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How to boost your immune system

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Dr. Pribila gives his patients advice on proper nutrition and how to improve their immune system to help combat COVID-19. 

During these challenging times, Dr. Pribila has some important advice on how to boost your immune system through proper nutrition with the goal of prevention and recovery from the effects of COVID-19. 

Dr. Pribila specializes in rehabilitation and wellness and is a big proponent of proper nutrition.  Your body requires the proper building blocks to not only recover but prevent future illness by keeping your immune system and body strong. His offices often check bloodwork to identify any nutritional deficiencies and then provide a recommendation of the appropriate supplementation needed.

Dr. Pribila believes a healthy diet is an important factor in optimizing your immune system. He suggests “eating a rainbow,” which means eating fresh non-processed foods that are green, red, orange, blue, and yellow. This assures you that you are eating a variety of foods for nutrition. 

Your diet should also avoid fruit juices and sugars, which Dr. Pribila says are “a breeding ground for viral, fungal, and bacterial replication and decreases white blood cell function up to 40 percent.” 

Further, your diet should be more plant-based, avoid vegetable oil, and include anti-inflammatory foods. These include salmon, raw vegetables and herbs like ginger and turmeric. 

In addition to a healthy diet, Dr. Pribila recommends getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night to decrease stress levels. If you find yourself unable to sleep, meditate or feel anxious then the revolutionary device known as NuCalm can help improve your sleep and lower stress levels. Dr. Pribila has had individuals rent the device or come in for regular treatments. (Nu Calm Stress/Sleep Therapy)

Hydration is also equally important. As little as one percent of dehydration can negatively affect your immune system. Dr. Pribila recommends five supplements for families on a budget during this time.

The first supplement is Vitamin C, with a recommended dosage of 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams per day split up throughout the day. Next is Zinc, which improves your immune system’s response to infection. Dr. Pribila recommends 50 to 90 milligrams per day split up. A Probiotic at a dosage of 30 to 50,000 colony-forming units (CFU) per day. Next is Vitamin D3 at about 5,000 to 15,000 IU’s per day, for optimum immunity. Finally, Dr. Pribila recommends three to six milligrams of Melatonin (a powerful antioxidant) primarily used to help those with problematic sleep. 

Other nutrients that have proven to be beneficial in aiding the immune system are: Bromelain, Elderberry (anti-bacterial/antiviral/antimucus), Maitake- Mushroom derived- stimulates the immune system, Berberine, NAC- helps boost glutathione levels for improved immunity (750-1500 mg a day) and B-Complex vitamins with 5 MTHF which helps with regulating homocysteine levels.

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“We have the option for patients to see us as an outpatient, or from home through telemedicine,” said Dr. Pribila. 

During this time, Dr. Pribila wants clients to know that he and the professionals at Therapeutic Rehab Specialists are here to help, both in person and from home through their very own HIPAA compliant telemedicine platform FyzioV.

Therapeutic Rehab Specialists is a business co-founded by Dr. Tony Pribila and Brad Young with professionals who are trained to assist their clients with various needs, including musculoskeletal pain, headaches, sleep disorders, concussions, sports performance and wellness.

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Dr. Pribila believes talking to a doctor and being provided with accurate medical information will ease the psychological stress of many clients during these anxious times. Patients wishing to be seen can visit Therapeutic Rehab Specialists at one of their three locations in Lakeland, Pinellas Park, and Brandon, Florida. 

In order to access a list of pharmaceutical-grade supplements, you can call the office at 813-876-8771 or visit this website for further information.

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