What Makes Your Immune System Strong
Although it’s true that viruses thrive in colder weather, there are many things you can do this Fall and Winter to strengthen your immune system strong to help prevent colds and flus from arising and to help you recover more quickly from colds and flus if you do get sick. Regardless of who is sick around you, you don’t have to succumb to the belief that you are automatically going to sick. You can stay healthy. Underlying every cold or flu is a weakened immune system. So how do you strengthen and keep your immune system strong?
Regular chiropractic adjustments are not only effective in fighting off bad backs, but there is increasing evidence that it can boost your immune system. Your nervous system controls how well your immune system works and a mobile, well-aligned spine means a higher functioning nervous system and immune system. An adjustment once a month is a good guideline to follow for prevention and more frequently when you do get sick.
Additionally, regular exercise not only keeps your heart and muscles strong, but it also helps to keep your immune system strong. Keeping your body moving regularly is essential in strengthening your body and mind as a whole. Find physical activity that you enjoy so you are more apt to stick with it regularly. Getting enough sleep is also very important in keeping your immune system strong. Research has shown that well-rested individuals have a stronger immune response to viruses than people who did not have good sleeps.
Taking over the counter cold and cough medications is another subject I want to touch on. Coughing, sneezing, and developing a fever are your body’s natural inborn tools to get rid of and fight off viruses and bacteria. So why would you want to suppress coughing, sneezing, or fevers? What you’re really doing is prolonging the recovery time and dealing with the potential side effects of the drug. “In August 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advised parents not to give cough and cold remedies to children under 2, and a panel of federal health advisors later said that children under 6 should not receive the medications either.” (Mercola.com) This advice came after reviewing the effectiveness of cough medicines on children and adults. One can only wonder why they wouldn’t advise against the use of cold and cough remedies for adults as well?
I encourage you to start practicing the immune strengthening tools suggested in this article. Doing so will give you healthier, more productive and sick-free days!