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    5 Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

    Regardless of how healthy a person is, sickness hits everyone every now and then. Especially in the winter time! Winter time is the time that people are most prone to getting sick – but improving and strengthening your immune system can help fight against bacteria, germs and toxins such as the common cold.

    We have compiled 5 natural ways to boost your immune system to fight against bacteria and germs:

    1. Maintain a Healthy Diet 

    Make sure you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as nuts and seeds. These foods contain the nutrients that your body (especially your immune system) needs. Research has found that people who ate foods rich in flavonoids (blueberries, for example) were less likely to get sick than those who did not. Broccoli is a great vegetable option as it is high in antioxidants as well as vitamin C. Also, be sure you are drinking plenty of water. Water helps to flush out unwanted toxins in the body.

    2. Exercise

    Exercise is very important in strengthening your immune system. There have been studies that found that exercise mobilizes your immune system cells. This helps the body defend itself against toxins and bacteria. And an added bonus, exercise protects the immune system from premature aging! Make sure you don’t engage in too intense of exercise though, as this can temporarily weaken your immune system and leave you susceptible to sickness.

    3. Herbs & Supplements

    There are specific herbs that can aid in fighting off sickness if taken as soon as cold or flu symptoms are felt. Herbs such as Elderberry, Astragalus, Echinacea, and Andrographis can all help fight against sickness. You can use these herbs in teas with lemon and/or honey.

    4. Getting Sufficient Sleep

    Enough sleep and reduced stress plays a huge role in keeping your immune system strong. When your body does not get enough sleep, it can cause the activation of the inflammatory immune response. This reduces the activity of T cells which weakens not only your immune system but also your body’s response to vaccines. The recommended amount of sleep per night is 7-8 hours. Reducing stress is also key.

    5. Getting Chiropractic Adjustments Regularly

    Chiropractic adjustments, believe it or not, play a vital role in immune function. Our immune system is directly connected to our spine, and when our spine is not aligned, it can throw your entire system off balance. Subluxations are a compression of nerve pathways. This nerve compression can be relieved through adjustments. A study was done that showed chiropractic adjustments increase the body’s IL-2 levels and improve the function of T-cells. Both of these are key components of the immune system.

    Book an Adjustment

    If you are getting sick more often this winter, or want to take precautions to ensure you don’t get sick, chiropractic adjustments are a great start! Book an appointment with Dr. Irma to get your spine properly aligned and improve your overall immune function!

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