I Got Knocked out!
Yup, that is me laying on the ground…not really. But that is certainly how I felt after my last battle with a bad cold. I typically don’t get sick very often, but this time I was down for the count. There are many things you can do to avoid getting sick, here are a few of the things I do:
1) Wash my hands. Many people are totally into the hand sanitizer movement. I like to think of it like this, if you smear poop all over your hands, and then use hand sanitizer, are your hands clean? Or, would you prefer to wash them? LOL. Realize that if you sanitize poop, it is still poop. And in a few hours, the bacteria will start growing on the poop again. My recommendation, wash your hands.
2) Sleep. The last few times I have been sick, I have been really run down with lack of sleep. With two little kids waking up in the night, it is no surprise. However, I have found that sleep is a major factor for me and my immune function. Everyone is different, but lack of sleep wrecks me. Most adults need 7-9 hours per day.
3) Nutrition. I personally supplement with D3, Vit. C, drink greens daily, and try to eat as healthy as possible. I also take glucosamine to prevent joint cartilage destruction, and an anti aging product called “new you” (IT Works product) which helps your body metabolize growth hormone.
4) Sunlight. Natural vitamin D is best. I like to sit outside in the sun whenever I can. The skin cancer danger is in getting sunburnt. Try to limit exposure without the need for sunscreen, as it can block the vit. D and in some cases the chemicals are horrible. Spending time in the sun without getting burnt is the best way to boost your vitamin D.
5) Get adjusted. Regular adjustments can boost your immune system, increase blood flow, increase range of motion by decreasing muscle tightness, and help overall body function.
6) Massage. Massage helps relax muscles and increase mobility, as well as increase circulation and lymph flow. The lymph system is how your white blood cells travel throughout the body.
There are a multitude of things you can do to try and boost your system so you don’t get sick. These are just a few of the things that I personally do to help. Stay healthy my friends!
Dr. Michael Kwast, DC, CSCS is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of the book, 7 Beliefs Destroying Your Health. The iChiro team has been voted the “Best of Grand Rapids“, three years in a row. They have also been awarded the Better Business Bureau of West Michigan’s Trust Award for Ethics, and the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce EPIC award for Small Business of the Year 2016