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Q: How can I prevent illness for my family?

Posted October 01, 2014 in Advice Column, Johnston

A: Avoid illness. The first line of defense is to avoid sugar and processed carbohydrates that weaken the immune system. Sugar slows the immune system in 30 minutes for up to five hours. Start your day with a protein based breakfast instead of high sugar cereals and yogurts. Second, stay active and maintain weight, as obesity decreases antibodies and white blood cell multiplication. Third, proper hygiene such as washing your hands frequently and covering the nose and mouth with sneezing and coughing decreases spreading illness.

Boost immune function. Boost immune function with a chiropractic adjustment at first sign of illness. Adjustments have been shown to increase immune response from 200 to 400 percent. Stimulate your immune function with vitamin C supplement at 1,000 mg a day (equal to 10 oranges), vitamin D, echinacea, zinc and probiotics. The best strains to aid immune function are lactobacillus and bifidobacteria, taken daily. Increase fruit and vegetables as the immune boosting properties are remarkable. Consider a superfood supplement or shake if your family does not eat a variety of vegetables and fruits.

Information provided by Dr. Juliet O’Donnell, DC, Heartland Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 5521 N.W. 86th St., Johnston, 252-8668.

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