Nutrition: Boosting Your Immune System

Having a strong immune system is something you can achieve through a combination of chiropractic care and nutritional counseling. At Optimum Health Chiropractic Center, in Portage, we care about keeping you healthy all year long, but especially through the Michigan winter cold and flu season. The good news is that certain foods can help boost your immune system and remain healthy.


Diet And Exercise

Diet and exercise go a long way in keeping your immune system as healthy as possible during cold and flu season. The fall season is the best time to get fresh fruits and vegetables, which should be incorporated into all of your meals and snacks. It is also important to keep your gut healthy, which you can do by eating foods high in probiotics. There are fermented foods that also contribute to gut health, such as sauerkraut that hasn't been pasteurized.

One way to maintain a healthy diet is to avoid consuming processed foods. You can do this by substituting those foods with sweet potatoes, salmon, leafy dark green vegetables, and even berries. These foods make your immune system stronger and lessen your chances of suffering from a cold or the flu. Bone broth-based soups are also a good choice for their nutritional value and effect on your immune system.

If you can exercise outside, you are giving yourself the added benefit of extra exposure to Vitamin D. When winter begins and there is less daylight, your vitamin D may need to come from a supplement. At the same time, while you are exercising, whether it is inside or outside, you're creating a rush of endorphins to your brain. You will not only strengthen your immune system but keep your muscle mass steady as well.

Alignments By Our Chiropractor

Another way to boost your immune system is through chiropractic care. Perfectly aligned vertebrae will allow the immune system to function well. If your vertebrae become misaligned, our chiropractor will make the adjustments for you. Improper alignment can prevent the nerves in your body from being able to communicate with your brain. This makes you more susceptible to not only injuries but illnesses as well.

Contact Optimum Health Chiropractic Center

To prepare your body for cold and flu season, be sure to schedule an appointment with Optimum Health Chiropractic Center, in Portage MI. We will perform a thorough examination and determine if chiropractic care is right for you. Our staff is always prepared to answer all of your questions about the relationship between nutrition and a healthy immune system. Call us today at 269-344-4057 to learn more.


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