Find yourself getting frequent colds? Your immune system may not be functioning as it´s supposed to
A well functioning immune system is necessary for optimal health. But how do you get one? Follow these recommendations to aid your body fight off the bugs and make room for health.
1.Take probiotics. Probiotics are the good bacteria that go into the digestive system and aid in the digestion of food. Research has linked the strength of the immune system to the quantity of good bacteria inside the stomach. Good sources are yogurt, fermented vegetables (miso, sauerkraut) and fermented tea (kombucha).
2. Avoid sugary foods. Sugar is an anti-nutrient. I am talking about the refined simple sugars that contain no nutrients and, upon entering the body, take nutrients away from the body’s storage in order to be metabolized. Once these storehouses are depleted, further weakening our body and making our immune system face an even greater challenge in fighting off colds and flus.
3. Get nervous system checked. Your nervous system (brain and spinal cord) controls every cell, tissue, organ, and organ system within your body. The key here is to be sure that your spine is in its proper alignment so it can send out correct and unhindered signals to the rest of your body. See your chiropractor today!
4. DON’T let stress get to you. The more stress you subject yourself to, the weaker your immune system becomes. When our body is under stress we produce more cortisol, which is a stress hormone that increases blood pressure and blood sugar leading to a weakened immune system. Perhaps stress-relieving techniques such as meditation, yoga and exercise is something you want to try ?
5. Take Vitamin D3 supplement. The «sunshine vitamin» is necessary to switch on the genes that activate the immune response. The primary source is sun exposure which very few of us get enough of, especially since sunscreen blocks it out. Many foods rich in Vitamin D aren´t very common in the typical modern diet, like fish liver oil, beef liver and egg yolks.
Healthy New Year!