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Jan 08, 2013, 2:44 pm
Fight the flu: Boost your immune system all winter long
By Abby Splittstoesser and Beth McVey

Abby Splittstoesser

Beth McVey


With cold and flu season in full force, many people may wonder what natural remedies are available to them. Here are six quick and easy tips: 

1. Drink fluids

One of the most important things you can do is to drink plenty of fluids. Warm beverages such as herbal teas or homemade soups and broths support all of your body’s functions, including the immune system.

2. Catch your zzz’s!

Sleep helps to restore and heal the body.

3. Chiropractic care

The nervous and immune systems are designed to work together to create optimal responses for the body to adapt and heal appropriately. Spinal misalignments cause dysfunction in the nervous system that lead to a poorly coordinated immune response. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to boost the coordinated responses of the nervous system and immune system, to more efficiently prevent and heal illnesses.

4. Eat healthy food

Eating plenty of organic fruits and vegetables is also important for keeping your immune system functioning at it’s best. Decrease your intake of sugar and processed/refined foods as these types of foods suppress your immune system.

5. Saline rinse

Daily rinses help treat infections by clearing out the nasal passages and keep the mucous membranes moist. Use a neti pot or generic nasal spray.

6. Supplements/vitamins

Vitamin C, Echinacea, Vitamin D3 and probiotics, along with a few other supplements, are essential in keeping the immune system functioning properly to avoid sickness. They provide great antioxidant protection as well as good support for the other systems of the body.

Dr. Abby Splittstoesser and Dr. Beth McVey are chiropractors with Rochester Chiropractic & Wellness.

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