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Immune Boost

To optimize your health and overall functioning, a strong, healthy immune system is essential. Unfortunately, many individuals suffer from constant illnesses as a result of decreased immune functioning.

Why? Well, everything I talk about relates to stress, so I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I say a big proponent of your immune system is stress! When we are constantly bombarded with a combination of physical, chemical and emotional stress, it puts our body in a state of hormonal imbalance. Oftentimes, our system becomes run down, and many of us find ourselves getting sick.

Sick and tired of being sick and tired?
Well, there are options with no harmful substances required!
Looking to give that immune system a boost?
And get those number of sick days reduced?
I’ve got some tips for you
They are natural, easy and fun too!

Six Quick Ways to Stay Healthier

Here are some tips on boosting your immune system:

  1. Eat healthy, organic foods. The food that we eat is the biggest chemical stressor that we have! When we eat processed, fast foods or foods that are pumped full of antibiotics and pesticides, we are weakening our immune system. All organic is best, but if all organic isn’t doable, make sure to follow the “Dirty Dozen” rule. Always stick with organic for these 12 foods:
    • Apples
    • Celery
    • Cherries
    • Cucumber
    • Grapes
    • Peaches/nectarines
    • Potatoes
    • Snap peas
    • Spinach
    • Strawberries
    • Sweet bell peppers
    • Tomatoes/cherry tomatoes
  2. Add in Essential Oils. There are many essential oils that are very beneficial for boosting the immune system. Oregano oil is known to be fantastic for colds and flu cases. Another phenomenal one is On Guard. These are great ways to help boost the immune system in an all-natural way. For more information, check out www.mydoterra.com/juliannedonato or contact me directly with any questions!
  3. Get checked and adjusted. The chiropractic adjustment is one of the best ways to help boost the immune system. It takes care of one of the physical stressors to the nervous system. The chiropractic adjustment has been shown to boost immune response in a number of studies. It increases certain chemical mediators in our bodies that are responsible for the immune response (citations: Enhanced Phagocytic Cell Respiratory Burst Induced by Spinal Manipulation. JMPT 1991: 14:399-408; The Effects of Chiropractic on the Immune System: a Review of the Literature. Allen JM, Chiropractic Journal of Australia, 1993; 23:132-135)
  4. Try natural anti-inflammatory foods. There are many natural food options that you can add to your diet, such as turmeric and curcumin. These are phenomenal anti-inflammatory foods and are nontoxic to the system. Honey and lemon are two options that also have natural antibacterial properties in them. We can even add in a lemon essential oil if we don’t want to eat the actual lemon. All are great things to add in for an extra immune boost. While we are at it, avoid inflammatory foods such as sugar, wheat, dairy and nightshades.
  5. Meditate or deep breathe. This tip is one of my favorites! Many of you might be thinking, “What the heck does this have to do with the immune system?” Well, there may not be a direct link in any published studies, but if we address the emotional stress component to a decreased immune system, adding in mindfulness exercises is never a bad option. While there are no guarantees with this one, there also aren’t any risks. As a big believer in our mind/body connection, why not add in some TLC for our minds?
  6. Get moving! This one is another great piece of advice I can give. Recently, an article was published that was titled “Sitting is the New Smoking.” Shocking, isn’t it? Being sedentary is being compared to smoking in terms of the harmful effects it has on our immune system. So, get moving, get moving, get moving! Whether it simply be a walk around the block, going for a swim or marching on the spot, make sure you start activating and recruiting those postural and stability muscles. It will activate areas of the brain that relate to different hormones being released.

I hope you enjoyed these helpful tips! And should you have any questions, as always, I am here to help!

Yours in health; body, mind and soul.

Dr. Julianne Donato, B.A., D.C.
Chiropractor in Burlington

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