I'd love some advice about how to boost my immunity. I have honestly been at my allopathic doctor's office once a week for 2 months...each time for a different issue. I think it must be related to my immunity. Some of the issues I've seen the dr for have been: cyst in my armpit, a re-accuring stye - i've thrown out all eye make-up and now stopped wearing make up all together. The stye got so bad that I ended up with a terrible infection in my eye, which I took antibiotics for. I ended up having a reaction to the antibiotics and had horrible hives spread all over my body. I recovered from that using strong antihistamines and steroids but now I have a boil?/red bump on my upper thigh that is so painful. I've been soaking it in salt water, and applying tea tree oil, but I'm afraid I'll need to go back to the dr's office and he'll prescribe more antibiotics. My sleep is alright, I've upped my intake of vitamin c and zinc. I'm just at a loss. I am a little bit stressed out as I am doing an intercontinental move this month and starting school again. But I'm not feeling horribly stressed. I need to fix my body. Do you have any suggestions? thank you
I would highly suggest that you find a licensed naturopathic or holistic physician who can test your adrenal and thyroid levels. Both of these hormonal systems can have a lot to do with immune response, and if either or both systems are imbalanced, one can develop symptoms such as what you describe. Conventional doctors don't usually run the appropriate tests, so finding a holistic physician you can work with is important.
As for home care, I have seen an anti-inflammatory diet help. This means cutting out all refined foods, caffeine, sugars, soy, dairy, gluten, and hormonally-processed meats. Focusing on grass-fed meats, organic eggs, beans, nuts and veggies can greatly boost immune health and optimize hormone levels.
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