It’s that time of the year again, flu shots are on the market as the colder months are quickly approaching. The flu shot has become the most promoted method for defending your body against the flu, but we want to show you that taking a more natural route towards preparing your body for any unwanted viruses can be just as effective.
The nervous system and immune system are hardwired to work together to create optimal responses for the body to adapt and heal appropriately. Subluxation is the term for misalignments of the spine that cause compression and irritation of nerve pathways affecting organ systems of the body. Subluxations are an example of physical nerve stress that affects neuronal control.
According to researchers, neural dysfunctions due to subluxations are stressful to the body and cause abnormal changes that lead to a poorly coordinated immune response and increased susceptibility to a variety of diseases. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to boost the coordinated responses of the nervous system and immune system.
Vitamin D is a super power when it comes to preventing the flu and other illnesses you may come in contact with this winter. Vitamin D has a direct boosting effect on virus-killing immune cells called CD8 T cells. These are incredibly important for overall immune function. When you can, enjoy some sunshine for a few minutes a day. On days that may be challenging to soak up sunlight, whether that be due to weather or work, consider taking a Vitamin D supplement. An estimated 85% of individuals are Vitamin D deficient, so it’s vital to keep your levels in check.
Healthy Nutrition & Exercise
Refined sugars and overly processed foods can weaken your immune system and should be avoided as much as possible. Fresh vegetables and fruit, as well as probiotics are very beneficial, and should be consumed daily. Spinach, Broccoli, Cucumbers, Blueberries, Yogurt, Green Tea, Kombucha, Turmeric and Garlic are just a few foods that contain nutrients beneficial to your immune system.
Regular exercise at least 3-5 times a week will help give a boost to your immune system as studies show that exercise increases the circulation of immune cells in your blood.
If you feel yourself starting to get sick or feel a cold coming on, try drinking this health drink once a day. The apple cider vinegar and honey are a powerful healing combination. This drink is especially great for sore throats, digestive issues, joint pain or inflammation, and increased energy.
1/2 – 1T Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 – 1T Honey
8oz Glass of Water
Boil water, then transfer to a cup/mug. Pour in apple cider vinegar and honey. Stir to combine, then the drink is ready to consume!