The Top 10 Ways To Avoid Colds and Flu

Stay Healthy this Winter | Janesville Chiropractor10. Meditate, Reduce your Stress, Smile, Laugh, Think Positive!!

Attitude is everything, even if the sun is not out! Practice 7 deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth 4 times per day.

9. Get Your Exercise

Exercise not only helps you feel better and look better, but it keeps your body running top notch and boosts your immune system.

8. Drink Lots of Water and Avoid Caffeine

Divide your body weight in half. This is the number, in ounces, of water that you should be drinking each day. (If you weigh 100 pounds, drink 50 ounces, if you weigh 200 pounds, drink 100 ounces, etc). Caffeine dehydrates you, which hampers your immune function. Even if it is not hot your body still requires this daily intake to stay healthy!

7. Avoid Pain Medication

Pain medications strip your cells of glutathione, which is necessary for a healthy immune system. They can also have negative side effects such as heart attacks, strokes, liver and kidney failure and certain kinds of cancer. Pain medications will suppress your natural immune function.

6. Supplement With Quality Vitamin D-3 and Omega 3 Fatty acids

Vitamin D-3 and Omega 3’s enhance the immune system and boost the immune response when exposed to the cold and flu viruses. Our body does not create Vitamin D-3 and Omega 3’s on their own so it is critical to supplement these two during the cold and flu season.

5. Get Some Sleep during the Holiday Stress!

Your body needs sleep to regenerate and rebuild during the cold and flu season. Loss of sleep drains your immune system, so try to get 8 hours of quality sleep per night.

4. Eliminate Sugar, Sweets, Simple Carbs and Fake Sugar

These foods suppress immune function for hours after you eat them. Avoid high fructose corn syrup as well. Especially during the holidays when we are more prone to be around sweets and carbs we have to be more aware of our diet.

3. Cleanse Your System

The average person has at least 91 chemicals in their body tissues. Some people have up to 500! That’s a lot for your immune system to deal with. Your body is so busy fighting these chemicals that it can’t fight of the cold and flu viruses. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella and fresh fruits are excellent detoxifying foods!

2. Build Great Cells

Chiropractic adjustments and nutrition are two of the best natural ways to keep your immune system healthy. There is no drug more powerful than the food you eat every day. Eat fresh, organic, whole, natural foods. Avoid processed and refined “junk” food.

1.    Get Regular Chiropractic Adjustments

Research has shown over and over again that getting adjusted has a positive impact on immune health. Your immune system is controlled and coordinated by your nerves. Making sure your spine and neurologic system are functioning properly ensures that your immune system has the best chance to fight off disease this cold and flu season.

Please Call Dr. Ryan at 608-754-0148 if you have any questions!


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