Fall is right around the corner, which means it’s time to bundle up and prepare your body for the cool weather to come. The immune system is a large collection of different cells that have a primary goal to protect your body and attack foreign organisms or matter. Keeping these natural defenses strong is very important for transitioning into the new season, but it involves a variety of strategies.
Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine shares his top 10 ways to keep you strong for the transitioning season.
1. EXERCISE ON A DAILY BASIS
The minimum should be a half hour of continuous running to increase oxygenation to tissues as well as deliver vitamins, minerals, and hormones to these cells.
2. BE SURE TO GET GOOD DEEP RESTORATIVE SLEEP
This should be at least six hours every night. Sleep deprivation not only makes us tired, but it decreases function in almost all organs.
3. KEEP CHEMICALS AND PRESERVATIVES OUT OF THE DIET
These should be eaten as organically as possible with the diet comprised of vegetables, fruits, and good protein sources.
4. TEST YOUR BLOOD FOR VITAMINS, MINERALS, AND HORMONES
Studies prove that vitamin deficiency is correlated with degenerate disease. These test will guide you to exactly what nutrients you’re deficient in and how to solve the issues. “There is no better test than this,” says Dr. Calapai.
5. DO NOT SMOKE CIGARETTES
This is a no brainer as they contain thousands of dangerous chemicals that lead to a low immune system.
6. BE CAREFUL WITH EXPOSURE TO ALCOHOL
If done in excess, this can have the variety harmful effects to the body.
7. MAINTAIN A CLEAN HOME ENVIRONMENT
In areas where you spend the most time, make sure that surfaces are cleaned with germ killing products. HEPA filtration systems are great for to capturing dust, allergens, or harmful organisms.
8. WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY
Practice this several day, and avoid contact with others whom show signs of chronic infection, flu, or any virus.
9. TRY TO MINIMIZE STRESS, ANXIETY, AND IRRITABILITY
Taking a break during a stressful day can make the negative response much less progressive.
10. BE SURE TO VISIT YOUR DOCTOR FOR ROUTINE TESTING AND PHYSICAL EXAM INFORMATION
This ensures you are aware of exactly what is going on with your body, and how to spot serious issues before they occur.
Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. His notable patients include Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue, and the New York Rangers.