Tips for a Healthy Immune System
By Sara Butler
Itâ€™s that time of the year again: cold and flu season. Sure, you can wash your hands a million times a day and take all the Vitamin C in the world, but at the end of the day, itâ€™s still just your immune system and that virus in a face-off. Who will be the victor? You can ensure your immune system takes all the glory by following a few easy tips to help keep it strong and in fighting shape all winter along.
Just Say No To Sugar!
Sugar is an anti-nutrient. That means that your body doesnâ€™t need it and it takes away from nutrients your body does need when you consume it instead of healthier, nutrient-dense foods. If you donâ€™t give your body the nutrients it needs to work optimally, then itâ€™ll eventually use up its stores and have a more difficult time fighting illness. So, make sure to prioritize the good stuff over the sweet stuff to help your immune system say in tip-top Rocky Balboa shape.
Invest in Probiotics
More is being understood all the time about the link between the health of your gut and your overall health, so itâ€™s worth it to invest in probiotics to strengthen your immune system. It doesnâ€™t need to be anything fancy because some plain yogurt or kombucha should do the trick. Over time, the probiotics will strengthen the microbiome in your gut which, in turn, keeps your immune system strong.
Manage Your Stress
You canâ€™t avoid stress completely, but you can learn to manage it. Itâ€™s important to do so because as your stress levels climb up, the effectiveness of your immune system can take a nosedive. Thatâ€™s because stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol and it increases blood pressure and blood sugar, leaving your immune system weakened. Find a stress relief technique that works for you and make it a part of your day!
See the Chiropractor
If you want your immune system to function optimally, then your central nervous system has to be able to work freely, too. The chiropractors at The Joint can help you stay free from joint restriction and dysfunction to keep your immune system pumping. If you have questions about how to achieve better health with chiropractic, then The Joint is where you can find the answers!
Invest in your health and you can sail through this time of year without a sniffle.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Northbrook, Ill.