How To Maximize Immunity to Minimize Cold and Flu Threat
By Dr. Molly Casey
It’s the time of year people tend to be knocked down by getting sick, namely with colds and flu. Here are a few tips to stay as healthy as possible through a time when most others are taking a hit. These tips come from the vantage point of health arising from within, so the suggestions are written in that order. The idea is to support and strengthen the natural functions of the body so it can properly do the work it’s intended to do naturally. Remember, your body is intended to be healthy, not sick.
The chiropractic adjustment promotes optimal nervous system function, which is the starting point for all things. You live your entire life through your nervous system. It is the communication system of the body. When that communication system has interference (when the spine is not moving properly through its range of motion or stuck in certain areas), your health and your ability to function at your optimal level suffers. Chiropractic adjustments restore proper spinal joint function, thereby removing nervous system interference so that your body is able to function at its highest possible level. As well, the chiropractic adjustment has been shown to increase immune system function.
The bottom line is this: our society as a whole is significantly dehydrated. People don’t drink enough water. You are made up of mostly water and all cells within your body require it at some level for functioning. When you don’t drink enough water, your body is not properly armed to carry out its daily cellular functions. Then, when you come into contact with germs that you’re regularly exposed to, it’s much more difficult to ward them off.
So, drink more water. Half your body weight in ounces, to be specific.
Sleep is a weapon. A very important weapon. Your body needs good quality sleep to repair and restore. The majority in this society, along with being dehydrated, is sleep-deprived. When you empty your arsenal of the rest/repair the body requires, you decrease your ability to ward off the invaders that cause colds and flu.
The body and its proper functioning are supported through proper nutrition/fuel. Imagine trying to put watered down gas in your car; how well would it run? This is what you are doing to your body when using processed and chemically-laden foods, sugar, and caffeine as staples for your diet. Without proper fuel, one can’t function optimally and definitely can’t ward off infection. Eat whole foods that are known to support immune function, such as green leafy vegetables and juice from lemons and limes, to name a few.
Stay active. Move your body. When you exercise, you stimulate the lymph system, which flushes toxins out of your system. The more quickly you move crud out of your system, the more efficiently you can process anything that comes your way. Be active at least 30 minutes daily.
Cold and flu season doesn’t need to take you down with it. You don’t need to suffer the way many others do, but it takes conscious choice and consistent effort to build up your body’s optimal level of functioning. Use the steps above to help along the way. Come in to see us at The Joint Chiropractic so that any one of our chiropractors at more than 400 locations can help you along your path. Here’s to your health!
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