Protect Yourself from Germs!

By Donna Stark

One of the earliest lessons we are taught when young is how to share. In fact, I can still hear my mom telling me to share my toys with friends, share the bathroom with my siblings, and share the good fortunes in life with those less fortunate. It really is a beautiful thought and is something I have even passed on to my own children. I expect them to share, but certainly not everything. And one of those things that I absolutely don't want them to share, or their friends to share with them, is germs. Yep, keep those little buggers to yourself!

Sharing Isn't Always Caring

Body aches, a scratchy throat, and box after box of tissues are a sure sign that you have unwelcome visitors. But unlike all of the other guests that you take out to introduce to your friends and family, these are the type that you should keep at home. Don't share your discomfort and misery once you have them, and try to keep them from coming back with the following suggestions.

  • Take probiotics - Probiotics are the good bacteria, the ones you want to welcome into your digestive system. Studies have shown that they help promote a healthy digestive tract and immune system. In fact, the strength of the immune system is definitely linked to the number of probiotics inside the stomach.
  • Avoid sugar - Refined sugar may as well be called the anti-nutrient because its consumption offers no nutritional value and actually takes nutrients away from the body's storage. Eating or drinking too much can suppress immune system cells that attack bacteria and that can create a greater challenge in fighting off colds and flu.
  • Add chiropractic care - It's extremely beneficial to take care of your nervous system by seeing your local chiropractor regularly. Your nervous system controls every cell, tissue, organ, and organ system within your body and, with proper spinal alignment, is able to function well and send accurate communications.
  • De-stress - Learn how to reduce or manage the stress in your life because the more stress you subject yourself to, the weaker your immune system becomes.
  • Consume a healthy diet - Although foods alone can't prevent you from becoming sick, they can be used to support the body's digestive and immune systems, so choose a healthy diet that is packed with nutrition. Most importantly though, maintain this diet throughout the year ... not just when you are sick!

Share the Good Stuff

Life is short, so share what is good! Share these tips on how to maintain a properly functioning immune system, share your grandmother's secret recipe for chicken soup, but don't ever share your germs. Keep those you love safe from any unwanted guests by maintaining your own optimal health. And if you happen to get sick? Keep it to yourself until it's safe enough to come back out and share your toys.

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

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