Dr. Oz's 14 Natural Immunity Boosters

Bolster your defenses and avoid getting sick with these natural immune-system boosters.

Dr. Oz's 14 Natural Immunity Boosters

You don't need to travel far to boost your immunity. You can find some items in your local store (or even in your kitchen!) to help bolster your defenses. Here, Dr. Oz shows you how to avoid getting sick with some natural immunity boosters.

Relieve Your Liver

You need to support your liver to make sure it's able to detoxify as much as it can and provide a good environment for immune cells that live there. Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, lettuce and cabbage support your liver and immune function by boosting the liver's ability to flush out toxins.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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