Improve Your Immunity With 4 Steps
Our immune system is so important to our bodies, especially around this time of year. With the winter season in full swing & the stressors of a New Year abundant, our bodies have the tendency to end up with a lowered immunity thus making illnesses more common.
So, how do we manage a healthy immune system? Follow these simple steps to incorporate into your self-care routine to help your body fend off sickness and make room for health.
Get nervous system checked.
Come see me! Really! I tell my patients that your nervous system controls your body, even down to the smallest, tiniest cell. It controls every tissue, organ, and organ system (which includes your immune system.) The big deal here is that if your spine is in it's proper alignment, it can send out clear signals to your whole entire body telling it "Hey! Let's heal!" If your body is in alignment, it's functioning at 110%, and that means kicking that cold to the curb.
Have you ever heard that your real immune system is in your gut? The reason why probiotics are such a big deal is that they promote a good healthy gut, thus a good healthy immune system. Probiotics are the good bacteria that go into the digestive system and aid in the digestion of food. Many research articles have linked the strength of our immune system to the amount of probiotics inside of our stomach.
Manage your stress.
Stress. Stress. Stress. It's so difficult to manage stress these days. But, the more stress you subject yourself to, the weaker your immune system will be. When our body is under stress we produce something called cortisol, which is a stress hormone that increases blood pressure, and blood sugar. With cortisol running through your body day in & day out, it leads to a weakened immune system. It's important that we find a way to manage this stress. Start a daily meditation practice. Or a yoga practice. Or make a list of things you are grateful for each day - and focus on those things throughout the day. Do you need accountability in managing stress with a daily self-care check list? Check this out.
Eat real whole foods & avoid sugar.
Do your best to eat some vitamin C boosters like oranges, tangerines, or clementines. Your body doesn't produce or store vitamin C, so it's really important you get some daily. Bell peppers are also a great veggie to go to when you're sick. It has the most vitamin C of any fruit or veggie! Whoa. Broccoli is a great veggie that is supercharged with vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, C, and E. My personal favorite, garlic, is AMAZING for your body. It's been recognized since early civilization as being a go-to in fighting infections of the body.
Sugar is an anti-nutrient in my book. Sugar contains zero nutrients and actually strips away nutrients from our body's internal storage to be used in the body. Once this storage is depleted, our immune system has an even harder time trying to fight off colds and flus. Avoid sugar when you're recovering.
You can stay healthy this winter - I believe in you! Before we know it, the temperatures will rise - and we'll be back outdoors enjoying all of our favorite activities! Hang in there, Des Moines! Stay warm!