As the fall weather sets in and the temperatures drop in North Dakota we tend to find ourselves in doors more often and become quite stationary. I thought I would cover a couple topics to help keep people healthy this time of year.
- Continue to move, staying active has been shown to significantly decrease the chances and severity of getting sick. A healthy body keeps a healthy immune system.
- Get enough sleep; try to get a minimum of eight hours of rest each night. It is not only important to sleep enough but try to keep about the same schedule (yes this means not sleeping in as long on the weekends).
- Regularly wash your hands before and after meals, after shaking hands or handling children, when you wake and before you go to bed.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, but not with your hand. Coughing or sneezing into your hand increases the chances of you giving it to someone else through direct contact (handshake) or indirect (doorknob etc.). Instead, cough or sneeze into your elbow and make sure to wash after.
- Make friends and be social, positive human contact can help reduce stress and fatigue. A body under a lot of stress cannot cope as well and can be more susceptible to illness.
- Regular checkups, there is no time like the present to get your health in order. Try to see your optometrist, dentist, primary care and of course your chiropractor to keep you in great health.
A chiropractor can offer guidance on posture, nutrition, exercise or general fitness. Of course, when treatment is needed, the chiropractor is fully equipped to manage nonsurgical treatment of injuries. Chiropractic care also works on correcting misaligned or out of place vertebrae and can remove the pressure placed on the nerve endings that line the surface of the joint and course through the space between the joints, reducing pain and improving flexibility and function.