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Fortify Your Defenses Against Sickness This Season

sick woman sneezing into tissueFrom jam-packed calendars to sugar consumption, people’s immune systems are more susceptible to sickness this time of year. Many families have more on their plate, which equates to significant stress. Here’s a look at some ways our immune system can get taxed during the holidays.

Sugar’s Not So Sweet Side

Traditionally, we eat more sugar this time of year, which directly impacts our levels of inflammation and the function of our immune system. From eating one too many Christmas cookies to giving into our chocolate fix, sugar consumption can skyrocket. That can lead to our immune system taking a nosedive.

Lack of Sleep, Inadequate Vitamin D & Inactivity

People often don’t get as much rest this time of year, which ties into the stress response. Burning the candle at both ends will burn you out quickly.

Although San Diego doesn’t get too cold, when the temperatures dip a bit some people avoid exercising outside. Others complain of the high amounts of pollen and dander in the air, which wreak havoc on the sinuses. By staying indoors, we can’t get the vital Vitamin D from the sun which gives our health a big boost. Inactivity can also make the body more susceptible to sickness.

3 Ways to Increase Self Care

Here are three simple tips for boosting your health this season:

1: Get adjusted

Even if your schedule looks crazy, prioritize getting chiropractic adjustments. This simple habit is much more important when odds are stacked against you during this stressful time of year.

2: Clean up your nutrition

You don’t have to pass up every cookie that comes your way, or skip the holiday buffet table. However, you don’t want to throw caution to the wind and make every day during the holidays a “cheat day” or vow to start eating healthy in the New Year.

Bolster your body’s defenses by eating leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, and lots of clean, unprocessed foods to support your body’s natural detoxification pathways. Because it’s sometimes a challenge to get all the nutrients we need through whole foods, stay strong with your supplementation.

3: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

It’s always important to drink plenty of pure water each day. If you’re someone who is susceptible to sinus issues, it’s also a good idea to use a humidifier, essential oils, or a neti pot, to keep those membranes moist as much as possible. You can also boil a pot of water and lean over it so the steam can open up your nasal passages.

If it’s been a while since your last adjustment, call us today to book an appointment!


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