Nearly everyone with a search engine can find information about symptoms, disease, and treatment options, but what simple measures can be taken to improve overall health? Surrounding the body with natural, plant-based food, along with those containing life-giving nutrients, minerals, and vitamins can go a long way to restoring a body that has been on a diet of fast foods, sodas, and sugar based food.
The immune system is clearly the important factor in staying out of a state of disease and must be optimized for healthy bodies.
When the immune system is weak it can lead to disorders of the organs, tissue, and cells that would normally be active in protecting the body against bacteria, viruses, germs, and other invaders through the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system contains white blood cells that trap the invaders, including cancer cells. White blood cells are the cells of the immune system, made in one of the lymph organs, the bone marrow, along with the spleen and thymus.
Several researches have shown that nutrition plays a major role in supporting the production and action of both the cells and the soluble factors of the immune system. Protein, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and certain vitamins, and minerals are all very instrumental to a healthy immune system.
Restoring or boosting the immune system by getting to the root cause of its failure is paramount to restoring the delicate balance, and the first step in recovering a weakened immune system is through food. By making healthy food choices, specifically staying away from processed food and those with little nutritional value, and choosing quality vegetables and grains which are also excellent sources of many of the immune-stimulating amino acids. An immune system recovery system should contain foods rich in providing high-quality and complete protein such as those found in eggs, fish, and shellfish.
It’s always best to consult your health care provider for your specific immune system care as there are many aspects to be considered when optimal health is the issue. AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center and Dalal Akoury, MD continually offer treatments and consultations based on restoring or boosting a weak immune system and working with patients on their personal health choices.
Dr. Dalal Akoury practices Integrative Addictive treatment, Integrative Cancer treatment, Age Management and lifestyle medicine, focusing on customized nutrition and fitness programs. She is Fellowship trained and certified in Integrative Cancer Therapy, Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine, and has more than twenty years of accumulated experience in emergency medicine, pediatrics, and a master’s degree in public health. Dr. Akoury has also served fellowships in pediatric hematology/oncology and has performed research in leukemia and the effects of smoking at Emory in collaboration with the CDC. Over the past 3 years, Dr. Akoury has focused strictly on addiction patients. 95% of her patients are treated naturally and have recovered from their addiction. Dr. Akoury has written several pieces on the topic of addiction and is a well-known advocate and speaker. She is extremely passionate and driven about addiction treatment and research.