Foundation Chiropractic Auburn, Washington Blog
Decreased sleep has long been known to increase a number of risk factors, including heart attack, stroke, asthma, cancer, depression and many more (1). The CDC estimates that around 35% of Americans get less than the recommended 7 hours of sleep per day (1). With this in mind, there have also been some studies that have shown what we all have suspected; Sleep deprivation will decrease your Immune response.
Keeping your immune system strong is important in fighting off viruses and diseases. There are many things one can do to help with this. A very important Vitamin, D, will be discussed as it plays a role in immune functioning. Another important aspect of helping with immunity is chiropractic care.
Zinc is an essential mineral that can be found in numerous food sources. It has long been known to be linked to decreased immune function when you are deficient (1,2). It is most important to observe that those most at risk for complications due to coronavirus tend to be the ones most deficient in Zinc. One study estimated that 35%–45% of adults aged 60 years or older had zinc intakes below the estimated average requirement of 6.8 mg/day for elderly females and 9.4 mg/day for elderly males. When the investigators considered intakes from both food and dietary supplements, they found that 20%–25% of older adults still had inadequate zinc intakes (6).
Due to recent events related to the Covid-19 virus there have been lots of recommendations provided by numerous Public Health Organizations including the CDC. One of the biggest ways you can help yourself is to wash your hands with soap and water.
Now this seems like an obvious solution but in fact many people may actually be doing it incorrectly. The CDC guide gives step by step instructions as to how to wash your hands correctly:
Fall has come and one of the great pastimes many partake in with that is football. Often we will gather ‘round our televisions with family and friends all cozied up on couches in warm houses eating snacks and munchies and cheering for the home team.
Some of us make our way to the stadiums in rain, shine, snow, sleet or severe wind chills to cheer our players on.
Football is a culture in our society that many can’t seem to get enough of, from fantasy football leagues, to Sunday parties, college games and even high school, but with all of that watching a game can also be painful.