How to Boost Your Immune System Against Illnesses Like Coronavirus

We’re hearing your concern about coronavirus and wanted to let you know…
WE’RE HERE FOR YOU!

We fully expect to stay open and allow our patients to stay on their current recommended treatment plan. Our message about obtaining maintaining your overall health and well-being hasn’t changed and it’s even more important now.

Rest assured that we always practice the highest standards for hygiene and cleanliness.

Here are a few reminders about how to boost your immune system as this novel virus spreads throughout our area.

  • Chiropractic Adjustments are proven to improve and enhance all your body’s systems, including your immune system. We fully expect to stay open to help keep you on your current treatment plan.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to clean between your fingers and under your fingernails. It’s the best defense we have against this virus.
  • Remember to eat whole, nutrient-dense foods. Fruits and vegetables are packed with the vitamins and minerals we need to support immune health. It's best to gain as much nutrition as you can from whole foods (ask us about our garden tower!). In the office, we have supplements and essential oils to give you that extra boost.
    • Juice Plus+ (Clinically Proven, Whole Food Based Nutritional Supplement)
    • Standard Process (Strengthen your immune system w/herbal supplements)
    • doTERRA Essential Oils (aid in immune support)
  • Drink plenty of filtered water. It keeps you hydrated and removes toxins from the body.
  • Get some exercise — and some rest, too! Moderate exercise and a healthy sleep schedule are critical to ensuring your immune system is operating at peak efficiency.
  • Detox your body! Through our Ion therapy footbaths, we can help remove impurities from your liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines, lymphatic system and skin, where toxins are stored.
  • Get a Massage! Build-up of stress can make you more prone to getting sick, so consider coming in for a massage. Massage has also been shown to improve the immune system, by promoting passive lymph movement.

We’re here to help you!

Call us for more information at (703) 450-4900.

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The Importance of Micronutrients

micronutrientsThe holidays are a stressful time for a lot of people. From the pressure to give the perfect gift to the time crunch of fitting in all the holiday parties, a lot of people’s health takes a back seat.

As our stress increases, our ‘weak links’ come out — our treat-filled diets plus stress lead to inflammation in the gut and body, so health issues that you may normally have under control such as digestive issues, anxiety, aches and pains can all flare up. In fact, people can gain an average of 3 to 5 lbs. over the holiday season.

January is a great opportunity to get your body back in balance and start rebuilding with a good, clean system.

One of the best ways to do that is by adding micronutrients to your diet.

You’ve probably heard of the “big three” macronutrients — carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins — that your body needs to function. Micronutrients are all those vitamins and minerals that are necessary for things like keeping you energized, immune function, bone health, fluid balance and so much more. These can include vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium and zinc, to name a few.

When your body doesn’t get enough of these and other micronutrients, you may feel tired, in pain, foggy, depressed and otherwise run down.

One of the best ways to replenish these micronutrients is with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, but with our busy lives, sometimes we’re too busy to get always have fresh produce on hand. Dr. Judy has a variety of concentrated fruit, vegetable and berry-based capsules and chewable tablets that are a great way to bridge the gap between what you do get and what you should get — and rebuild those all-important micronutrients.

If you’re interested in giving your body a great reset this January, ask Dr. Judy about her regimen and how you can reclaim your energy this winter.

How Dehydration Affects Your Brain, Energy Levels, and Body

Most people know that dehydration is bad for them, but you may be surprised at how it can affect you.

Right now, we are still encountering the sweltering heat of summer —high temperatures are breaking records here in DC and around the world — and the Northern Hemisphere may experience its hottest year ever recorded.

There is typically a spike in dehydration in the mid- and late-summer months, when the heat index is the highest.

Aside from the general lightheaded feeling and dry mouth that individuals commonly recognize as dehydration, there are many hidden dangers that affect your physical and mental health. Our brains are highly influenced by hydration status and even mild dehydration (1-3% of body weight) can result in impaired brain function. Dehydration has been shown to negatively impact concentration, and functions such as problem-solving, motor coordination, and attention suffer the most.

Although it’s still unknown exactly when cognitive errors occur, studies show that the most severe impairments start to transpire at a 2 percent drop in body mass, a water weight loss that can happen quickly.

Surprising Benefits of Staying Hydrated

I usually tell my patients to go with the formula of 1/2 your body weight in ounces, so if you weigh 200 lbs., then you want to try to drink 100 ounces per day.

There are many benefits of staying hydrated — some you may not know about!

  • Prevent headaches: Dehydration can trigger headaches and migraines, and increasing your water intake can help.
  • Think more clearly: You may feel foggy and have trouble concentrating without enough water. Drinking up to be more productive at work!
  • Relieve constipation: Increased fluid intake can help alleviate symptoms of constipation. Low water consumption has been shown as a risk factor for constipation in young and elderly individuals.
  • Lose weight: Drinking water can increase satiety and boost your metabolic rate. Sometimes what we mistake for hunger is actually thirst.

Signs of dehydration include feelings of thirst, dizziness, heat cramps, nausea, mood changes, fatigue, and frequent headaches. In extreme cases, when left untreated, you may end up having to go to the emergency room for treatment.

How easily a person becomes dehydrated is dependent on their body mass. Younger children and infants need to monitor their hydration more than an adult would because they have a lower total body weight and a higher concentration of water. An infant’s total body water is 70 percent whereas it’s about 65 percent in older children and 60 in adults; infants and children can also turn over electrolytes and water faster than other age groups, meaning they lose water more quickly than adults.

Tips on Staying Hydrated Safely

  • Hydrate throughout the day: Drinking too much water can dilute the body, leading to a low sodium and salt intake in the blood and, in extreme cases, cause seizures. Stay hydrated by taking in fluids throughout the day, not all at once. Keep a water bottle with you!
  • Eat for the weather: Especially in hot weather and the summer months, try to consume fruits and vegetables and other foods that have high water content.
  • Exercise around the sun and heat: It’s great to stay active, but it’s best to exercise when the sun isn’t at its peak. Exercise indoors if it’s especially hot and humid outside, or go out for your walk, run or bike ride before the sun rises or after the sun sets. (Be sure to wear reflective, light weight clothing.)

Following these tips on hydration and ensuring that you always carry around extra liquids when out in the sun is a great way to ensure you don’t experience dehydration.

Stay cool! (And hydrated!)