As cold and flu season come crashing upon us it is important to know the many natural and holistic ways to prevent and treat cold weather ailments. I would like to start by saying that getting a flu shot isn’t guaranteeing you against getting the flu and might even make you sicker. The best defense against winter and seasonal bugs is building your immune system naturally.
The stuff your mother told you back in the day is very true: dress in layers and wear a scarf. Many people don’t know what the weather will be like and letting your body get chilled lowers your resistance, especially at the neck and chest. Keeping a scarf handy prevents a stiff neck and protects your nose and mouth from wind, ragweed and people sneezing in your face.
Eat your fruits and vegetables and take vitamins especially C and antioxidants. These nutrients are like building an army in your body that is ready to fight against the intruding germ invaders. Be sure to get plenty of exercise to build up your lungs and heart and strengthen your body protecting you from the elements and the sick people around you. Another way to fight the flu and colds are to get 8 hours of sleep and do deep breathing to relax you. Sleep restores and rejuvenates your cells and deep breathing strengthens your lungs and oxygenates your cells.
If it’s too late and you get sick anyway, take extra Vitamin C, Echinacea and Goldenseal root and zinc. I love On Guard oil made by Do Terra, it’s a blend that includes clove and many other oils and it acts as an antibacterial and antiviral. You can rub it on your hands, feet, diffuse it in the air and even put it in your mouth, feet, bath, or tea. Peppermint oil on your feet will lower a fever, and on the back of your neck or temples will relieve a headache.
Did you know that people that get Chiropractic care for wellness have 200% stronger immunity than those that don’t get adjusted at all, and 400% stronger immune system than those with immune system dysfunction like cancer or autoimmune diseases? Research studies show that people that get chiropractic care take 85% less medication, have 62% hospitalization, and 60% less office visits. My patients notice that they rarely get colds, sinus congestion, and allergy type symptoms when they are getting adjusted regularly. Most people think Chiropractic is for back pain, but it is for overall improved brain and nerve function which helps the whole body work better, including your immune system.
If you find this hard to believe, find out for yourself by calling our office and let us know you read this article and want to get a nervous system evaluation. We look forward to helping you have a great winter so you can be your healthiest self all year long. Check us out at FullLifeChiropractic.com, our facebook page at Full Life Chiropractic, or call our office at (201) 385-7800 today. We look forward to hearing from you.