Six Easy Ways to Boost Your Immunity

If ever there was a time to become aware of ways to build up your immune system, that time is now. And it may be easier than you think. You may be doing some of these things already. But combined, these immune building superpowers can help to keep you healthy during these challenging times. Let’s look at six of them.

1. Eat an antioxidant-rich diet. Antioxidants come in many forms, and their main job is to balance the body from the effects of stress. When the body is stressed, free radicals form and cause oxidation. Choosing the right foods is one simple way to keep the body protected from the damaging effects of oxidation. Think richly colorful. Fruits like cherries, berries, apples, and tangerines. Vegetables like broccoli, kale, yams, and squash. If they aren’t plentiful fresh, frozen is just fine. Find interesting ways to fix them to your liking.

2. Take whole-food supplements. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can occur even in the best diet. The amount of nutrients you get from your food often depends upon the health of the soil the food is grown in, the variety in foods in your diet, and even your own digestive system. And finding the right supplements that your particular body needs can have its own challenges. At Thorburn Chiropractic & Wellness Center, we carry Standard Process, an organic nutrient line available only through doctors. Call us and come in for a free evaluation

3. Practice gratitude. It may sound simplistic but keeping a gratitude list can just be the boost you need. Studies have proven that grateful people are happy people. Start with five a day. Before you know it, you will have a long list of all the good and positive things in your life.

4. Work on de-stressing. We all have stresses — especially right now. Worry, however, will not make them go away. Focus on what part of the problem you can control. Take one step at a time to overcome some part or the whole of a problem. Take advantage of the time to do things that have been on your ‘round to it’ list for a long time. Linger in a hot tub or shower. Take a nap. Brew up some herbal tea and read a good book.

5. Focus on relationships. Assess what people are important in your life and reconnect with them. Call your friends and family. This is a great time to take advantage of technology like Skype and FaceTime to do some video calls. It’s easier than you might think. Remember a favorite aunt’s birthday. Call your nephew for no reason. You might just reach out and make someone’s day. And that someone might be you!

6. Find balance. Perhaps this is not the easiest time to find balance. But try looking at the positive aspects of being at home and take on some activities you’ve been meaning to do for a long time. Clean out a closet and donate some clothes to a homeless shelter. Go through your pantry and eliminate expired foods. Pick up a craft you loved when you had more time but put away on a shelf. Make a pot of soup from whatever you have in your fridge and pantry. Be creative. Whatever you do, enjoy the accomplishment.

Why is Dr. Charlene Thorburn so different from other Chiropractors? In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is also a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.

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