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3 Ways to Help Keep Your Immune System Strong

By Stephen R. Farris

Do you ever feel weaker than usual? Maybe it's harder to get over a cold or the flu, or it's come to the point you get them more often than in the past. The problem could be a weakened immune system.

Like the muscles and joints in our bodies, our immune system needs to be strong in order to fight off viruses and infections. If we don't eat the right foods, then our immune system may not function as it normally should.

So here's a few tips you can follow to help prepare and boost your immune system in order to prevent illness, and/or speed up your recovery process.

Keep Eating

When we get sick, it's not uncommon to turn away food. But that could be one of the worst things you can do. Even though we may not be feeling our best, our bodies still need proper nutrients. So it's important to keep eating and consume healthy nutrients to keep our immune system functioning as normal as possible during this time.

No Junk Food

If you're consuming more junk food than you are healthy foods, then you're basically defeating the purpose when it comes to immune system health. Foods high in sugar, such as sodas, juices, cakes, candy, cookies, and other processed snacks, could cause inflammation to set in. Now your immune system has to combat that, on top of any pathogens and/or viruses that may attack our body. So the best thing to do is to avoid junk food all together.

Drink Plenty of Water

Most people don't care for water, but it's one of nature's "super" drinks, in a manner of speaking. During times of illness, our bodies tend to become dehydrated, especially when it comes to colds and flu. Sure, fresh orange juice contains Vitamin C (along with other types of juices), but it also contains sugar and according to studies, it hasn't been proven that OJ can shorten your cold or the flu. Water is your best bet to stay hydrated. Water can also serve as an energy boost as well.

The bottom line is to keep your immune system healthy and functioning properly, in order to help you combat illness and recover as quickly as possible.

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

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