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10 Simple Steps to Boost Your Immune System

We are living in uncertain times. Thus, it is important to boost your immune system now to reduce the risk of viral or bacterial issues. These steps are ALWAYS important, even when life gets back to normal:

1. BREATHE. Oxygen is element to the human body and is needed by every single cell. In stressful times we tend to breathe more shallowly, which reduces the amount of oxygen available to our cells.

2. REDUCE STRESS. Reduce stress by defining reality, confronting the throughts in your mind, eating right and staying active.

3. WATER. Its importance is second only to oxygen. Water helps regulate body temperature, absorb nutrients, eliminate toxins and lubricate joints.

4. BE ACTIVE. The problem with inactivity is it weakens the body and makes it more susceptible to infection and disease. Stretch, walk, run, bike, hike, clean or dance.

5. VITAMINS. Studies have proven we are malnourished because of the amount of highly-processed food we eat. The more processed a food is, the less nutrition it has. I recommend taking a whole food multivitamin, vitamin C and vitamin E (fish oil) daily. We give specific vitamins based on deficiencies seen in blood results. Don’t get them from a box store. Locally you can go to the Natural Health Organic Food Store, my office or search “Whole Food Multivitamin”.

6. FRUITS & VEGETABLES. Eating is about providing your body with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Fruits and vegetables are easier for your body to digest and have more nutrients in them. Fresh organic is best.

7. AVOID TOXINS SUCH AS SMOKING, DRINKING ALCOHOL & EATING PROCESSED FOOD. The less toxic load your body has, the more time and energy it has to fight off intruders.

8. PROPER SLEEP. Sleep is when you heal. The World Health Organization recommends seven to nine (7 to 9) hours per night.

9. GO OUTSIDE. Being outside helps heal the body. Combine activity with this by walking or biking outside.

10. CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS. Studies show adjustments stimulate the nervous system and boost the immune system. We treat people from two days old to 100 years.

WHIPLASH: HOW TO AVOID IT

Whiplast. What is it? How likely are you to get a whiplash? Waht are the long-term risks?

Whiplash is defined as an injury caused by a severe jerk of the head, casuing it to go from front to back or side to side. Whiplash happens in a matter of seconds – more quickly than your tendons and muscles can protect you – and can cause injuries that include bulging discs and herniation, vertebral misalignment, injury to the spine, damaged nerves and torn ligaments and muscles within the neck.

Unfortunately, people oftentimes have sustained an injury and don’t recognize the signs of whiplash until much later when a chronic condition has set in and is multiplied by even more symptoms. Although people most often associate whiplash with car accidents, it can also happen during a number of sports actvitities, such as football, boxing, skiing, and hockey, to name a few. Even a carnival ride that has a whipping motion has been known to cause a whiplash injury.

Did you know:

– While most cars can take a 12-mph accident without much damage, whiplash can occur in as little as a 5-mph accident.

– Whiplash can develop over years if not treated properly.

– Whiplash can happen when someone falls.

Tips to reduce your risk of whiplash:

1) Raise the headrest in your car as high as it can go.

2) Always wear your seatbelt.

3) Put a small pillow behind your lower back when driving or riding.

4) Get check by a chiropractor immediately after any accident.

If you think you might have whiplash, be proactive and seek the advice of a professional who can assess the injury and treat it gently and non-invasively. Simple adjustments by a trained chiropractor can relieve pain in a whiplash victim and put them on the path to healing.