When you think about going to see a chiropractor, I imagine that you think about the chiropractor helping you strengthen your back. You probably don’t expect them to give you tips on living a healthy lifestyle, but you’d be so wrong. Spinal doctors want to help you achieve optimum health, especially during a “sick season” such as this.

Seeing a chiropractor regularly helps keep your body in proper function by allowing your body to work correctly, thus boosting your immune system. Taking care of your body can be easy and beneficial, and during this global pandemic, we wanted to take the time to remind you of ways to prioritize your health and help prevent illness.

1. Prevent Illness by Eating Healthy

It is so easy to eat healthy during the holiday season, right? Wrong. We understand that eating healthy during the holiday season can be difficult, but if you focus on the meals you can control, you will set yourself up for success.

You might be wondering what we mean by meals you can control. Focus on the meals you plan, not the meals that are served to you at an event. We want you to prioritize eating REAL food for every meal you prepare. We mean fresh meat and vegetables—not frozen, processed food, or pre-packaged food when we say real food. If you are continually eating junk, you will feel like junk. Real food is hearty and will fill you up faster, not to mention; it is packed full of natural vitamins and minerals that keep your body functioning properly. All of these benefits of eating real food help a chiropractor’s primary purpose, helping you stay as healthy and whole as possible.

2. Stay Hydrated

Making sure that you are drinking enough water is one of the best things that you can do for your body. Everyone seems to know this, but not many follow through with it. We want to encourage you to set a daily goal for water intake and push yourself to complete it. We promise, you won’t regret it.

As you start drinking water, you will notice incredible benefits. For example, you will notice that you are less hungry. Proper water intake is sure to make your skin become clear, it will help you to experience fewer headaches, and your digestive system is guaranteed to improve. As a guide, you should be drinking half your weight in ounces daily. For example, if you weigh 200 lbs, you should be drinking 100 ounces a day. That may sound like a ton, but the more water you drink, the more your body will crave it, and the easier it will get.

If you have not made drinking water a priority previously, you may find the transition to be complicated. If that is the case, try adding flavor to your water. We love adding lemon juice, cucumber slices, strawberry slices, or fresh mint to help make your water taste better.

3. For Optimum Health, Get a Little Exercise Every Day

Did you know that exercise helps boost your immune system? It is true! Exercise raises your heart rate, thus getting your blood pumping. This circulation helps to improve muscle function and boost your immune system in the process. Exercise also improves mobility and diminishes pain, all of which are the ultimate goals of chiropractor care.

Exercise is such a great way to enhance your life, and if you do it right, it can be a lot of fun. You don’t have to go to the gym, simply go on a walk, or doing some exercise while watching TV. Any activity will help keep you healthy and strong. We want to encourage you to not underestimate the power exercise has on keeping you healthy.

4. Stay Healthy by Getting Enough Sleep

Getting good sleep is the most underrated keys to good health. As we get older, sleep seems harder to prioritize, but your body needs sleep to rejuvenate and heal. Did you know that the discs in your spine rehydrate at night? It is true. Another neat fact is that allowing your body to rest and relaxes, you are thus less susceptible to stress.

On average, adults need anywhere from 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night to reap the benefits. Getting enough sleep is crucial to staying healthy during cold and flu season because when you sleep, your body can repair your muscles, strengthen your heart, and blood vessels as well. We suggest creating a schedule and sticking to it. Set an alarm on your phone for the same time every night to remind you to start taking the steps towards getting ready for a good night sleep.

5. Seek Chiropractic Care to Boost Your Immune System

Every nerve in your body has a specific job to send energy to every cell, organ, and tissue. If your nerves are compressed due to your spine being out of alignment, the energy from that nerve may not be able to reach its destination. Because of that, it is so important that you take time to visit a chiropractor means that your spine can be properly aligned so that you are able to help your body function as it is meant to, eliminate pain, increase flexibility, improve focus, and bring a ton of other benefits to your body and mind.

If you would like to learn more about your immune system and chiropractic care, visit our Be Well Blog for more information. Just remember, at Dr. Andreas, your health is our top priority. Our goal is to make sure your nervous system is functioning to the fullest ability so your body can combat bacteria and viruses to keep you healthy all season long.

At Dr. Andrea’s we want you to keep in mind that the human body is incredible. Your body has the potential to heal itself and fight off illness, infection, and disease. You do not need drugs or fancy products to stay healthy. All you need to do is take care of your body with real foods, exercise, sleep, and proper care. Please know, at Dr. Andrea’s, we can help you stay healthy during this sick season and all year long. We have your best interest in mind. You are welcome to visit our site or call us at 918-364-2225 to arrange an appointment.