• Dr. B

5 Tips to Keep Your Immune System Strong

Updated: May 14

Hello Friend! Today, we want to set your mind at ease with some tips on how to help yourself and your family stay healthy in light of the Coronavirus scare. Always remember that we are here for you and are deeply committed to your health and the well-being of our community. As per usual, we are cleaning the tables, equipment, and surfaces and washing our hands regularly to help protect you. We will continue to treat patients and will keep you updated as this situation unfolds. If you are sick or are feeling like you could be coming down with something, getting adjusted should be the first thing you should do as studies have shown that a single adjustment boosts the immune system by 200%. Give us a call if you have a fever, are showing signs of a compromised immune system, or have traveled out of the country within the last few weeks and we can help you in a way that doesn't involve you coming in to the clinic if needed. We want you to remember that you have a powerful immune system that is completely capable of fighting and healing from basically anything including viral infections like the Coronavirus (unless of course you are immune-compromised, in which case you should be much more mindful of implementing these tips plus more in your life). As long as you take care of your immune system, it should do its job without a problem. We also want to remind you that flu or cold symptoms such as sneezing, running noses, and fevers are there for a reason. They are necessary to get rid of the bugs- this is your immune system doing its job. Again, if you take care of it, your immune system and therefore your body should do its job at keeping you healthy (even if you get the symptoms) without major consequences that many are worried about. Here are 5 tips to keep your immune system working at it's maximum:

  1. Get adjusted. Your nervous system is in charge of controlling and regulating the immune system responses in your body so if you have subluxations in your spine that are preventing necessary information to travel from the brain to the immune system, your immune system won't function properly; it wont be able to recognize the foreign invaders and it won't be able to take the necessary steps to fight, kill, and eject the invaders. And this puts you at risk for prolonged infection or other, possibly more serious, infections.

  2. Get all your nutrients. Eating a variety of whole, fresh fruits and vegetables every day that are organic and nonGMO along with clean, toxin free proteins and good healthy fats will help ensure your immune system has all of the nutrients it needs to fight off the bugs. One specific nutrient that is important for the immune system function is vitamin D3 (5,000 units for maintenance, 10,000 units for sickness). Also, make sure you are taking probiotics which help keep your gut healthy with good bacteria that aid in digestion and your immune system responses. For your options on the best quality supplements, email us back to get a link to get supplements shipped directly to your door.

  3. Get plenty of sleep and reduce stress. Stress and lack of sleep causes your body's adaption powers to diminish. This increases your susceptibility to any sickness by overworking your system and resulting in less energy available to be able to handle things above and beyond the normal day to day functions of the body.

  4. Proper hygiene. Remember to cover your mouth if you have to cough or sneeze, try not to touch your face and other people as much as possible, and make sure to keep your hands clean by washing them regularly with soap and water (no need for antibacterial hand sanitizers that not only get rid of the bad bugs but all of the good bacteria that is on your skin as well, which is your first line of defense against infections). Also, keep your space clean and minimize toxins as much as possible as toxins use up the immune system's resources. Use natural cleaners such as vinegar and baking soda to minimize toxins in your life and check out EWG.org to learn more about what toxins are harmful and what to replace them with.

  5. Exercise. Bacteria and viruses hate oxygen. It's like poison to them so make sure you get plenty of oxygen in your body. You can add extra moments of getting oxygen into your day by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away from the door at the store, or get up and take a walk around your office multiple times a day. Of course this is on top of your daily exercise.

Your attitude and self care effort during this time is crucial to how you get through this. We are committed to you and your family so if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

We appreciate you and thank you for helping us spread awareness of proactive health to the community. Love, Dr. Brittany and Coach Anna

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