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Natural Solutions to Boost Immunity

By Donna Stark

Just because there is no surefire way to prevent your children from coming home with the common cold or flu, that doesn't mean you should stop trying natural solutions that will help boost their immune system. And luckily, a lot of the options that are available to you can also help reduce the severity of their symptoms should they wake up one morning with a sore throat, fever, and cough. Thankfully, we are almost at the end of the cold and flu season, but in the meantime, here are some of the most common natural remedies that can help you keep your family as healthy as possible.

Chiropractic Care

Your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic hate getting sick as much as you and they understand how important it is to keep your immune system functioning at an optimal level. The adjustments they provide have been shown to improve the body's nervous system which, in turn, helps the body respond to foreign invaders (viruses) and boost immunity. Even just one chiropractic adjustment can make a significant impact.

Elderberry

This little darling may be new to some people, but the truth is that it has been around for centuries. The syrup of these dark blue or purple berries is believed to reduce the severity and duration of colds and the flu, but best of all, you can take it in several different forms. Check them out below.

  • Tea
  • Syrup
  • Lozenges
  • Gummies

Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet that is rich in immune-boosting foods can help reduce the risk of your children getting sick. Try to incorporate as many of these foods into every meal.

  • Citrus fruits - Full of Vitamin C
  • Broccoli - Packed with vitamins A, C, and E
  • Garlic - Contains immune-boosting properties
  • Spinach - Loaded with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene
  • Greek yogurt - Helps stimulate the immune system

Sleep

If you are looking for one more reason to get your children into bed on time, reducing the risk of illness may be your answer! Sleep deprivation has been shown to have a negative effect on the body's immune system and chronic sleep loss can leave your children vulnerable to illness and disease. So schedule sleep like any other activity of the day and encourage your children to be consistent with their routines each night.

Surviving the Cold and Flu Season

You might not realize it, but there are so many different things you can do that will naturally boost everyone's immunity and if you would like even more ideas on how to protect your family, just ask your local chiropractors during your next adjustment at The Joint Chiropractic!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Peoria, Ariz.

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