Spring officially rolled in last week. Yesss! No more cold wintery days, or rather no more cold-to-warm flip flop weather we had this past winter in North Florida. With that we can say goodbye to the flu season, and a great big HELLO to Spring allergies! The days are longer, and warmer but the air is thick with pollen. So many people suffer from Spring allergies with a constant runny nose, itchy watery eyes, sneezing, congestion, vertigo, difficulty sleeping and fatigue. Boosting your immune system now will help to greatly decrease these symptoms so you can get outside and enjoy the best time of year. Follow these steps to supercharge your immune system to keep your body in its best shape, fight off illness and improve your overall health and wellbeing.
8 Ways to Supercharge Your Immune System
Good bacteria, such as probiotics, are necessary for a healthy digestive system and as a result, overall immune function. When you take antibiotics to kill bad bacteria in your body, you are also killing the good bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium along with it. When this happens, the body can become out of balance and result in chronic stomach pain. Taking a probiotic supplement or drinking liquids with probiotics in it such as kefir and kombucha can help keep your digestive function inline and improve your body’s food absorption.
Lemon and Peppermint oil
Both of these oils have detoxifying and healing properties for the body. Part of a strong immune system is cleansing and ridding the body of toxins. By adding a few drops of lemon oil to your water every day, the oil will help clean the blood and toxic buildup in your body. Peppermint oil is known for its healing properties for headaches, indigestion and a large variety of stomach ailments. Add peppermint oil or peppermint tea to your daily routine to aid digestion and help reduce cravings of sugary foods.
Emotional stress can cause a number of physical problems like insomnia, stomach pain and headaches. Because of this, the body can become very sick from chronic stress. Ways to reduce stress include exercise, meditation, massage therapy, yoga and deep breathing exercises.
Acupuncture has been shown to increase the white blood cell count in the body and stimulate the immune system. By placing acupuncture needles in specific points of the body, acupuncture works by bringing the body back to balance and increasing blood and energy flow. Acupuncture treatments can provide immediate relief of all your allergy symptoms in just one session! Read more on the benefits of acupuncture here.
Infrared Sauna Treatments Infrared Saunas use infrared wavelengths that penetrate the skin’s surface 6-8″ to more effectively allow the Kidneys and Liver detox at an accelerated rate. Thus allowing for quicker healing from: allergies, common cold, flu, marathon recovery, and even chemotherapy side effects. Read more on the benefits of infrared sauna therapy here.
Echinacea is an effective natural herb for preventing illness. The herb has been shown to increase the body’s white blood cell count, boosting the immune system. You can find this flowering plant at most stores in liquid or pill form.
Exercise is good for the body and mind in just about every way, one of them being immune health. Moderate exercise promotes circulation and blood flow, which keeps the body’s cells moving and working. Try adding just 20 minutes of exercise to your daily routine, whether it is walking, yoga or jogging.
Your immune system is the most important part of your body when it comes to staying healthy and fighting off disease and illness. It works by detecting harmful pathogens and viruses and protecting your body against them. When your immune system is not running properly, the body becomes more susceptible to illness.
Call (904) 448-0046 now to see how Health Pointe Jacksonville Acupuncture and Wellness clinic can help you feel better now!