Optimizing Immune System Function to Help Block the Coronavirus
Keeping health simple during these trying times can seem, well, not so simple. If you spend any time watching the news, reading the paper, or scrolling social media, it’s coronavirus this, COVID-19 that. And, who’s information is reliable? We’re expected to sort through that, too?
Over the past couple of weeks at Keystone Chiropractic, we’ve realized that one of the best ways to optimize your body and block the coronavirus (or any other germs, for that matter) is to focus on what you can control. Previously in blog and video format, we’ve discussed our Health Made Simple series. With those 4 KEY requirements in mind, below we’ll discuss strategies to optimize immune system function.
Eat Healthy Foods
This can’t be understated! Eating real food is key to getting the nutrients and energy the body needs. Using these quality raw materials, your immune and nervous systems can function at optimal levels.
Along with eating real foods, it may be necessary to supplement Vitamin D3. This helps keep your immune system tuned and sharp. While it’s best to get Vitamin D3 through sunlight exposure, supplementation is still often needed.
Reduce Sugar Consumption
Excessive sugar consumption, especially added sugar in processed foods leads to widespread, chronic inflammation. This heavily stresses the immune system, and makes it ill equipped to respond to any invaders.
While the alcohol in hand sanitizer may help kill viruses and bacteria, drinking alcohol will not. Alcohol often reduces quality sleep. It’s during sleep when our body heals the most. Reducing alcohol consumption can improve sleep and help optimize immune response.
Drink Lots of Water
Staying well hydrated is crucial for optimal immune function. It also helps in keeping things moving through your digestive system. It’s key that you get at least half of your body weight in ounces each day (i.e. if you weigh 150 lbs, drink at least 75 ounces of water per day).
Get Plenty of Exercise
Exercising is known to help the immune system block invaders. Walking 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week, has been shown to ward off sickness, and reduce symptoms if you happen to become ill. Exercise also lowers stress, improves blood flow, and helps with sleep, which are all important to optimal immune function.
Adapt to Stress
I often think it’s silly to say “get rid of the stress in your life.” Let’s be real, that’s not happening. Instead, incorporate things like prayer, meditation, yoga, or a gratitude journal, into each day. These are activities which have been shown to reduce the harmful effects of chronic stress, and in turn, increase immunity.
This is the time when your nervous system and immune system are at peak activity. Sleep is when your body takes time to heal. Cutting yourself short or sleeping poorly deprives your body of this critical time. Look to previous blogs on specific tips for improving sleep. You should shoot for at least 6-8 hours every night.
NeuroStructural Chiropractic Care
Ultimately, optimal immune system function and its ability to mount a defense, is tied to our body’s ability to adapt to internal and external challenges. How we adapt is controlled by nervous system function.
As a NeuroStructural Chiropractic office, our goal is to work with patients to ensure a well connected nervous system free from any obstructions. We do so because the nervous system controls and coordinates everything in the body, including the immune system.
Obstructions can occur when the spine shifts from its normal position. If this happens, it creates disconnect and less efficiency. At Keystone Chiropractic, we restore the spine toward normal. This optimizes communication between the nervous system and body, including the immune system.
Will NeuroStructural Chiropractic Care, by itself, prevent illness like COVID-19? No. But it is part of optimizing your immune system to block any virus.