The immune system interacts directly with the entire body by acting as the internal defense system. Stress is a main contributor to decreased immunity. Nutritional status greatly influences immune health. A diet rich in vegetables, protein and whole grains, but low in fat and refined sugars is recommended. Both obesity and elevated blood sugar (glucose) levels negatively impact the immune system by interfering with antioxidant activity.
Vitamins and mineral that are essential for immune health include: Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, Zinc and Selenium. These vital nutrients are best obtained as part of a healthy diet, but are also available in multivitamin supplements.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, offers comprehensive vitamin testing to her patients. Dr. Hermann is also board certified in nutrition. Offices are maintained in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. Please contact the office at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.