Every year, when kids start back to school after the summer, there is a sharp increase in colds and other virally transmitted diseases. It happens every year. Kids and teachers have been spending the summer apart and when everyone get back to school, viruses spread between kids who then bring them home to parents, who bring them to work and share with coworkers. Normally, most people are not too concerned about this. It’s usually just a cold!
Well, this year is different and it’s more important than ever to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. The key is to make sure that you and your kids and grandkids have a healthy strong immune system to fight off potential viral attacks.
- Eat healthy foods. Especially avoid sugars. (If you have elevated blood sugars you are twice as likely to die from covid-19).
- Get enough sleep: If you are sleep deprived you are more vulnerable to getting sick. Make sure kids get 10-12 hours of sleep per night and adults 7-8 hours.
- Avoid stress: People often get sick after going through severe stress, because stress lowers you immune function. Remember that what’s stressful for you may be very different than what’s stressful for a child.
- Make sure to take a daily multivitamin and extra supplements that are proven immune enhancers: Vitamins C, D, A, and Zinc are the main ones! Herbs like garlic, eccenecia, and golden seal are also strong immune supporters. Hopefully your kids have spent time playing in the sun, which naturally increases Vitamin D levels! (Covid-19 research shows a strong correlation between suboptimal Vitamin D levels and increased death rates from Covid-19).
- Of course regular hand washing, social distancing and avoiding touching your face are very important and should be lessons to continue in the future.
- Take a good probiotic- most of your immune function actually happens in your gut!
- Don’t be that person that goes to work no matter what! Stay home if you are sick!
And of course make sure you and your family get regular chiropractic care. Your nervous system controls and regulates the immune system and all other body systems. The more optimally your nervous system can operate without subluxations in your spine, the healthier you will be!
Stay safe, stay healthy!
By Barbro Brost D.C The Brost Clinic, Wayzata