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5 Natural Ways to Support and Strengthen Immune Health

Nobody likes coming down with a cold or the flu. Unfortunately, suppressing symptoms with over-the-counter medicines can create more harm than good.

Many formulas have less-than-stellar results.

We lack evidence that suppressants and expectorants help with coughing. Many medicines also carry unpleasant side effects. ~ Norman Edelman, MD, Senior Scientific Adviser at the American Lung Association

Your body has its own natural healing mechanisms when you get sick:

  • Mucus helps get rid of dead bacteria and viruses.
  • Coughing helps move the infection out of your lungs.
  • Sneezing clears the airways of harmful irritants and allergy-causing substances.
  • Fever is your body heating up to kill off the infection.

Taking cold remedies and other suppressive formulas can inhibit your body’s defense mechanisms so that it can’t fight back and might even prolong your cold or flu.

On the other hand, when you let a safe fever run its course, you actually support the body’s defense mechanisms.

If you do get sick, talk with your healthcare professional about natural alternatives to medications. Gargling with warm salt water, for instance, can ease cold symptoms like a sore throat. Using wraps or baths that cool the body can also help naturally lower fever.

Strengthening Your Immune System is Your Best Defense Against Colds and Flu

1. Sleep Well

Optimal sleep levels support a healthy immune system, while sleep deprivation can compromise immunity. Aim for 7 – 8 hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep nightly. If you’re sick, additional sleep can strengthen your immune system.

2. Exercise Consistently

Regular exercise can support a healthy immune system. If you’re not feeling well, go easy on exercise, although light walking in fresh air could help you feel better.

3. Take Epsom Salt Baths

A hot bath soothes achy muscles and helps you feel better. Add a cup of Epsom salt to your bath, an excellent form of magnesium, can strengthen the immune system.

4. Minimize Stress Levels

Chronic stress can impact your immune system. Whether it involves yoga, meditation, deep breathing, or laughing with a friend, find ways to de-stress regularly.

5. Visit Your Chiropractor

A healthy immune system requires a healthy central nervous system. Your chiropractor can optimize your immunity and help you get the right nutrients to stay well.

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