Your immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to defend against germs. If your immune system cannot do its job, the results can be serious.
Disorders of the immune system include:
Allergy and asthma
Immune deficiency diseases
Autoimmune diseases – arthritis
Inflammatory bowel disease
Type 1 diabetes
Maintaining your overall health and well-being and having a strong immune system includes a combination of conventional medicine, complementary and alternative care and lifestyle choices.
An integrated approach has been proven to have a positive impact on our physical, mental and emotional health.
Here are a few ways to focus on your health:
• Diet– Diet rich in fruits, vegetables, Stay away from processed foods.Try steaming, grilling or sautéing instead of frying foods.
• Exercise-Keep moving. Aim for 30 minutes a day. Go for a walk, run, swim, gardening, cycling. Increasing the heart rate beyond resting levels.
• Mindfulness/Meditation – Take time for yourself. Find a quiet place, take long deep breaths and focus on yourself.
•Yoga, Tai-Chi, Qui-Gong – Try these slow meditative exercises that help improve coordination, mobility, flexibility, memory and overall health.
• Positive Affirmations – Start your day with positive immune boosting affirmations to have a positive and healthy day. Repeat “I am grateful for this beautiful day. I am healthy. My immune system is strong. I am feeling positive, healthy and strong today, I will have a successful bright day.”
• Creative Therapies-Do what makes you happy! Music, paint, dance or write.This boosts your mood and releases endorphins.
• Vitamins/Supplements – Vitamins are a group of substances that are needed for normal cell function, growth, and development. They help shore up bones, heal wounds, and bolster your immune system. They also convert food into energy, and repair cellular damage.
• Acupuncture – Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of “yin” and “yang” of the life force known as “qi.” Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces. An acupuncurist will insert needles into a person’s body with the aim of balancing their energy.
• Chiropractic care – When two or more vertebrae aren’t functioning together properly, it is what many chiropractors refer to as a subluxation or a misalignment. These subluxations can cause pain, discomfort, decreased mobility, or many other symptoms and conditions. With regular adjustments, chiropractic offers a host of preventative health benefits, and is vital for keeping your body balanced, flexible and functioning at its best
• Adequate rest – To gain productivity, concentration, focus, lower your risk of chronic disease, weight gain, stress and more, adequate sleep for adults is between 7 and 9 hours a night.