Five EASY Tips to a Healthier You {Be less Sick}

Hey there!  Let’s talk immunity.  It’s not a sexy topic.  It’s not a popular topic…especially when it comes to keeping our immune system strong.  People tend to forget about or take for granted how amazing our immune system is UNTIL it’s clearly compromised and we get sick.  The most common comments I hear from people who are sick are “ohhhh, I got this cold from my co-worker…” or “I always get sick, it’s passed on from my parents as their immune systems were always low.”  While it’s easy to blame when we get sick on other people, it’s unfortunately not a true statement.  When we get sick, it has nothing to do with bad luck, bad genes or bad germs.  However, it does have everything to do with our lifestyle choices.   There are germs literally everywhere at all times (not to gross you out) so WHY is it that we aren’t ALWAYS sick?  It’s because there are times in our lives that we are making better choices than other times (or in other words, there are times our immune system is responding better than others) .  Most people will tend to get sick in the winter months.  It’s not because there are an abundance of extra germs out there in February that suddenly decide to come out and play.  There are a number of causes to this phenomenon.  Let’s start first by stating the obvious.  I live in Canada, about an hour north of Toronto.  And it’s ridiculously cold here during the winter months. With that massive shift in temperatures, I notice a few things amongst the general population of people I get to work with daily in my practice.

  • people are more sedentary and do not exercise as much in the colder months
  • people get less exposure to sunlight thus less vitamin D {for two reasons…firstly, there literally IS less daylight hours and secondly, people do not venture outside nearly as much as they do in the summer}
  • people eat more “comfort foods”, which tends to lend to more processed and carb laden foods, and less fresh foods

There are a few other things here and there but I would say that those are the top three reasons that individuals tend to be more likely to get sick in the colder months.  Combine that with other unhealthy habits and it’s a recipe for colds, flu, and XYZ infection.

But I am here to help YOU keep and stay healthy this year.  I am going to give you five easy tips that you can follow.  These will significantly increase your chances of staying healthier over the winter months.

  1.  Get adjusted by a Chiropractor.  Wait, what?  Hold the phone.  What does a Chiropractor have to do with keeping me healthy.  In a nutshell: Chiropractors ensure your nervous system is working properly.  Your nervous system controls every single part of your body including your immune system.  Your immune system is what keeps you from getting sick.  
  2. Improve your gut health.  Did you know that your gut has 10x more bacteria than your entire body has cells?  Think about that for a moment – you are more bacterial than you are cellular.  Your gut comprises over 75% of your immune system so if you don’t eat a healthy diet, you’re directly impacting how well your immune system works.  I can tell you to stop eating processed foods but you already know this.  I am definitely going to tell you to reduce the wheat and other inflammatory grains in your diet. If you really want to get some amazing actionable steps on how to improve your gut health, go to www.chriskresser.com and download his Gut Health ebook.  He talks about the benefits of fermented foods and he’s really REALLY smart when it comes to this stuff.
  3. Use Essential Oils.  Exceptional quality ones like doTERRA.  There are so many different essential oils out there that can support your immunity and give you that extra support when you need it.  I diffuse them into the rooms we frequent and I massage them topically into my skin {and my kids’ skin too!} so that we’ve got an all-natural, non-toxic and EFFECTIVE way to keep our bodies protected.  Request a sample of doTERRA essential oils or learn how to order HERE
  4. Get active.  I can hear the excuses rumbling already….”I don’t have the time.” It can take as little as twenty minutes a day.  Everyone has twenty minutes a day.   “I don’t like exercise.” Too bad.  Suck it up.  You’re an adult and adults have to exercise.  Period.   “It’s too expensive to join a gym.”  You know what’s expensive?  Taking a day or a week off work or away from your family because you can hardly get out of bed.  But here’s the best part….you don’t need a gym!  You can get a workout in your own home.  You can walk around your neighbourhood.  I used to put a lot more emphasis on the type of activity people got.  I believe strongly that more emphasis should be put on building strength than on cardio {and I still believe that 100%}.  But here’s the thing…any activity is good activity if you’re not doing anything right now.  Just get up and get moving.
  5. Get Rest.  Not everyone needs the same amount of sleep a night.  Some people do well on 7 hours, some people do well on 9.  The point though is to make sure you get rest.  Your body heals when you sleep.  Think about it…when you’re sick, your body naturally wants to sleep more.  It innately knows that it needs to rest and so you do just that.  Why would you think when you’re healthy that you don’t need sleep?  Shut off your computer.  Turn off the TV.  Put down the book.

There you go.  Five easy tips that anyone can implement into their life today.  And while tips are great, they are nothing without action.  Just knowing them isn’t enough.  You actually have to implement these into your life.  🙂  Here’s to a healthier YOU this year.

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