Although, it is very common for the average adult to have approximately 2-3 colds per year, we have provided you with Dr. Jordan’s top 5 tips to arm yourself with during this “sick season” and to make it your healthiest season yet!
1. Frequently Wash Your Hands
All the crud and junk that goes around can live on surfaces for a good 48 hours, leaving us all susceptible to it. Be sure to avoid contact with your eyes, mouth and nose without first washing your hands. This is especially true for children!
2. Get Some Fresh Air and Sunlight!
Throughout the winter months we are often not outside as much as we are during the spring, summer and autumn months. Instead of swimming in the pool, playing at the beach, or doing things in our yard, you can find the majority of us sitting on our couch in front of the fireplace.
Throughout the rest of the year our body absorbs Vitamin D3 from the sun’s rays. However, if you don’t intend to pick up any outdoor activities in the middle of a South Dakota winter, it may be in your best interest to look at supplementing Vitamin D3. Be sure to read usage instructions for dosage.
Just because the weather outside isn’t nice DOES NOT mean that you cannot continue to exercise regularly. You aren’t a member of a gym? That’s just fine! There are plenty of YouTube videos you can watch or home workout programs that you can join that will easily satisfy your fitness goals. Want to try something new? Great! Pick up snow shoeing, ice skating, or cross-country skiing.
Set a goal to be active for 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week.
4. Maintain A Healthy Diet
Eating right plays a big part in immune function. Try to include those foods rich in Vitamin C – leafy greens including kale and spinach, fruits like oranges, grapefruit, lemons or limes, or vegetables like peppers, broccoli, cauliflower or brussels sprout.
Consider taking a daily probiotic to improve gut health and fight off the poor bacteria that may enter.
5. Chiropractic Care
The majority of people only see chiropractic care as an avenue to fix every day aches and pains, whiplash following a car accident, or an injury from work or sporting event. Chiropractic is so much more than just a fix for the owies you acquire throughout your life. Chiropractic adjustments preserve an open pathway between the brain and rest of the body by ridding of spinal subluxations, allowing it function at its highest potential. More often than not, our bodies natural defenses are not working correctly due to an interruption in our nerve pathways, leaving us susceptible to illness.
Through many years of observation and research, it has been found that chiropractic care can boost your immune function following adjustments by up to 200%. That’s right, 200%! In this way, your body more optimally functions and is more equipped to fight off all the cold and flu germs.
If you have already found yourself subject to illness, chiropractic adjustments can help you too! Adjustments will help your immune systems to function at a higher level.