Feeling under the weather? Try this instead of heading to the medicine cabinet

Yes, it is freezing outside.  I feel like I’m in the movie Frozen hanging with Olaf.  There is no humidity in the air.  Your throat is a little scratchy, and dry, and you have that feeling that you are going to be sick soon.

What do you do?  So many options…

Over the counter medication?  The strong stuff?  Antibiotics?

Here are a few reasons why it might be better to try some different approaches than the status quo.

1. The reason your temperature is going up, or you are feeling sick, is because your body is having an intelligent response to a problem, like an infection.  Remember, your body isn’t stupid.

2.  If you have a fever, your temperature is raised to help your body kill bad bacteria.  Artificially lowering it can make the fever last longer, because the bacteria cannot survive at higher temps.

How high is too high?  Many people begin to worry when fevers reach 103, but the NIH states that a fever less than 107 is unlikely to cause brain damage or other problems unless accompanied by other serious symptoms.  Over 104, however, if other severe symptoms present, intervention may be required.

3. Taking even over the counter medications comes with side effects.  Yes, even tylenol.  In fact, a child taking a tylenol just once per month has been shown to increase their risk of asthma by 540%!!

The best thing to do is raise your immune system to help your body fight the problem to the best of its ability!  Here’s a few steps to making this happen and getting back on your feet in no time!

1. Hydrate your body.

2.  Support your nervous system with an adjustment.

Research shows that a spinal adjustment, which is used to realign the vertebra of the spine in persons with vertebral subluxation, or misalignments, has been shown to have a profound improved effect on the immune system.  It has been shown to improve CD4 cell counts, which play a large role in defending body against viral infections, and T-lymphocyte production, another lymphocyte for active immune response.

3.  Consume healthy, hearty whole foods, greens, and vegetables.

      I have nothing against Chicken noodle soup, but it better be homemade, with organic, free-range chicken, carrots, parsley, onion, spinach, etc.  Giving your body whole food nutrients is much more effective than taking vitamins.  For example, there is a big difference in the calcium you get from spinach from the calcium you get from vitamins, which for many cheaply produced vitamins, comes from rock.

4. Increase your Vitamin D levels.

I may be beating a dead horse, but Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins, as it is a hormone that plays a large part in immune function.  The bad:  your body synthesizes it from the sun, so, unless you are reading this near the equator, you will have to get it from another source.   Supplementing Vitamin D works well, but takes time and consistency to raise your levels to normal.  I recommend starting with 5,000 IU per day.  Wild caught salmon is also a great source of Vitamin D.

Boosting your immune system is the best way to not only fight an infection, or the flu, but to keep you from getting sick and developing disease in the first place!  Happy New Year!

Dr. Thomas has received advanced training in spinal correction protocols from top clinics around the U.S. and Canada.  As a Maximized Living Doctor, he is also certified in nutrition, exercise and detoxification.  Having lost many family members early to preventable, chronic disease, he, along with his fiance, Tristan, have opened a state of the art clinic that’s goal is to empower families and athletes to live radically healthy lives.

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Powell, OH 43065