Interesting Ways to Boost the Immune System
By Genevieve Cunningham
Cold and flu season is upon us. Runny noses, sore throats, and achy muscles are par for the course for this time of year. But for the most part, we’re all fairly interested in how to keep these illnesses far away from our homes and our bodies. The first step in doing this is to boost your immune system. Without a healthy immune system, your body can’t fight off the germs as they invade. So how can we do this? One way is to visit The Joint Chiropractic and get your spine adjusted; the spine houses the nervous system, and its proper function impacts the immune system.
Her are some other interesting ways to keep your immune system healthy and illness away this season.
Reach for the Stink
This sounds disgusting, but smelly foods tend to be powerful immune boosters. Let’s look at two smelly culprits … onions and garlic. Both of these foods are natural antibiotics, which means they’ll help fight off germs that do invade your body. They are also known for clearing the sinuses, fighting against fungus, and boosting your immunities. At this time of year, eating these stinky foods can do wonders for keeping the flu away. Just make sure you carry around some gum or a toothbrush, or germs won’t be the only thing staying away.
Get Some Sun
It’s thought that sunlight helps to boost your immune system. This isn’t surprising since Vitamin D is a crucial component of a healthy body, and sunlight just happens to be one of the best ways to get it. Even in the winter, it’s possible to get sunlight. If you’re in a sunny area, it should be really easy. If your area is a little chilly, layer up on warmer days and get outdoors. The sun plus the fresh air will do your body good and keep you well.
Lower Your Stress Levels
Bodies that are under more stress tend to get sick more easily. So in order to minimize the risk of sickness, you have to lower these levels on a regular basis. There are a million ways to do this; you just have to find what works for you. Exercise, massage, hot showers, and engaging in a hobby are all excellent options. The bottom line? Find an activity that makes you feel calm and peaceful, and enjoy it to your heart’s content.
Doing the typical things such as eating Vitamin C and taking a supplements are also great ways to boost your immune system. But these slightly odd methods work as well. If you put them all together, you’re in for a healthier body and less sickness in your life.