Get Lots of Vitamin D
During the warmer months of the year, we are typically out in the sun a fair amount more than during the winter. Our bodies are designed to get the vitamin D that we need by producing it when our bare skin is exposed to sunlight (how cool is that!). However, during the winter months we tend to be outside a bit less, and when we are outside we’re typically more covered up – meaning that, simply by circumstance, we tend to get less of this vital nutrient in our bodies.
So, why is vitamin D so important? Well, to start with, our bodies need vitamin D to absorb calcium, which is part of what makes our teeth and bones so strong and healthy. Plus, vitamin D also boosts our immune systems to help keep us healthy all year long. So, on all the freezing mornings to come, we know that going outside to get a little sun may not be top on your priority list – thankfully, though, there are other ways of getting vitamin D to keep your body going until the sun comes out to thaw us in the spring. Fatty fish – like tuna and salmon, eggs (specifically the yolks), and many dairy products are all great dietary sources of vitamin D.
Vitamin C Is Also Important for a Healthy Body
Free radicals are cells that move around the body with the ability to mutate into something dangerous. To combat these cells, we need to put a lot of antioxidants into our bodies. That is where vitamin C comes in. It is a powerful antioxidant that we often naturally get through foods. Since our bodies are more prone to illness during the cooped-up winter months, it is always good to have vitamin C running through our veins. Should we get sick during the winter, vitamin C can cut down how long we remain sick. This vitamin can be found in all sorts of tasty treats, like citrus fruits, strawberries, and pineapple, just to name a few!
Boosting the Immune System Naturally
Getting a massage or alignment is a FANTASTIC way to supplement your health during the wintertime, too. The immune system is the body’s army, and is set up to fight off any invader. To do that effectively, it relies on the ability to send messages anywhere in the body at a moment’s notice. Without that ability, the body is much more likely to struggle whenever a foreign body, in this case, a virus or other type of infection, enters its space.
By getting a chiropractic alignment, those messages are able to get through as they were meant to. The nervous system is what passes along those messages. Any time there is a kink in those message tubes, the messages can be delayed or get lost completely. This is when the flu becomes so dangerous. In terms of boosting the immune system, chiropractic care is one of the best supplements you can get.
If you want to figure out the best way of getting through the winter with the fewest health issues, then you need to come in and speak with us here at Fletcher Chiropractic. Not only can we help with an alignment of your body, but we can also speak with you about holistic options to help you stay healthy, nutritional ways of achieving your health goals, and your specific nutritional and supplemental needs. Call us today to set up a time to come in and talk!