Staying healthy during the cold, dark winter months is no easy task. We’re cooped up indoors and the bacteria and viruses seem to multiply just as fast as the snow piling up outside. We took a moment to refresh on tips for keeping ourselves and our families in tip top shape. 

  • Get adjusted. Keeping up regular chiropractic adjustments boosts your immune system and helps your body better adapt to the various stressors that come with the harsh winter months.

  • Wash your hands. This seems obvious, but we’re likely not doing it justice. Work up a good lather and take at least 30 seconds. Remember to get under your fingernails. 

  • Stay hydrated. We don’t always have the urge to quench our thirst when it’s cold, but staying hydrated helps get nutrients to our cells and rid our body of the bad stuff. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your weight in ounces each day.

  • Soak up the sunshine. Get yourself and the kids outside on those sunny days, just 10 – 15 minutes of sunshine can elevate moods and help boost vitamin D production. 

  • Practice self-care. Our immune system does not function as optimally under extreme stress. And, when we’re stressed, we don’t always chose the healthy option. Find time to recharge. We can’t take care of others if we don’t first take care of ourselves. 

  • Sleep well. Regular exercise can go a long way in improving sleep and fending off the dreaded winter weight gain. 

  • Increase herbal routines. In addition to the obvious immune boosting properties, natural supplements also help us fight infection. And, they don’t simply suppress symptoms like over the counter medications do.