Archive: Nov 2018
Every year it seems we go through all the seasons: Cold and flu season, allergy season, the ‘summer cold’, fall allergy season, right back to cold and flu season. And don’t get me wrong, yes certain viruses or allergies come around on a cycle. But it seems like we just write that off as an excuse.
Like, “Oh, must be cold and flu season, and not the fact that I’m not exercising because it’s cold, and I’m binge eating halloween candy every day.”
How about we stop that, and start strengthening our immune system.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not implying that if you follow all these rules you’ll never get sick. Feeling sick is usually healthy, because it’s part of how our body gets rid of what shouldn’t be there. If our body never got ‘sick’ we’d never ever get well (kinda deep, right).
So here are a couple of quick tips to keep you as healthy as possible. Even if you wind up getting ‘sick’ these things will help you will recover much faster.
1) Exercise: Exercise strengthens the body and the immune system. It reduces stress (stress lowers immunity). It improves circulation. Regulates blood sugar. Increases core temperature. Raises the metabolism. Look I could write you endless paragraphs on how great exercise is. Just know that if you don’t keep moving, you will be sick more often.
2) Diet: Do yourself and your family a favor right now: Stop eating so much sugar! Sugar seriously affects our immune system. Refined carbs (like sugar) are responsible for SOOOOO MANY health problems. If you start to feel bad, stop eating breads and sugars.
3) We also need supplements to help the immune system (all of which we carry in the office):
Vitamin D: This is usually made by our bodies from sunlight. If we’re not getting a lot of direct sunlight we need a WHOLE lot more. I recommend Thorne brand liquid Vitamin D.
Vitamin C: If you take a maintenance dose of 1000 mg/day, then 10,000 mg/day when actively fighting something off, you will most likely not get sick, or it will not be nearly as bad as it could have been.
Echinacea: Most echinecea on the market is garbage, and I wouldn’t waste my time with it. But studies have shown that the good stuff can increase white blood cells, shorten the duration of colds, and potentially prevent them. The company we use makes its product with the roots of echinacea purpurea and angustifolia. This is where the bulk of the active alkamides (the good stuff) are found In my and my family’s own PERSONAL experience, when we take this brand of echinacea, we don’t get sick!
There are plenty of other supplements that increase immunity (zinc, elderberry syrup, astragalus, colloidal silver…) but these are the big three in my opinion!
4) Chiropractic: There have been studies all the way back from the 1940’s showing an increase in immune activity following an adjustment. If you really want to hear about what an adjustment can do ask parents who bring their kids in for treatment. Ear infections, colic, fever, digestive issues, sinus pressure, headaches, congestion, cough… the list of conditions goes on and on! An adjustment can provide relief from many conditions!
Listen, you’re going to get sick again in your lifetime. It’s inevitable. But it’s not a bad thing! When we fight off these germs we develop a lifelong immunity to them. If you follow the steps above you will keep your immune system in top condition to fight them off quicker, more effectively, and you’ll just overall be healthier!