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Your Fall/Winter Sickness Began Last Weekend – Prevention Tips

For many, this week marks the beginning of the downturn of their seasonal allergies, sicknesses, and flu-like symptoms. Coincidental? I think not.IMG_3909 (1)

A few days ago many of us were busy trick-or-treating with our kids, loading up on candy and partaking in other gluttonous behaviors. This tends to be the time when many people begin eating more ‘heavy’ and unhealthy foods while drinking an increased amount of adult beverages due to all the holidays and sporting events over the next couple of months. 

This also becomes the time when the cold starts to come in, so more people tend to be staying indoors and not getting their regular workouts in. When people are indoors more, their vitamin D levels begin to sink, which is dangerous because strong vitamin D levels are linked to a healthy immune system. 

Along with the cold weather and less exercise comes the ‘busy’ season for many people, and with ‘busyness’ most people become more lackadaisical about fitness.  

I see this year in, year out, but my patients that recognize the busyness and unhealthiness that often occurs from November to February tend to be proactive with those measures. 

It’s EXTREMELY important – and I cannot emphasize this enough – to be completely committed to your health over the next 4-5 months. 

Will life get busy? Yes! However, this is the time to not get slack and give up on all the hard work you have put in all year. 

FullSizeRender (6)Some of the big recommendations I have shared on my Instagram account @draustincohen are the big 5:

1) Keep working out at least 4 days a week to keep your heart rate up and not let your body weaken.

2) Make sure your body is loaded up with plenty of vitamin D – this number can easily be checked by your local lab. 

3) Keep your body aligned so it’s performing at its best and make sure not to get lazy with your chiropractor visits.

4) Stay hydrated and make sure you’re drinking plenty of water even though its not as hot outside. 

5) Add in some greens such as chlorophyll, spirulina, or a form of phytoplankton to stay up on all your greens and antioxidants. FullSizeRender (7)

These are going to be my 5 go-to’s as far as trying to avoid staying sick and taking time off over the next few months. Fortunately, over the past 8 years of following those steps I have not missed 1 day of work for any sicknesses. 

Please comment or post any tips or strategies you use to prevent getting sick during the fall/winter season. 

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