Feel Good This Winter!

5 Not-S0-Common Do’s and Don'ts

Now that the holidays are over and the kids are back in school, old man winter and flu season are in full force. We try to prevent sickness with adjustments, proper hygiene, and healthy eating but sometimes the inevitable happens, and we get sick. Don’t worry; we have your back (and immune system). Dr. Acton recommends the following 5 not-­so-­common Do’s and Don’ts when you’re feeling under the weather:

1.  DO get  Adjusted.

According to Natural News, chiropractic adjustments have been shown to boost the coordinated responses of the nervous and immune systems. Chiropractic treatments can increase immune system function up to 200%.  Protect yourself and get adjusted!

2. DON’T drink orange juice. Although orange juice is a great source of vitamin C, it is a citrus fruit, which increases mucus production. Commercial orange juices often have large amounts of sugar as well, which feeds the pathogen, making matters worse. Drink lots of water (half of your body weight in ounces), and don’t forget that Vitamin D!

3. DO consume lots of fermented foods. Apple cider vinegar is one of my favorite things to sip on when I’m sick. Apple cider vinegar contains probiotics, which will help fight off infections by stimulating the immune system. Other great fermented products are sauerkraut, pickled beets, cucumbers, or miso, just to name a few.

4. DON’T consume dairy products. I know this one is difficult to follow since ice cream and pudding sound great with a sore throat. Why avoid dairy products? Just like reason #2, dairy will increase mucus production. Try a broth based soup instead.

5. DO get lots of rest. Try getting lots of rest right when you feel that sickness coming on. At the onset of an illness, your body is working hard to fight that infection by both attacking the pathogens and creating more immune cells. Giving yourself rest, and thus restoration, will aid your immune system in these processes and often times lead to a shorter length of the illness.