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Natural treatments for the Cold Season

The cold season is upon us. Majority of colds begin in the winter months.  There are preventative ways to avoid the cold and also ways to natural treat the cold. A weakened immune system is a common way people catch the common flu. A weakened immune system can be caused by poor diet, stress, lack of sleep, over training, or food allergies. A cold can be passed by someone sneezing or coughing by you, an infected person touching your hand. If your immune system is high and you have built up antibodies, the cold will not be as severe. The following are some simple ways to ward off the cold and strengthen your immune system.

Vitamin C is the first most powerful antioxidant against the cold. There are several foods rich in Vitamin C. These include: kiwi fruits, red bell peppers, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, butternut squash, papaya, and sweet potatoes. Megadoses of Vitamin C can temporarily be helpful, but long term high doses of Vitamin C can lower your levels of copper. This can actually compromise your immune system. It is better to get your Vitamin C from food instead.

Vitamin D is a more important nutrient for fighting the cold. Vitamin D is produced in the skin in response to sun exposure. That is why here in rainy Seattle it is crucial for all of us to be supplementing Vitamin D. Vitamin D is known to have a powerful antimicrobial activity, capable of fighting bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Getting tested is the best way to know your Vitamin D levels and proper supplementation.

Supplementing with Zinc is another important nutrient for preventing and reducing the duration of the common cold with the first signs of the infection. Your body has no way to store zinc, so you get it all through your diet or supplementation. Zinc increases the production of white blood cells, and helps your body release more antibodies which help you fight the infection more effectively.

Not getting enough sleep will quickly decrease your immune function, leaving you open to cold and other viruses. Most adults need at least eight hours of sleep per night, which can be tough at times with the daily stresses.   

On a side note, chiropractic care not only helps relieve discomfort in the spine, but also aides in the immune system. The immune system is directly connected to the spine. When there is a misalignment in the spine, which creates compression of the nerve pathways, this causes stress through the entire nervous system. The result could be a decreased immune system. Chiropractic may use a variety of spinal manipulations to relieve the nerve compression and in turn boost the immune system.

As you can see, there a variety different ways to keep a healthy immune system during the flu season.

For further information on chiropractic care contact Northwest Wellness in Federal Way, WA  2539270660.