Ramping Up Immune System
Many of our patients are interested in ways to ramp up their immune systems for the upcoming cooler months. Particularly here in GA, we had a super rainy spring and summer which prevented folks from getting outside and being as active as they would like. So why do so many get sick at this time? I believe it’s because we tend to fall into habits that weaken our immune system in the winter. During these four months, our kids return to school, we celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and then the New Year. Many of us tend to eat more sweets, sleep less, spend more money which stresses our budgets, drink alcohol, travel, etc.
This is the time of year that we hit the ground running inspiring our patients to shift out of this auto-rut way of thinking. You can commit to doing things differently if you start now. To start priming your immune system, focus on these:
- Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, organic grass fed meats, (for non-vegetarians) nuts and seeds.
- Avoid sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, and food additives.
- Take a good quality, whole-food based multivitamin (Garden of Life is a favorite.)
- Even in the South we are often deficient in Vitamin D. Have your vitamin D levels checked, and if low, supplement with D3 as well as expose your skin for 10-20 minutes of healthy amounts of sunlight. (We have articles in my office about how to do this.)
- Get good sleep—preferably in bed no later than 10 pm. Also, no electronics after 7 pm and no TV in the bedroom!
- Commit to exercise 30 minutes/per day and keep your mind focused on the positive, find ways to handle stress.
- Keep your nervous system in top condition with regular Atlanta chiropractic adjustments!
The nervous system controls and coordinates the entire body including all of the immune organs. Subluxations or misalignments of the spine can interfere with messages sent to immune organs, making you more prone to illness. Our patients frequently share with us that under chiropractic care, they went through “cold and flu” season without getting sick, when they normally would get two to three colds through the winter.
Here’s to committing to doing things differently this season!
~Dr. Kathleen Sherwood