Giving your immune system a boost

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Many of us are challenged like never before to try and stay healthy during the coronavirus crisis.

That means looking for ways to give our immune system a boost. But you need to make informed choices to reap the benefits.

There are lots of claims out there on ways to ward off or treat COVID-19. Eyewitness News turned to a trusted, national source to find out what does and doesn’t work.

“There are a lot of companies out there. They are telling you, trying to sell you immune boosters to reduce your risk of infection,” Dr. Margaret Hamburg said.

But Dr. Margaret Hamburg says don’t you believe it.

“None of those are proven to be true, and in fact those kinds of supplements, especially if taken in large doses, can actually harm you,” Dr. Hamburg said.

So can interactions between supplements and prescription medication you already take. That’s something for you and your doctor to discuss. So, what can help give your immune system an edge during the coronavirus crisis? Dr. Hamburg says begin with the basics.

“So, the best things you can do are to try and eat a healthy diet and to try and get exercise. You can still be physically active even if you’re sheltering in place and you can still go outside as long as you’re mindful about keeping appropriate distance from others. And getting your proper rest. Drinking fluids as well,” Dr. Hamburg said.

Dr. Hamburg says while drinking orange juice with Vitamin C won’t hurt, it’s not a cure for COVID-19.

One more thing. If you smoke, stop! Smoking damages the cilia which act as filters to keep the lungs clear.

Remember: changes you make now and in the coming days may go a long way to help give you the edge you need during the coronavirus crisis.

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