Good Health News: Nutrition And Your Immune System

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Edward A. Layne, M.D., Editor

NUTRITION & STRENGTHENING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

In the next four issues, we will focus on Nutrition and other suggestions to strengthen the immune system:

Many patients have asked me: Doctor, is there any truth to the suggestion that I can improve the function of my immune system if I eat the right foods?

The answer is yes. Here are some general pointers:

  1. Some of the factors that affect the integrity of the  immune system are your diet, stress, chronic fatigue, decreased oxygen reaching your tissues and pollution in the environment.
  2. Most of your immune system is in your gastrointestinal tract (gut) and the gut seems to function best when it is maintained in a slightly alkaline state (as opposed to slightly acid state).
  3. In general, a diet that consists mainly of greens and fruits and vegetable will keep the body in a slightly alkaline state.
  4. On the other hand, a diet that consists mainly of meat and meat products will tend to keep the body in a slightly acid state.