It’s that time of year, the winter months heading towards the Christmas break
Where changes in weather and stressful days to finish end-of-the-year projects, reports, final exams take its toll on our immune system and we get ill.
The rush and panic before Christmas spikes a stress hormone in the body and "the increased cortisol level induces likelihood of infection during the holidays," said Dr. Robert Hasty, assistant professor of internal medicine at Nova Southeastern University's medical school.
Cortisol is a natural hormone that responds to stress, lowering immunity and making you more susceptible to infections.
Are you suffering from any of the below:
• Acute bronchitis
• Infected ingrown toenail
• Sore throat
• Cold and flu like symptoms
• A scratch/cut on the skin
• Acute dermatitis
• Acute tonsillitis
• Acute sinusitis
• General aches and pains
Inflammation in the body starts rapidly and quickly becomes severe. Signs and symptoms are only present for a few days, but in some cases may persist for a few weeks.
Common treatments such as anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen or aspirin), or steroids though often useful for acute problems, interfere with the body’s own immune response and lead inevitably to other side effects.
Let’s take a more natural, holistic approach to getting you fighting fit this winter. It’s disarmingly simple and the most effective way to total wellness.
9 Ways to Reduce Inflammation Naturally:
Eat a whole foods
Whole, high fibre, plant-based foods are inherently anti-inflammatory. Foods such as tomatoes, berries, ginger, turmeric, green veg, garlic, chilli pepper.
Get an oil change
Eat healthy fats from olive oil, nuts, avocados and omega 3 fats from small fish like sardines, herring, sable, and wild salmon.
Learn to actively relax
The power of yoga, meditation, deep breathing or even taking a hot bath relaxes the whole body and lowers inflammation
Do you have food allergies or intolerances?
If you have them, find out what they are and stop eating them.
Take probiotics (“good bacteria”) daily
They help your digestion to improve the healthy bacteria in your gut which reduces inflammation. Look for those that contain 10 billion CFU of bifidobacteria species and lactobacillus species. Choose from reputable brands.
Exercise to evoke your natural anti-inflammatories
Adopt healthy habits and get some physical activity every day to keep your joints flexible and well-nourished.
Reduce the causes of inflammation
Break your bad habits. Substances like alcohol, caffeine and nicotine place a heavy burden on your system, so eliminate them or at least moderate your intake.
Regular Chiropractic adjustments
Most people see their chiropractor just for an adjustment and alignment of the body however an adjustment does much more than just help your spine align. Chiropractic care can help enhance smoother connections between the nervous and immune systems allowing them to balance which keeps the body strong through the winter months.
Get a Massage
The tensing up of your neck, shoulders, lower back, can be resolved by regular massages which will also help prevent negative stress as well as injuries.
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