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Posted on 11-29-2016
As we moved through one holiday and onto the next we have been greeted with Christmas music, visiting with family and friends, traveling, winter activities and colder weather. As a chiropractor, I pride myself on preventive care not only for me and my family but my patients as well. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure in my books. I want to give you some simple tips to start implementing right away, or keep up if you already do, so the hecticness of the holidays and delicious food we all consume doesn’t put you at risk for being run down to bring in the New Year.
Sounds simple, but most of us do not get nearly enough or the right type of sleep to allow our bodies to rest, heal and repair to take on the next day. Studies show a strong link between adequate sleep and a healthy immune system; however adequate sleep varies from person to person. Some only need 6 hours while others need far more. It’s finding a balance to make sure you are getting a RESTORATIVE amount of sleep that’s right for you. If you are someone who struggles to fall asleep it may be something as simple as the wrong pillow preventing you from that restful sleep we all desire.
Eating Nutrient Rich Foods
I am as bad as the next person in attempting to turn away from the yummy cookies, cakes and delicious food that slowly starts popping up come the 1st of December. I lack the will power to turn down such sweets. So if you are like me you have to put a plan in place to make sure you don’t go into the deep end during the holiday season. First, try to include a variety of in season veggies into almost all of your meals. You would be shocked how many immune boosting nutrients are packed in vegetables such as kale, broccoli, beets and Brussels sprouts to name a few. Make sure you are eating clean protein sources, local is preferred, and cooking with healthier fats such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil or grass fed butter. Secondly, prepare a head! It’s tough walking into a staff room at work filled with all the desserts you can imagine, and if you are in a state of hunger, there is no turning those sweets down. Pack a mixture of raw mixed nuts (Almonds, cashews, macadamia, pecans etc.), build a delicious salad or bring an apple with almond butter. I know it won’t taste nearly as satisfying as a fudge brownie however eating nutrient rich foods will not only provide your body more nutrients but keep you fuller longer!
The master system of the body that controls and coordinates everything is the nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments have been show to help regulate the nervous system and decrease the tension within the body. Researchers in New York found that people under chiropractic care for more than five years demonstrated 200% greater immune function that those who had not (Pero R. Medical Researcher Excited By CBSRF Project Results. The Chiropractic Journal. 1989; 32). My goal as a chiropractor is ultimately allowing you to functioning at your optimal potential!
Getting into an exercise routine can be tough, especially when our schedules seem to go out the window during the holiday season. If you exercising, whatever that may be for you (running, Crossfit, yoga, skiing etc.) make it a priority to continue your schedule, your body and immune system will thank and repay you. Research shows that exercise causes changes in antibodies and white blood cells (WBC). WBCs are the body's immune system cells that fight disease. These antibodies or WBCs circulate more rapidly, so they could detect illnesses earlier than they might have before. Exercise is also a great relaxation tool as your holiday to-do list continues to pile up. Exercise slows down the release of stress hormones. Some stress increases the chance of illness. Lower stress hormones may protect against illness.
In today’s society we are constantly bombarded with stress from all different directions. You may eat the foods, get enough sleep and exercise yet you still feel run down and fatigued. Sometime your body needs a little boost to help combat the extra stress over the holidays. Here are my favorite supplements I use over the holiday (Note: Always check with your care provider prior to introducing a new supplement)
1. Essential Defense by Metagenics : Essential Defense is an enhanced classic Chinese formula, known as yín qiáo san, traditionally used to provide immediate immune support, especially following a sudden temperature change
2. D-Mulsion 1000 by Genestra Brands: Liquid form preferred
3. Thieves Young Living Essential Oil : an EO blend highly anti-viral, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-infectious.
4. Elderberry Liquid: I mix the supplement with my water. Has great anti-viral properties.
If you have any questions about any of these tips, please do not hesitate to shoot me an e-mail or give the office a call!
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