Preventive Medicine, Supercharge your Immune system

6 Ways to Supercharge Your Immune System!

What a lovely fall season we are having!  The autumn colours may not be as dramatic this year as in years past but at least the weather has been co-operative. IMG_1584

We all know however that first real blast of cool weather is not far off.  It’s a change I always welcome because the cooler, blustery days make me want to carve up a pumpkin, tend a simmering pot of stew, or just curl up with the cat!  It’s also the kind of weather that heralds the approach of another flu season.

The Immune system:

 Working day in and day out, our immune system doesn’t often get our attention until it fails to do its job of defending us against the thousands of harmful germs that are floating in the air that we breathe. If the immune system isn’t up to scratch, a germ may go unnoticed and we end up with a cold, the flu or worse.  The speed with which the immune system eventually takes care of an invader (bacteria and virus) gives us an idea of the strength of our immune system and/or the virulence of the germ.  If we do come down with the flu, it can be several weeks before we feel better.

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 the end of 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. 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.  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.

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