Super charge your immune system
Acupuncture is a safe way to enhance the effectiveness of your immune system, giving you better resistance before the flu season begins. I invite all of you to make a fall-winter tune-up appointment for sometime between mid October to mid November. Along with acupuncture, here are 5 more things you can do on your own to keep your immune system humming!
1. Remember to wash your hands frequently.
We often bring our hands to our face, making it easier for pathogens on the hands to enter the body via the mucous membranes of the nose and mouth. Handwashing with soap and hot water is considered the number one way to fend off germs.
2. Take vitamin D3.
The best source of vitamin D3 is, of course, sunlight. Daily exposure of 15 minutes of sunlight to the trunk of the body charges our immune system. In the Northern hemisphere however, sunlight is seriously lacking once winter begins. Vitamin D3 also comes in supplement form. Consult your health care provider for dosage of D3.
3. Be vigilant about your diet.
Cut down on sugar, a known immune system suppressor, and add fermented foods to your diet. Visit my blog for details and recipes
4. Stay active but avoid exhausting yourself with exercise.
Regular, sensible exercise, allows for better circulation of the components of your immune system, giving your body a better chance to detect any unwanted micro-organisms. The strain of excessive workouts however, puts your immune system under a lot of pressure and puts some athletes at higher risk for catching cold and flu.
5. Learn how to cope with stress.
Research over the past 30 years has demonstrated a link between chronic stress and suppression of the immune system. Move your body, go dancing, learn and practice restorative yoga, meditation, or Qi Gong, an ancient self-healing system, or at least make a regular habit of taking a few moments for yourself to recharge and simply breathe.
Rosemary McDonough Ac