This wonderfully true statement originated with Benjamin Franklin. This seems to be the mantra for 2020 and now into 2021 with everyone clamoring to buy the best masks, hand sanitizer, soaps, wet wipes, toilet paper, and Lysol disinfecting sprays.
While we agree that prevention is far better and easier on the body than having to go ahead feel the burden of sickness and work towards healing and curing it, the CDC and all other governing bodies are missing really at least half the point of prevention.
The immune system is supposed to be our defense against illness. We were not born into a sterile world of sanitizers. We were built to encounter and fight off germs, viruses, and bacteria. The stronger your immune system is the better the chance of whatever you come in contact with not bothering you.
It’s because of this I wanted to jump in and add to your repertoire of defenses just how to get your immune system motivated to protect you.
Get plenty of rest, sunshine on your skin for a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes daily, breathe in fresh air – if your workplace requires you to wear a mask make sure you take breaks outside, so you are still getting enough oxygen, exercise on a daily basis – get your heart rate to elevate, do some strength training to keep your body strong. Eat healthy and well. Drink lots of good, filtered water and other healthy liquids like tea (non-caffeinated) and juices (with no extra sugars added).
Supplements that can boost immunity are also helpful:
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Folic Acid, Iron, Selenium, Zinc. These are best and most readily available in fresh whole foods. Steer as clear as you can from frozen, prepackaged, and processed foods as they contain far lower nutritional values.
Additionally – Lower your stress level
I know, its 2021, and your first thought was “hahahah good one!” But the truth is this has never been more important. If you have to take breaks from social media, friends, even family. You need to do it. Your mental, emotional, and physical well-being are important.
Get Adjusted Regularly and get Body Work (Massage Therapy) done regularly as well.
While these may seem like luxury budget items the truth is, they aren’t. Keeping your body running well and feeling good is no different than bringing your car into the mechanic for tune ups. You don’t expect your car to go forever if you don’t take good care of it, so stop expecting miracles from your body.
Take Benjamin Franklin’s wise words to heart. If you are in the Fort Myers, Florida area we would love to see you in our office! www.KasterChiropractic.com 239-332-2555. Give us a call and make your appointment for an adjustment and/or a massage today.