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:
- 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.
- 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).
- In general, a diet that consists mainly of greens and fruits and vegetable will keep the body in a slightly alkaline state.
- 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.