This time of year is the last hurrah for colds, flues and stomach bugs and they tend to like to go out with a bang. Doing a few simple things can help boost both you and your family’s immunity in the last few weeks of winter.
These are 3 tips I personally use this time of year and I tend to notice they make me more resistant to getting sick even when everyone around me has a runny nose or has a fever.
Tip #1: Drink Honey Lemon Tea
This super easy to make drink provides Vitamin C and if you use local raw honey it actually can stimulate your immune system so its much stronger when a virus or bacteria comes to cause trouble. To make simply heat up a mug of water and add a tablespoon of raw honey and the juice from 1/4 to 1/2 of a lemon (fresh squeezed). Have 1-3 cups a day.
Tip #2: Get Outside
This time of year we start to see some much nicer days weather wise. The suns rays are much stronger than in the early winter and getting 10-15 minutes of sun exposure on some bare skin each day gets your body making Vitamin D. This is important because Vitamin D plays a critical role in your immune response. Getting some sun on the nicer days ensures you have enough Vitamin D to mount a good, strong immune response when needed.
Tip #3: See Your Chiropractor Regularly
Huh? The chiropractor? Yes, that’s right. The chiropractor. Although many people think of chiropractic as mostly for back pain in reality chiropractic adjustments work wonders for the whole body. How you ask? Remember that chiropractic works by removing interference in the nervous system caused by misaligned joints pinching nerves. ANYTHING at the end of a nerve fiber loses some function when subluxations (bones out of place) are present. Getting regular adjustments improves the overall function of the body and this includes a much stronger and coordinated immune response.
In addition remember to drink enough water, get 7-9 hours of sleep a night and exercise. Getting through the last few weeks of winter can be difficult but you can do it with much less illness by just making a few small changes in your routine.
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