As 2019 draws to a close, the cold and flu season is just ramping up. From calling in sick to work to missing quality time with family and friends, feeling under the weather wreaks havoc on your daily life.
The best way to avoid falling prone to the inevitable changing of the seasons is to fuel your body with proper nutrients. There are many Naturopathic diet, lifestyle, and supplementation tips that can help you avoid catching the common cold or flu. Here are some of the top tips from your favorite naturopathic doctor in San Diego to support your immune system naturally during the winter season:
- Get Adequate Sleep. Sleep plays an important role in the function of your immune system. Without sufficient sleep, your body makes fewer cytokines, a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation, effectively creating an immune response. Cytokines are both produced and released during sleep, allowing illness to settle in without a proper night’s rest. Be sure to get 7-9 hours of sleep during cold and flu season.
- Check Nutrient Levels. One of the easiest ways to put oneself at risk for developing an illness is to lack key nutrients that help support the immune system. A nutrient deficiency occurs when the body doesn’t absorb or get from food the necessary amount of a nutrient. Deficiencies can lead to a variety of health problems and illnesses. At Spark Health, we test your individual nutrient levels to develop a highly specialized treatment plan to ensure you are getting the necessary nutrients needed to keep you at peak level.
- Receive IV Therapy and Vitamin Injections. IVs and vitamin injections are a great way to get high doses of vitamins and minerals that bypass the gastrointestinal system for one hundred percent absorption. As Spark Health, our immune IV contains high doses of vitamin C, B vitamins, electrolytes, and amino acids. This customized IV is administered to help support your immune system and can be used preventatively or when you are feeling sick to reduce the length of a cold.
- Adjust Your Diet. As a general rule of thumb, you want to reduce the consumption of processed foods, sugar, dairy, gluten, and alcohol to protect the body from unnecessary inflammation. Diets rich in colorful fruits and vegetables have been proven to help support the immune system and prevent disease. Additionally, bone broth and collagen protein are not only nutrient dense but help to support your gut health as well.
Spark Health is conveniently located so we can serve patients in San Diego, and all of North County such as Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Escondido, San Marcos, and Poway. We look forward to being a part of your journey back to health. www.MySparkHealth.com