Be Healthy, Be Strong and Support Your Natural, In-Built Defences
In light of the news about ‘the virus’ at the moment, it could be very easy to live in a constant state of fear.
As these fears and concerns appear to reach a fever pitch, it might be useful to put as much energy into thinking about what we can do proactively to ensure that we remain healthy, fit and strong. This shift in focus is not only a more empowered position, but also allows us the opportunity to take more personal responsibility.
Washing hands and cleaning surfaces are good ways of minimising the spread of the virus, but now more than ever is the time to adopt the lifestyle practices that we know help to ensure that we stay healthy, strong and support our immune systems.
- Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables and decrease processed foods and alcohol. Not only to get lots of great vitamins and minerals, but also to support the healthy function of your gut where a significant proportion of your immune system originates.
- Prioritise sleep. Aim for 7-9 hours. Poor sleep means more stress hormones and a weakened immune system.
- Ensure that you have enough vitamin D. Deficiencies can be associated with being detrimental to the immune system and the NHS suggests supplementation during autumn and winter since light levels in the UK are insufficient for our bodies to produce it naturally.
- Moderate exercise. Exercise, especially in fresh air helps your body in so many ways such as boosting your metabolism, releasing endorphins and helping to relieve stress.
- Ensure your nervous system is functioning optimally. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to improve the functioning of your nervous system, which controls every system in your body. It also helps reduce stress in your tissues, increases your white blood cells and often helps people relax.
- Do things to keep your spirits up. Our mental/emotional state is intrinsically linked to our immune system. Here’s an excellent video explaining the relationship between stress, pain and the immune system.
Our practice is open as usual. We are continuing our usual high standards of hygiene and are here to help people feel strong whatever the external situation they are dealing with.
As one practice member said after an adjustment today.
‘I feel strong and ready to face whatever comes my way.’