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Top 5 Ways to Boost Immunity (and avoid Coronavirus)

Lately, you can't turn on the news without hearing about Coronavirus. Store shelves are being emptied of bottled water and toilet paper. That's great and all, but I believe there are more effective ways of dealing with it.

In this case, I believe a preventative approach is the best course of action. There are things you can do right now to boost your immunity, which will do far more to protect you than an extra case of water will. Think of it as fanning the flames of health that will turn your immune system into a great big protective bonfire!

1. Mindset

The news is great for keeping us informed, but it's important to step away from the constant coverage every now and then. Keep a positive attitude; find peace and joy in every day. Prayer and meditation are also helpful for getting us into the right state of mind.

There's a saying that goes: "Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere." It's important to let go of things you can't change and work on the things you can control. Getting into the right mindset is something you CAN do!

2. Exercise

You've heard that a pound of prevention is better than an ounce of cure. That definitely holds true in this situation! Studies show that moderate exercise can help boost your immune system - a definite must when dealing with a new virus. Exercise can also help boost your mood, which can help you feel less anxious about what's going on out there! Something as simple is 20-minute walk is all it can take! Fresh air and sunshine are good for body and mind.

3. Sleep

When it comes to getting enough Z's, both quality and quantity count. Set up a proper sleep environment with comfortable bedding and no electronics. Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep per night.

Studies show that a lack of good sleep increases your stress response, which causes inflammation, which leaves us more susceptible to sickness. Don't underestimate the power of sleep!

4. Diet

When we're stressed, it can be so easy to reach for those sugary treats to help us feel better. But what we really need to reach for is more whole foods. Fruits, veggies, whole grains - these things are filled with nutrients and antioxidants that can keep our immune system strong and healthy.

Of course, none of us are perfect in our diets, and many foods (though healthy) can be stripped of the vital nutrients we need. We can fill in those gaps with supplements. I highly recommend Immuplex and Congaplex, both made by Standard Process, and highly effective at supplying our bodies with much-needed vitamins and minerals.

5. Body Work

A strong body is a resistant body! Physical therapy and massage therapy are two wonderful ways to get your body feeling good. As a chiropractor, I can tell you that chiropractic care is a great way to bolster your immune system. A significant amount of evidenced based research suggests that chiropractic adjustments may lead to a boost in antibodies that are linked to the immune response. Additionally, spinal manipulation may enable the increase of the creation of tiny cells called leukocytes which support the white blood cells in fighting off a threat.

Additionally, when your body feels good, you're more likely to get out and exercise, and thus the healthy cycle continues!

So there you have it. Fan those little embers and your immune system will become the bonfire that snuffs out Coronavirus! These are five things under your control that will help you battle Coronavirus (and all the other bugs out there, too)!

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