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Q: How can I strengthen my immune system naturally?

Posted November 27, 2013 in Altoona, Advice Column, Pleasant Hill

A: The symptoms of a cold or flu are our body’s natural response to eliminate the germ. By allowing our body to express symptoms naturally, we exercise and strengthen our immune system so it can fight off the other multitude of germs we are exposed to every day. We need a strong immune system. Germs are smart. When we do not allow our bodies to fight off germs naturally, germs change their identity so they can survive. We actually cause the germs to strengthen and create “super and deadly strains.” The only way that we can win is to work on building up our own immune systems by being as healthy as we can be. Below are the essentials for building a healthy immune system naturally.

Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Get adequate rest. Eat a wholesome diet rich in vitamins and minerals, especially foods containing vitamin D (such as cod liver oil). Avoid grains and sugar. These decrease the function of your immune system almost immediately. Eat garlic regularly. It’s antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal. You should be eating it every day.  Spend a few minutes a day in sunlight to help your body make and store vitamin D. Supplement with vitamin D. Wash your hands with soap (not anti-bacterial) and water. Exercise regularly when you are well. Manage your stress. Lower stress through meditation and other healthy lifestyle changes. Get adjusted regularly. Chiropractic adjustments boost the immune system and are a safe, natural option for healing and maintaining health.

Information provided by Dr. Kari Swain, Swain Chiropractic, 410 Center Place S.W., 967-9300.

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