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We are in the midst of cold and flu season. What are some natural ways that I can lessen my chances of getting the flu or a recurring cold?

Posted January 14, 2015 in Advice Column, Ankeny

 

Chiropractic                 

Getting adjusted regularly by a chiropractor will increase your immunity.  Your nervous system controls everything, including the spleen, thymus, lymph nodes, and gut, all of which are critical to your body’s immune response.  Being adjusted releases more immunity boosting, virus killing T-cells and ensures that your nervous system is functioning at 110%. 

Nutrition & Supplements                 

Eat an anti-inflammatory diet consisting of lean meats and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.  Avoid a diet high in sugar, dairy, and processed foods.  Aim to drink 3 liters of water each day.  Also, supplement with a good quality probiotic and Vitamin D.  A probiotic will establish the good bacteria in your gut, which is essential to boosting your immune system.  Research suggests that supplementing with Vitamin D will cut your chances of getting the flu by 50%. 

Exercise                 

Moderate exercise can boost the production and circulation of immune cells that attack bacteria and viruses.  Exercise can also help those cells and oxygen to travel quicker and more efficiently throughout the body.

Sleep                 

Sleep deprivation can put unwanted stress on the body.  Adequate sleep releases immune boosting cells and proteins all while regulating our hormones to ensure a healthy body. 

Wash Hands                 

Wash your hands regularly using soap and water for 20-30 seconds.  Avoid using anti-bacterial soaps and sanitizers. 

 





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