As we head into the dreaded cold and flu season, it’s time to start thinking about a boost to your immunity. A strong immune system can fight off colds and the flu all winter long, so it’s important to make sure your immune system is in its best possible state!
Here are 5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally:
- Probiotics. 70-80% of our entire immune system resides in the gut, which makes it an important place to start for defense. Inflammation in the gut can create a way for the immune system to attack invading viruses and bacteria. However, when this inflammation is present but not needed, it leaves us susceptible to illnesses, allergies, and infections. A high quality probiotic defends this unwanted inflammation while building up the good bacteria in your gut that fights off disease.
- Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiencies are linked to a variety of problems, including an increased sensitivity to infection. When you live somewhere like Iowa, it’s difficult to get the Vitamin D you need from the sun. (Some medical professionals argue that it’s impossible for us to get sufficient Vitamin D from the sun at our latitude.) To combat this, find a Vitamin D supplement that works for you.
- Elderberry. The “father of medicine,” Hippocrates himself touted this ancient plant as having a wide array of health benefits, including fighting colds and the flu. Needless to say, elderberries have been used in medicine for thousands of years… and probably for a good reason. You can find Elderberry syrup through local vendors, as well as at health food stores like Whole Foods and Campbell’s Nutrition.
- Diet and Exercise. As much as we may not like to admit it, diet and exercise play an important role in keeping us healthy. They help our body be in its best state to defend us. Fuel your body’s immune system by choosing whole foods and regular exercise.
- Regular Adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments are proven to boost your immune system by allowing for proper nerve supply. The nervous system and the immune system have a close relationship to each other. Stress and improper nerve function can lead to improper immune system function. Chiropractic adjustments improve the function of the immune system through the nervous system.