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Cold, flu, gastro—find out how to strengthen your immune system and avoid viruses!
It could be said that the human body is fully equipped to deal with foreign threats such as viruses, bacteria and parasites. The immune system is a highly complex defence system used by the body to ensure resistance to diseases. Imagine a tiny legion of soldiers ready to fight when met with a health threat. Fever and inflammation are examples of weapons used by the body to protect against potential threats.
Unfortunately, the immune system’s ability to defend the body is not foolproof or unchanging, but instead, rather variable. Therefore, at certain times, and in the presence of various factors, the immune system’s “capability” can sometimes be compromised.
Here are some examples of factors known to “weaken” the immune system:
It is important to note that some people may have a weakened immune system due to certain medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, cancer or HIV) or treatments (e.g. such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy). This text is of a general nature and is geared to individuals who are usually in good health and not for those who require specific medical care.
There is currently no medication or product officially approved by Health Canada to strengthen the immune system for people who are generally in good health. However, certain products available at the pharmacy have shown promising results during clinical studies. For example, this is the case for:
It is difficult to draw firm conclusions about the effectiveness of most of these products because study results are sometimes contradictory or inconclusive. However, it should be noted that these products are usually considered to be well-tolerated, safe and otherwise beneficial to health.
Your lifestyle influences your health and immune system. Here are 10 effective ways within your reach that can help protect you from infection.
Speak to your pharmacist for additional information about the prevention of infections.
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