Sometimes it seems impossible to avoid exposure to the common cold and the flu. Many work in office settings sitting only feet away from a coworker. Others work in retail stores coming into contact with people during a conversation or handling money at check out. People also work in healthcare and are exposed to bacteria and viruses every single day. While exposure to germs truly may be inevitable, there are a few options to give our immune system a proper boost. If we support our immune system, it will support us!
Bacteria and Viruses
Bacteria are organisms with just one cell that can only be seen under a microscope. While they get a bad rap for causing illness, they are actually essential for our digestive system. This is why you will notice that your yogurt contains live bacteria strains! Sometimes, however, they reproduce rapidly and release toxic substances within our bodies. This can cause a variety of ailments such as sore throats or Lyme’s disease. The good news? Bacterial infections can be eliminated by antibiotics!
Viruses are not organisms. They do not have cells, instead, they are made up of particles. They are similar to bacteria in which they can be seen with a microscope, but it must be a special electron microscope. Common viral infections include the common cold, flu, and chickenpox. The downfall of viruses? Since they do not have their own cell, antibiotics have no effect on them!
Some bacteria and viruses can survive on indoor surfaces for up to one week, depending on a variety of factors. Temperature, material, and moisture are three big determinates of how long these nasty germs can live. Let’s think about this for a second though.
Let’s say you work in a building on the second story. You take the steps every day, just like your other coworkers. Every day you touch the doorknob to open the door, you hold the railing as you walk upstairs, you touch another doorknob to enter the office, and finally find your desk. Before washing your hands you touch your desktop, you turn your computer on, you check your phone messages, and you grab a cup of coffee. Before your day even really beings you have come in contact with millions of germs! Inevitably you repeat this process the entire day through as you leave work, head to extracurricular activities, and head home. Those germs can enter our body and cause illness.
Nutritional Frontier (NF) ImmunoMax III
As discussed previously, our office offers supplements to our patients through a reputable and reliable company, Nutritional Frontiers (NF). NF has developed a nutritional supplement that combines researched ingredients to help support immune function and reduce the duration of the common cold and the flu.
ImmunoMax has many different elements within the capsule to help support the immune function within the body. Let’s discuss a few:
- Maitake D-Fraction – a highly concentrated source of Beta-1, 6-Glucans, which has been proven to stimulate the body’s first line of attack
- Olive Leaf Extract – stimulates the body’s protective cells to fight against unwanted invaders
- Beta-1, 3-Glucans – activates B-Cells and T-Cells.
- B-Cells and T-Cells are the major cellular components of the immune response
How To Take ImmunoMax III
ImmunoMax III is available in a capsule form. The capsule is vegetarian and yeast free! They are released in the small intestine for best absorption. As a dietary supplement, 2 capsules can be taken 1-2 times daily. It is advised to consult your health care provider if you have been diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder or if you are on blood-thinning medications. Of course, consult your health care provider if pregnant or nursing.
More Healthy Habits to Boost Immune System
According to Harvard Medical School, there are several suggestions to improve and boost the immune system function! A few include:
- Don’t smoke
- Eat lots of fruits and veggies
- Drink plenty of water
- Exercise daily
- Get adequate sleep
- Wash hands thoroughly and frequently
- 20 seconds per wash with warm, soapy water!
- Scrub the palms, back of hands, between fingers, under fingernails, and wrists
- Keep stress at a minimal level
Along with taking a supplement to aid in immune support, chiropractic manipulation can also help! Chiropractic manipulation eliminates interference of communication between the body and the brain. When the body is able to communicate with the brain effectively, the immune response within the body can be increased. Chiropractic manipulation can also help relieve sinus pressure, allowing the sinus pathways to drain properly and ease the symptoms of a head cold and congestion.
Miller Sports & Family Chiropractic Can Help
Want to jumpstart your immune system before the cold and flu season hits? Feeling a little under the weather and want to nip it in the bud? Contact Miller Sports & Family Chiropractic today! Through chiropractic care, healthy lifestyle guidance, and nutritional support…Dr. Miller and Dr. Murdock are ready to help you just feel better!