7 Steps to Boost Up Your Immune System

Time is flying by and winter season is quickly approaching.  Wintertime often means sneezing, coughing, and sore throats. These common cold and flu-like symptoms can often times be avoided by taking the right steps to optimize your health.  It is important to boost your immune system BEFORE you get sick.   Therefore in case you do become infected, your body can fight it off without a problem. Here are some simple ways to pump up your immunity.

1)   See a Chiropractor.  Chiropractic care can help by removing stressors from your nervous system through spinal manipulation, muscle work, lymphatic reflex points, and emotional techniques.  At our office we treat the whole person with Applied Kinesiology, Kinesiotaping, Cold Laser Therapy, and proper nutrition.

2)   Take Whole Food Supplements. Whole food supplementation can have many positive effects.  Products from Standard Process such as Echinacea, Calcium Lactate, and Congaplex can all help fight infections and improve immune system function without the side effects of medications.  Other whole food supplements we use in our office are Juice Plus products that are comprised of fruits and vegetables.

3)   Sleep 6-9 Hours Every Night. Your body requires adequate sleep each night to recharge itself.  Sufficient amount of sleep can stimulate proper brain function, learning capacity, and normal bone growth in children.

4)   Wash Your Hands.  One of the best ways to avoid germs is to wash your hands frequently.  Since germs are easily passed back and forth, be sure to sanitize hands and clean light switches, door handles, and counter-tops often.

5)   Drink Water.  Water is the fuel for your body much the same as gasoline is the fuel for your car.  Your body cannot function properly without water.  We recommend drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces each day.

6)   Exercise.  Our bodies were designed and built to move.  Some of our biggest muscles in our body are the ones we sit on each day!  Instead we need to keep joints mobile and blood flowing through regular exercise.  Try to aim for at least a minimum of 30 minutes of activity per day.

7)   Avoid Sugar and Starches. Refined sugar and starches can take a toll on your immune system.  Your body needs to work harder to break down these products which can decrease the function and effectiveness of fighting off disease. Replace sugary treats with fresh fruits, raw veggies and nuts.

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