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Posted on 02-14-2017

Many local St. Louis schools are shutting down for a few days because of how many students are ill. In winter, viruses and bacteria abound like snowflakes. Work and school environments test our immune systems. And exercise likely takes a backseat when icicles are in view. But don't despair. You and your family can hang onto good health in spite of the challenges. Here's how:

Wash Up:
Preempt viruses and bacteria by frequently washing your hands—and teach your kids to do the same.

Change Your Toothbrush:
"Use a new toothbrush after you've had a cold, the flu, a mouth infection, or sore throat.

Stay in the Light:
Six out of every 100 Americans may suffer from seasonal affective disorder, a malady of mood swings that occurs when light diminishes in winter, per the Academy of Family Physicians. To keep your kids upbeat, help them get off the couch and outside whenever there is a sunny day. About 10 to 15 minutes of play in the sun is a good mood-lifter (and source of D).

Stay Hydrated:
You may not feel as thirsty in cold weather, according to a University of New Hampshire study. But that can up your risk for dehydration. Allowing your body to become dehydrated can leave you more vulnerable to getting sick.

Fill up on Fiber:
A 2010 study at the University of Illinois found that the fiber in foods like oats, apples, and nuts helps reduce inflammation and strengthens the immune system by increasing anti-inflammatory proteins. The suggested daily fiber intake for an adult woman and children ages 4 to 8 is 25 grams a day. An apple has 3.5 grams of fiber.

Eat Mushrooms: 
A 2009 study at Tufts University found that after a 10-week diet of powdered white button mushrooms—the most common kind—certain immune cells in mice became more active, boosting protection against colds and viruses.

Rinse Your Nose:
Although nasal irrigation sounds gross, studies have shown that those who rinsed their nasal passages every day for six months had fewer symptoms from allergies and sinus infections—and cut back on antibiotics and nasal sprays. Try rinsing with a Neti pot or a nose dropper, using a saline solution of 1 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon soda. Pour or squirt some of the mixture in one nostril, while holding the other nostril shut. Repeat on the other side and blow your now healthier nose. Older children can be taught to use a Neti pot, too, but ask your pediatrician before starting the therapy.

Get Adjusted:
Yea, we said it! Come on in and let your body naturally heal itself by being aligned and at it’s optimal health. Chiropractic adjustments are a great source of preventative care. So while your contemplating ways to boost your immune, give us a call at 314-678-9355 to see how chiropractic care can help you! Dr. Vidan is named as one of the best Chiropractors in Missouri helping the St. Louis Cardinals with their 2011 World Series! 

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