Colds & Flu
Colds and illnesses such as the flu are common place in the fall and winter months. We know it is generally due to the flu virus or a bacterial infection. However, have you ever been around an ill person for an extended period of time and not become ill yourself? You were likely exposed to the same bacteria or virus as your friend or family member, so what gives? The difference between people who become ill and those who do not is that their immune activity is decreased. This is where Chiropractic can help you ward off a cold or the flu. Research has shown a boost by as much as 400% in immune activity after an adjustment, so if you feel your energy dropping or feel the start of a cold creeping in, an adjustment may be one of your best natural defenses!
- See Your Chiropractor. This may be the single most important strategy you can implement as the nervous system has enormous control of your immune response. Recent studies revealed increases in immune system function of close to 400% post adjustment. Regular chiropractic visits helps improve your ability to keep healthy and recover quicker if you do get sick.
- Optimize Your Gut Flora. Gut Bacteria also has enormous control of your immune response. The best way to improve your beneficial bacteria ratio is to take a supplement called Probiotics. The more strains, the better the supplement - and take around 40 billion/day.
- Optimize your vitamin D levels. It’s not a flu season; it’s a Vit D deficiency season. As optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best strategies for avoiding infections of ALL kinds, and vitamin D deficiency may actually be the true culprit behind the seasonality of the flu – not the flu virus itself. According to the latest review by Carole Baggerly (Grassrootshealth.org), adults need about 8,000 IU a day. The only true way to get Vit D is from the sun, and that may not happen again until May.
- Avoid Sugar and Processed Foods. Sugar impairs the quality of your immune response almost immediately and, as you likely know, a healthy immune system is one of the most important keys to fighting off viruses and other illness. It also can decimate your beneficial bacteria and feed the pathogenic yeast and viruses. Be aware that sugar (typically in the form of high fructose corn syrup) is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup and fruit juice. Avoid it like poison while you are sick.
- Get Plenty of Rest. Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you're tired, if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu.
- Get Regular Exercise. When you exercise, you increase your circulation and your blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads. Be sure to stay hydrated – drink plenty of fluids, especially water. However, it would be wise to radically reduce the intensity of your workouts while you are sick.
- Take a High-Quality Source of Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats. Increase your intake of healthy and essential fats like the omega-3, which is crucial for maintaining health.
- Wash Your Hands. Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Be sure you don't use antibacterial soap for this – antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary, and they cause far more harm than good. Instead, identify a simple chemical-free soap that you can switch your family to.
- Use Natural Antibiotics. Examples include oil of oregano and garlic. These work like broad-spectrum antibiotics against bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in your body. And unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, they do not appear to lead to resistance.