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Ask the Chiropractor: How Can I Avoid Catching a Cold or Flu this Winter?

by Oasis Wellness Partners on September 28, 2020      

Ah yes, Cold and Flu Season is approaching. With the Coronavirus pandemic overshadowing nearly everything, we still need to remember that there are other bugs to be aware of. However, the same rules apply: to stay healthy this winter, you should maintain healthy habits and follow these important hygiene tips:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

If you do get a cold or a flu, you should give yourself the time and space to recover – stay home, get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids (water or unsweetened herbal tea is best). Most flu symptoms subside within a few days.

Improving Your Immunity

When functioning properly, the immune system either prevents you from getting sick, or helps you recover quickly if you have contracted a virus. But a compromised immune system leaves you more susceptible to the flu and vulnerable to more serious complications, such as developing pneumonia.

Boosting your immunity can be accomplished in a number of ways. Natural herbal supplements can help to strengthen your body’s immune response and speed up healing.

Echinacea is one of the most popular herbal supplements shown to boost your immunity and speed up your recovery from colds or the flu. Vitamin C and zinc are also commonly recommended. Taking elderberry syrup as a tonic (a daily preventative) can help to lessen symptoms because it is high in Vitamin C., antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory. During the winter, making sure your body gets enough Vitamin D is also important to keeping your immune system functioning optimally. And getting regular chiropractic care is another great way to stay healthy!

Chiropractic Family Wellness Center in Scarborough, Maine Can Keep You Feeling Strong

Getting regular chiropractic adjustments ensures optimal function of the nervous system by locating and correcting vertebral subluxations, which are areas of restriction and misalignment in the spine.

Since the nervous system plays a major role in regulating the functions of all bodily systems – including the immune system – chiropractic care may significantly improve your natural immunity. During cold and flu season, regular chiropractic adjustments can keep you feeling strong and healthy, and better able to move easefully through any symptoms of illness. We have Vitamin D as well as an herbal tonic Dr. Meg makes all winter long to fight cold and flu invaders. Stop by and check out our supplements for sale in the lobby!

Give us a call at our Scarborough, Maine office to set up your regular chiropractic adjustments today at (207) 883-5549.

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