The cold and stress of the winter season can take a toll on our health and well being, especially with the added pressure of continuing to navigate the pandemic. Here is an array of tips to bolster your immunity and keep you happy and healthy through the season. Ideally everyone could tackle every one of these tips, but realistically, pick the ones most doable to you - every bit helps!
Get Enough Sleep - Sleep allows your body to rest and repair. It is the number one thing you can do to support your immune system. For most people 7 hours is the minimum. Many people actually need 8-9 hours. You will know you are getting enough sleep when you can get up fairly easily.
Eat Well - What does it even mean to eat well?! The new year is a perfect time to start solidifying new and good habits. Focus on eating a regular breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and include all sorts of colorful vegetables, protein, and healthy fats such as olive and coconut oils, which help keep your blood sugar balanced and you feeling full.
Get Outside - Have you moved today? Getting moving outside in the fresh air for any amount of time is a great way to de-stress and re-center. Take a walk around the block if that is what fits in your schedule. Better yet, head out to the woods or by water. Even better, get family or friends to join you.
Get Adjusted - Studies have shown that a chiropractic adjustment can increase the immune system’s response by 200% for greater than 48 hours. Adjustments lower stress and tap into your parasympathetic nervous system - where you want to be for resting, digesting, and ultimately healing.
Supplements - This is a great way to support your immune system, especially when your stress bucket is full. The basic immune recommendations (which tackle 90% of what most people need) are to supplement with Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Magnesium, and a Probiotic. If you start to feel sick, add a zinc lozenge within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms can help decrease the duration of illness. If you are in your golden years (over 65), then add Vitamin E. If you are prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder, include Vitamin B.
Lower Stress - The good news is, any of the above steps will help reduce stress, both mental and physical. And you know you! So if meditation, a hot bath, exercise, or a brisk walk help you personally manage your stress, make the time for that. A little can go a long way.