This year’s flu season started early and has only gotten more and more intense. It’s one of the worst seasons we’ve experienced in 15 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to fight off the flu and protect yourself from infection. Follow these tips from our chiropractic clinic in Vancouver to stay healthy until spring!
1. Wash your hands.
One of the best ways to stave off sickness is also one of the simplest. Wash your wands!! Viruses like the flu can survive on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours, so you could be infected just by touching something, then touching your nose, eye or mouth. Washing your hands frequently is the best way to prevent this type of transmission.
2. Boost your immune system by visiting our chiropractor clinic.
Your body’s primary defense against infection is its immune system, but it is only effective if it is working properly. When our bodies aren’t at optimum levels, our immune systems become compromised and we become more vulnerable to illnesses like the flu.
Your immune system’s response is controlled by the nervous system, which is housed in the spine. It is no wonder that seeing a chiropractor for an adjustment can help increase your overall health and give your immune system the boost it needs to fight off germs all season long.
Contact us today to make an appointment! We offer convenient hours that fit your schedule and even offer weekend appointments. You’ll find an overview of our services here, and can even get started on your paperwork by clicking here before your appointment.
3. Get the right nutrients.
Feed your immune system to stay healthy throughout flu season. Get plenty of vitamin C by eating grapefruit, oranges, clementines or tangerines. If citrus fruits aren’t your thing, you can get a good dose of the vitamin from red bell peppers! Stock up on garlic to enjoy its infection-fighting compounds and add ginger to desserts or hot drinks to decrease inflammation. Spinach and broccoli are packed with nutrients to boost your immune system and increase infection-fighting abilities, and almonds are a great source of vitamin E, another key to a healthy system.