Ways to Boost Your Immune System
With the cold and flu season just getting started and the busy holiday season right around the corner, we often get distracted and forget to take care of our health and safeguard our immune system. Here are few a simple things we can do to protect ourselves and prepare our body so it"s strong enough to repel invaders all winter long.
Visit your chiropractor:
Attachment-1Our immune system is controlled by our nervous system that is protected by our spine and skull. By keeping our nervous system functioning properly, this allows our immune system to work freely to combat any bacteria or virus that try to cause illness. The best remedy is to visit our chiropractor twice a month as a preventative measure to keep us staying healthy. If we are currently ill or someone in the house is sick, get adjusted weekly to help stimulate the immune system.
Avoid junk food: LCD-Say-No-To-Sugar-on-diabetes-day
Sugar and processed foods are not good for us to begin with and especially while trying to fight off illness or prevent it. Sugar is a poison to our bodies that dramatically decreases immune function. Processed foods are not very nutrient rich due to their heavy processing so they do nothing to help boost our immune system. Eating fresh fruits, vegetables and meats offer the greatest amount of vitamins and minerals that are readily absorbable because they haven"t been processed out of them.
sleepSleep is so important to a strong immune system, among other vital functions. Our bodies restore and repair themselves while we sleep. When we get minimal sleep our bodies only get the job half-done, leaving systems vulnerable to infection and malfunction. It is best to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night to keep our immune system strong.
Supplements can add that little extra protection:
Olive leaf extract:
olive leafFor those of us who have higher levels of stress that weakens our immune system or that are more susceptible to colds and viruses, olive leaf extract is great for long-term use as a preventative agent. As an added benefit it also has the ability to lower blood pressure and protect our blood vessels from damage.
Dosage: for general health maintenance take one or two 500 mg capsules twice daily with meals. For a current common cold take two 500 mg capsules four times per day with meals.
Side effects: Olive leaf extract has not been studied for use while pregnant or nursing. Don"t exceed amounts that are commonly found in food.
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