Staying healthy is on the top of everyone’s priority list these days. With all of the talk of colds, flu’s, H1N1 and stress… it’s hard to know how to take care of yourself. There are lots of magic potions, pills and promises on the market promising to keep you healthy, so how do you know what is best for you?
At Inspired Wellness we encourage simple steps and getting back to your basics. Include a diet full of lightly steamed fruits and cooked vegetables (think delicious soups!) for a variety of nutrients and antioxidant. Consider supplementing with things like Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin E all of which have a positive effect on the immune system. Exercise regularly, sleep well and always cover your neck when you go outside (in Chinese medicine we believe that sickness enters through the neck). And lastly (and maybe most importantly) get your stress levels under control!!! Chronically high stress levels cause huge issues in the immune system and will almost guarantee health problems. We obviously encourage using Acupuncture to help regulate stress levels but support you using any means that are useful to you for reducing stress such as meditation, exercise, supplements, etc.
On a personal note… everyday I am asked what I do to take care of my immune system since I see so many sick people. This is what I have found works for me and my system. First, I always cover my neck when I am outside in the cold or wind. Second, I exercise regularly, eat warm foods and I take the following supplements daily: a multi-vitamin, Fish oil, 1000mg Vit C, 50mg Zinc, B-Complex, a “stress” supplement and I usually have at least 1 EmergenC per day. I have also received the 3 immune building treatments I offer to my patients and I rely on something called Cold Snap (available at most health food stores) which I take 2 every 2 hours at the very first sign of sickness. Please remember, this is what works for me and I encourage you to talk to me or any other healthcare practitioner about what might be good for you.
Let’s finish 2009 happy and HEALTHY!