What are you doing to prevent catching a cold or flu?
This is generally the time of the year that we see an influx of patients come into our office with a cold or a flu. What many people don’t realize is that, for the most part, this is a very avoidable illness that does not need to incapacitate you and leaving you wishing for a “quick fix”. The best analogy that I can use to explain this situation is the “Rats and a dump” analogy. It goes like this:
- Rats will come upon a dump and inhabit and multiply and over run the dump because the living conditions are perfect. The dump isn’t created because the rats are there, rather if the rat comes upon an area with little refuse it may sniff around and move to the next site in hopes of finding that perfect home. Same too is how germs and our bodies work. If you’re exposed to a virus or bacteria it will flourish in a body that has a weakened immune system as a result of a unhealthy host body. If the body is healthy that bacteria or virus may cause a symptom or two but then is quickly flushed from the body.
The question inevitably becomes; then how can I have a healthy body so I can prevent catching a cold or flu? And what follows are the five most common solutions to preventing your body from becoming ill.
Reduce sugar intake
- Sugar plays an important role in energy in the body, however, when taking in excess it causes insulin spikes which result in a suppression of the immune system.
- Sugar can be found in sweets like chocolate or soft drinks. Sugar can also be found in bread and pasta and condiments and cereals and etc….. Sugar is literally in everything these days. The best thing you can do is to know exactly what you’re putting into your body and try to minimize sugar consumption
- Eat more vegetables. Eating veggies will help decrease your appetite which will then lead to eating less refined carbohydrates (sugars)
- Vitamin D has been shown to be critical in the immune response.
- During the summer months our vitamin d stores are filled up and stored in the liver, however, by the winter months we see these stores diminish and as a result the immune system struggles.
- Supplementing between 2000-5000 IU’s per day during the winter months will help keep the vitamin d store high
- Movement is life! Exercise will increase blood flow and increase sweating which helps to excrete toxins from the body that can inhibit the immune response.
- As little as 20mins a day of walking has been shown through research to be extremely beneficial to overall health
- Drinking water helps to eliminate toxins from the body
- Drinking water helps to curb food cravings which then diminish the amount of sugars consumed
- When hydration levels are adequate the immune system is able to function at a higher level due to the lymphatic system being more fluid
- Research shows that getting a regular adjustment helps to boost the immune system by 200%
- We see our patients under regular care get sick far less often than the average person.
- We ourselves rarely get sick. In 10 years of practice I’ve only ever missed 2 days due to illness and one of those was the result of food poisoning.
These are just some simple strategies to help you in your health care journey. If you want more strategies come and talk to us and we will guide you even further to help create the healthiest possible you!