What you can do naturally for a head cold

This is the time of year where people start coming in for colds and flu symptoms.  One of the things I do not recommend is the flu shot.  It truly is a shot in the dark.

How about building your immune system up naturally?  What a novel idea.

Here are some simple things I recommend to build your immune system and be less sick during the change of seasons and winter.

1.  Avoid processed sugars. sugar is everywhere.  Let fruit and veggies be your source of sugar, simple as that.  Sugars stress the immune system big time in a negative way.  Kids eating sweets after Haloween get all kinds of colds and keep the dentist busy also.

2. Get sunlight.  It’s going to be a great week of weather.  Get out and get as much sun as you can.  Vitamin D is crucial for good immune health.  Most people are deficient in this.  I run a blood test to see where you are at so I know how much to give you,  then re-check after 60 days.

3.  Stay away from orange juice and making smoothies with tons of juices in them.  Fruit juices not good, they spike your insulin levels and this stresses your adrenal glands and pancreas out and immune system gets stressed.

4.  Get regular exercise.  This time of year people start getting ready to hibernate for 5 months.  Get out and enjoy the out doors 365 days a year.  You don’t have to kill your self with workouts but get the body moving.  I prefer quick 20 minute high intensity fat burning weight bearing exercises like planks, up downs, lunges, quick sprints.  You can find me at least 1 day a week doing sprints on the football field  Come join me.

5.  Get regular Chiropractic adjustments!  This is imperative.  In fact, studies have shown that people who get adjusted regularly have a 200% stronger immune system than people who do not get adjusted. I started getting adjusted when i was in college and it changed my life.  No more ear infections and colds are only if I train to much. and don’t manage my stress well.

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6.  Add garlic to your cooking.  I love garlic, it’s great for immune health as is olive leaf extract and other herbs such as astralagus, echinacea,licorace extract, zinc, Vit. A, and Vitamin C.  I carry a product called X-Viromen which works great for colds.  Another product if you feel like you are getting sick is Nucleo-immune.  Take this the first sign of a sniffle or achy feel and it does wonders.

7.  Get sleep.  One of the biggest things I stress to patients and especially high school athletes is to get enough sleep.  Sleep is when your body recovers.  If you aren’t getting 8 hours then you are probably stressing your body more.  I have to get at least 8 hours.  I go to bed early and get up early.  I do a saliva test called an adrenal stress index test.  This measures a stress hormone called cortisol at 4 different times in a 24 hour period of time.  It’s a must have done test if you have any sleeping issues.  You can not get and stay healthy if you aren’t sleeping well.  It’s only $95 and is a great investment.

8.  Count your blessings.  We all have tough times, that’s just part of life.  Be grateful for all things that come your way.  Go out and make a difference in other peoples life, that’s one of the best ways to feel good about your life.

9.  Have fun and smile!!

10.  Mentor others with your God given talents.  This helps build confidence which is great for immune health.  We can’t do anything about yesterday, but we can do a ton today and tomorrow!  Go out and live life!!

It’s homecoing week in Osceola!  Get out and support our youth!!  Beat the Prescott Cardinals Friday night!!

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