Do you know the best way to deal with any sickness to keep yourself and your family safe from germs? It’s by boosting your immune system…which is your first line of defense in fighting off possible infections.

Here are some good-health guidelines that you can follow for a stronger immune system:

Get adequate sleep – How much sleep you need depend on your age, overall health and individual need. Try to set up good bedtime routines.

Exercise as a family – Moderate exercise can reduce inflammation and promote healthy turnover of immune cells and reduce stress.

Manage your stress level – Both chronic and temporary stress can have physiological effects that can lower a body’s ability to fight off infections. It’s important to keep an eye out for signs that your child may be stressed.

Stayed hydrated – Dehydration can make you more susceptible to illness.

Laugh together – Laughter may boost immune system while reducing levels of stress.

Eat a well-balanced diet – Add food high in antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those in salmon and chia seeds. These fats may naturally fight illness.

Limit added sugars – Lowering your sugar intake may decrease inflammation and your risk of certain conditions.

Keep current with all recommended vaccines – Vaccines prepares your immune system to fight off infections before they take hold in your body.

Last but not the least…wash your hands thoroughly and regularly, as many germs and viruses can be transmitted by your own hands.

And don’t forget, in times of need, Lexington Clinic Veterans Park always has your back! Dr. Marisa Belcastro, Dr. Craig Irwin and Dr. Jordan Prendergast offer comprehensive and easily accessible care for you and your family members of all ages.

Best of all, you can now schedule online Telehealth visits from the comfort and safety of your home. For more information, log on to www.lexingtonclinic.com or schedule an appointment today by calling 859-272-1928.

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