Boost Your Immune System This Winter

Keeping our immune system healthy should be a yearly habit; however it is even more important when you approach the winter season.  There are so many different attributes which can affect the immune system including, stress, viruses, sleep deprivation or not eating the proper foods.  The great news is there are so many easy things you can do to keep your immune system fighting off those nasty viruses. 

Keeping stress levels low is so important when dealing with your immune system.  When your stress levels rise your cortisol levels rise, this tends to weaken the immune system.  I understand it is not always easy to control your stress levels however when you start to feel stressed, step away from the situation and take a few deep breaths.  Mediation has also been known to reduce stress levels.  Making sure you get enough sleep can also help to reduce stress levels and keep your immune system strong.  When you are sick sleep is the best way to allow the body to fight off the virus and renew the body. 

Stocking up on your multivitamin supplements and taking extra vitamin C during cold and flu system.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant which can help to support the function of immune cells.  You can take a supplement for vitamin C or you can also add foods which are high in vitamin C like; berries, broccoli, citrus fruits and peppers.   You also want to make sure you are upping your intake of leafy greens.  In the winter months you can add your greens into your soup and in the summer add them to your smoothie.  I recently made a soup and added some kale and it was delicious!

Staying hydrated is also super important to the health of your immune system.  Your body needs water to be able to function properly and fight off those viruses.  Getting adjusted with your local San Diego Chiropractor can also help to keep your immune system healthy.  Many San Diego Chiropractors agree their patients get sick less often and recover faster when they are getting adjusted on a regular basis because their nervous system is functioning without interference.   

Stay healthy friends!