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Top 10 Immune Boosters

Posted on January 23rd, 2014 by | 14 views

Top Ten Immune Boosters


      1 –LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Your body will warn you with subtle signs when your immune system is fighting something off. Most early signs are behavioural (especially in children) like being more tired than usual, feeling inexplicably cranky, appetite changes, etc. Pay attention and ramp up the preventative measures listed below.



      2 – Keep stress in check. Slow down your pace when needed. Try going to bed earlier, and take an epsom salt bath. Chronic stress directly decreases the strength of your immune system. If you are under a lot of stress, you MUST take extra efforts to boost your system.



      3 – Get exercise & fresh air daily (20 minutes minimum). Movement keeps the lymphatic system flowing, which is responsible for clearing out the “garbage” (dirt/germs) your immune system is dumping to keep you healthy.



      4 – Eat healthy whole foods. Start by increasing your fresh, in-season local produce. Add foods that have natural decongestant, anti-bacterial & anti-viral properties to your daily food or in teas (onions, garlic, ginger & honey are the best time-proven natural cold & flu fighters)



      5 – Minimize sugar, caffeine, preservatives & food additives. All of these decrease the effectiveness of your immune system. Did you know that 1 teaspoon of sugar can shut your immune system down for 8 hours?! It is especially important to cut these out when symptoms are beginning to surface.



      6 – Take high quality supplements: Take the time to buy directly from a health care provider or health store, as many “drugstore” vitamin brands are less potent, and contain many fillers. The list below is important for everyone at all times of the year. Infants will receive the benefits from their mothers if being breastfed, and can also take an infant-formula probiotic.


      a) A Multivitamin / multi-mineral combination


      b) Essential fatty acids (omega 3,6,9)


      c) Probiotics/acidophilus



      7 – Drink purified water daily. Dehydration decreases the immune response, and limits your body’s ability to flush out any toxins.



      8 – Choose natural approaches before medications (especially suppressants) when possible. The easiest step is to notice the early signs and nip symptoms in the bud. ALL symptoms in a healthy body are working to keep you healthy. A fever is your body’s means of raising the temperature to “cook off” bacteria and viruses and keep them from multiplying. Coughs, sneezes, diarrhea and runny noses are all ways your body eliminates bacteria and viruses. Look first to boost your body through food & teas, then consider herbal or homeopathic remedies with some guidance from a knowledgeable health care provider.



      9 – Establish a healthy sleep routine. When your body says to rest, LISTEN to it. Sleep is when your body restores itself and does most of its healing.



      10 – Get adjusted by your chiropractor. Remember that the purpose of an adjustment is to open up communication between your brain and your body – which is ALWAYS, necessary for optimal function in every system of your body, including your immune system. Adjustments stimulate immune responses for a quicker, more efficient healing. To strengthen your immune system, you should be adjusted on a regular basis for general health, at the first signs of a cold or flu, and once symptoms have started to help your body’s immune system work more efficiently.


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