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Chiropractic Tip of the Month: Outsmart the Flu and Colds
Cold and flu viruses can live longer in cold and dry conditions and are more easily passed around during the winter months. Ensuring a healthy immune system is your best defence.
  • Be happy! Research shows that people with high positive emotion scores produce a protein, called cytokine, that boosts other immune cells in fighting off infections.


  • People who exercise frequently and regularly don’t get sick nearly as often as those who are less active. Exercise seems to increase your body’s production of immune cells.


  • The probiotics found in yoghurt and in capsule form may promote a healthier immune system and result in fewer sick days.


  • Regularly eating brightly coloured fruits and vegetables can really boost immunity.


  • Ginseng has been shown to help prevent colds if taken when symptoms first appear.


  • Spirulina, a type of blue-green algae, available from your health food store, practitioner or pharmacy, is thought to reduce cold and flu risk by strengthening immune defences.


  • Receiving adequate vitamin D is related to fewer incidents of respiratory infections.


  • Taking Vitamin C may shorten the duration of cold and flu related symptoms.


  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and be aware that antibacterial hand washes may make it easier for bacteria to build resistance.


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