Ways to Boost the Immune System
¨ Chiropractic Adjustment Have a cold or flu? Get an adjustment. An adjustment takes the stress off any structural imbalances in the body allowing the immune system to focus on fighting infection.
¨ Eat a Balanced Diet Yes, you've heard it before! Eat at least four servings of fruits and vegetables throughout the day along with low fat healthy proteins and grains. Eating a balanced diet is a natural way to get essential vitamins to feed the immune system.
¨ Healthy Shakes and Drinks Having trouble eating all your vitamins? Drinking a protein or antioxidant shake is a great way to give your immune system the support it needs. Ask about our delicious shake recipes and supplements.
¨ Immune Supplements Strengthen your immune system by taking immune boosting supplements during the flu season. We can muscle test you to see which ones are right for you.
¨ Vitamin C and E Vitamin C increases the production of infection fighting white blood cells and vitamin E increases B cells which help to fight off bacteria in the system.
¨ Exercise Walking at least 3 times a week at a comfortable pace for 10-15 minutes is a good way to increase oxygen into your cells, nourishing all your body systems.
Habits That Weaken The Immune System
¨ Too much Sugar One twelve ounce can of soda can weaken the body's white blood cells ability to kill germs by 40%
¨ Excessive Alcohol Deprives the body of valuable immune boosting nutrients and reduces the ability of white blood cells to multiply.
¨ Food Allergens Allergic reactions in the body can cause the lining if the intestinal wall to weaken, known as " leaky gut syndrome". Foreign invaders such as bacteria and toxins penetrate through and enter the bloodstream causing the body to feel miserable.
¨ Too much Fat Too much fat in the body causes the white blood cells to work excessively, overworking the immune system.
¨ Increased Stress Excessive stress leads to higher Cortisol production in the body and adrenal fatigue. The immune system has to work harder to repair weakened body systems due to hormonal overload.
¨ Insufficient Sleep Not enough sleep, especially REM sleep, hinders the body's ability to heal and repair itself.