keep your immune system as strong as possible. The lifestyle choices you make are critically important to helping your immune system keep you healthy.

Keep in mind, following a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it can include small changes in your everyday life to give your body optimal immune health. Your immune system is a network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to fight off infections.

It all starts with your daily habits. Your mental health, lifestyle choices, and food choices all play a role in your immune health. 

At Monarque Health & Wellness in Ashland, Oregon, we care about your holistic health. Elisabeth A. Sturm, Lisa S. Morris, Kamara Dodd, and Suzanne Sanderson specialize in disease prevention. Consider these factors:

Eat a plant-based diet 

Plant-based foods reduce inflammation and provide your body with nutrients you can’t get from other foods. Plants contain antioxidants, which help remove free radicals that are roaming your body and causing healthy cells to break down.

Prolonged inflammation can cause long-term damage, so adding plant-based foods into your diet can limit this inflammation. Plant-based foods contain protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals for optimal health, and they’re often higher in fiber and phytonutrients. 

In a study with 200,000 people, those who ate a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, legumes and nuts had a significantly lower risk of developing heart disease when compared with those who did not follow a plant-based diet.

Focus on sleep 

Simply stated, your immune system needs sleep. Sleep is an important period of rest to rejuvenate and hit the reset button. When you sleep, breathing and muscle activity slow down. Your body frees up energy so your immune system can perform these tasks.

Use the functional medicine approach

Functional medicine considers all of your body’s systems in a biology–based approach. It focuses on addressing the root cause of various diseases by looking at each symptom to identify what may be contributing to stress or an underlying condition. 

Regular blood, stool and metabolic panels can provide a window into your health. The team at Monarque Health & Wellness can suggest a variety of tests to ensure your overall health is in check. Other indicators may come from celiac testing and checking your hormone levels and adrenal function profiles. 

The key to optimal immune health is a consistent routine for your mind, body, and soul. Regular visits at Monarque Health & Wellness can also give you a holistic look at your health.

Call 541-326-4777 or use our convenient book online feature to schedule an in-person appointment or virtual visit and get your health on track. 

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