It’s that time of the year again. The flu season is upon us, and this time of the year can really be a hassle for most people. You might have days where you feel rundown and tired, have trouble regulating your body temperature, not to mention tummy troubles, constant coughing and a runny nose.
Here are 5 helpful flu fighting tips from our Oakville Chiropractor Dr. Appanna, that you can take into consideration if you’re feeling under the weather.
- Care for your immune system by going to the Chiropractor
Your immune system is your primary defense against any type of infection. If your immune system is not functioning properly then you are at an even greater risk of contracting an infection. Your spine houses your nervous system which controls your immune systems response. Chiropractors use adjustments to ensure that your spine is in alignment, therefore sending clear signals to your nervous system and in return activating your immune system. When your spine is out of alignment signals from the nervous system can be interrupted, and can prevent your immune system from kicking in. A chiropractic adjustment during the cold and flu season can be essential to fighting off the flu as your body already has all the tools it needs to combat most infections. To book an appointment with a Chiropractor in Oakville, give us a call at 905-845-2291.
- Wash your hands!
One of the best ways to stop the spread of the flu and other infections is by washing your hands. Viruses can live on surfaces up to 48 hours, therefore you can easily contract the flu by touching any kind of surface and then touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.
- Take supplements such as Vitamin D3 and K
During the summer there are plenty of opportunities for our body to get adequate amounts of Vitamin D3 and from the sun; however, during the cold winter months in Canada, we tend to stay inside, and the days are also shorter providing us with less sunlight. Many studies have shown that Vitamin D3 along with vitamin K increase your immune systems function helping us to fight off the flu. During these winter months add a daily dose of vitamin D3 and K. Speak to one of our doctors if you have any further questions.
- Eat Well to Be Well
It’s so important to eat healthy not only during the winter months but always. What we put in our bodies will always reflect on how we are feeling on the inside and outside. During the cold and flu season try incorporating more foods with Vitamin C such as oranges, grapefruit and dark green leafy veggies such as kale and spinach. Try drinking green tea instead of your morning cup of coffee and having a yogurt with probiotics for breakfast.
- Stay Active
Exercise is often one of the best medicines just because it’s winter you should still be doing something active for 30 minutes each day. Staying active can help your immune system kick in return helping combat the flu.
Dr. Nishma Appanna D.C.