In these concerning times we have been getting a lot of questions about how to stay healthy and what is safe to do. The best way to deal with any lurking sickness around us is to keep our immune systems as strong as possible. Here are a few tips on how to do that.

By now you would have to be living under a rock to not have heard about washing your hands A LOT. Also even little kids are taught now days to cover your coughs or sneezes into your elbow and not into your hands so that you do not spread your germs around.

However what else is there? Here are 6 ideas:

1. Take your vitamins. Most of us know that vitamin C is good for colds and flus. Your immune system needs Vitamin C and zinc in order to work at high efficiency. But many other vitamins and minerals are needed for optimum health. So taking a daily high quality multivitamin with minerals covers most of your bases.

2. Our bodies also need vitamin D for putting up a good defense. While there is some in your multi, most of us living in New England need more in the winter months. Getting outside in the sunshine helps because your body makes a certain amount of D from sun on your skin.

So, if you are stuck at home with the kids right now, on the nice days, get outside. Walk the dog or play with your pooch in the yard. Or maybe start your yard clean up, picking up the sticks.

Remember, when taking extra Vitamin D, buy a brand that has vitamin K2 with it so that calcium goes into your bones and not into your arteries or ligaments and tendons. We only sell D with K2 at the office because of this concern.

3. Hydrate. If you are not drinking enough water, your blood becomes thicker making it harder for your white blood cells that kill germs to swim to where the germs are to eliminate them. Optimum hydration is taking your body weight, for example 160 lbs. and dividing that by half = 80. Then drinking 80 ounces of water a day.

Coffee, and alcoholic drinks and beer do not count because they dehydrate you.

4. Get extra rest. The more tired you are, the less energy your immune system has available to fight any germs. Especially if you feel you are fighting something off, do only the absolute necessary work then go to bed as early as possible. If you usually have difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, we have some new supplements at the office that may help.

5. Avoid sugar. Eating a lot of sugary foods weakens the immune system. This is why there  colds and flus increase after Halloween, Thanksgiving and the end of year holidays when people consume more sugary foods.

6. Get regular chiropractic care. It has been observed for a century that people getting chiropractic care become healthier. Recent research shows that chiropractic adjustments,  raise the blood markers for increased immunity.

I hope that these reminders help you feel a little more in control of your and your family’s health.