This winter, as is the case many years, there has been a lot of people not feeling well. This happens for a lot of reasons, but the primary causes are not necessarily what you think. We are not just victims of our surroundings and get sick when exposed to certain bacteria and viruses. It is mostly dependent on the health of your body and it's defense mechanisms that ultimately determine your health.
Have you ever noticed that some folks are always sick, while others it appears virtually never get sick? Is that simply the result of good or bad luck? Not exactly. Regular chiropractic care is an important piece to keeping a healthy immune system, but there are some consistent habits that many people do to boost their immune system and ward off sickness.
What people who rarely get sick make a habit of doing...
Simple, yet so important. Research continues to show the importance of regular heart-pumping exercise for maximizing the function of your immune system. Not only will it raise your germ fighting defenses, but it also reduces stress hormone levels (cortisol) that can lower your body's defenses. Consult with your physician to see what is an appropriate starting point for you. And once you do? Start.
2. Get Plenty of Sunshine
Optimal vitamin D levels are a crucial component to immune system function. Get your levels tested to see where you are at. It is best to have levels around 60-80 ng/ml. Although it is best to get vitamin D from sunshine and food, many times it is not possible to get enough from that alone. Consult your doctor about what is best for you, but a supplement of 2000-5000 IU's per day is needed in most cases. I personally take 5000 IU's.
3. Look to Their Gut
The immune system starts in your gut. Having a healthy flora of bacteria in your stomach and intestines is vitally important for your immune system function. Eating a diet full of whole food, fermentated food, and also keeping your sugar intake low is vitally important. A high quality probiotic supplement can also help improve your intestinal health when combined with a healthy diet.
4. Boost Those T-Cells
You don't need to know the details, but t-cells are a type of white blood cell that plays an important role in your immunity. There are certain foods that you can eat that help to significantly boost your t-cell levels. These include green tea, papaya, dark leafy vegetables, raw fruit, healthy fats, and lean protein.
5. Get Plenty of Rest
Your immune system needs sleep to function like it is supposed to. A lot of the work it does to ward off sickness and disease, it does while you are fast asleep. Shoot for 7-9 hours of sleep per night, but less than 6 hours can drastically increase your chances of getting sick. Get in a routine of going to bed and getting up at the same time each day as well. This will give you the best quality rest possible.
Finally, as you know, everyone gets slightly under the weather from time to time. However, if you create the right internal environment for your immune system to function properly you will be amazed how healthy you can become. Get working and making your body strong and healthy. A strong and healthy body will help you experience life to the full.
Live well. Be well.