Autumn is upon us!  A time to take in the cooler mornings, notice the color changes in nature and most importantly to prepare for the winter ahead. If you are prone to coughs, colds, asthma, poor circulation, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sore throats, painful joints, norovirus (stomach bug), dry skin and influenza, then now is the time to build up your immune system so that you minimize these Top 10 Winter Ailments.

Road in the autumn forest

Dr. Andrew Arnold adds, ‘begin by eating and drinking more foods that help our immune system like garlic, onions, herbs and spices, citrus fruit, berries, carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, kiwi fruit, yogurt, mushrooms, broccoli, bell peppers, fish and Green tea.’ These can be added to casseroles and slow cooked meals, breakfasts, snacks, and lunches so it is really easy to do.

Remember to stay hydrated.  This is easy to let slip in the cooler months as we don’t have a strong thirst as we do in the summer heat.  We forget that central heating and multiple layers of clothing can have a drying effect on our skin so keep up the water by adding some lime, lemon or grapefruit slices to it or use herbal teas like Green, peppermint, ginger, ginseng, and chamomile – all have wonderful immune boosting properties.

Staying warm is really important if circulation and joints are affected by the cold.  The layering of thinner clothes which hug the skin works better than thick items as it retains more of your body heat and can be removed easily if you are in and out of heated environments.  Sore joints can be helped with heat bags, natural anti-inflammatory creams like Traumeel or mineral-rich magnesium oil, essential oils like rosemary, lavender, and ginger oil massaged in, gentle movements and warm baths and showers.

Supplements like Echinacea, Astragalus, zinc, Vitamin A, C, D, and E are all very important in the winter months and can help not only prevent illnesses but also lessen the severity and duration if you do get sick.

If you need more help with your immune needs, book an appointment with one of our Cranbourne chiropractors at 59984554 so you can get started on your winter prevention program and hopefully avoid some of these ailments.

About the Author:

Dr. Andrew Arnold is a Chiropractor at Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Ctr.

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