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Crystal Lake Chiropractor : Dr. Anthony Ebel

Dr. T’s 5 Tips for a Healthy Winter

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1. A Better Understanding

People do not get sick more often in the winter because there are more germs and bugs floating around, they get sick more often because they are LESS healthy and strong than they are during the summer. If you simply understand that you have to work a little harder to stay healthy during the winter, you’ll be fine. I outline how to in the next 4 steps!

We do not get sick from simply being exposed to germs; we get sick when we are too weak to fight them off. This point was illustrated by the recent Whooping Cough (pertussis) outbreak in McHenry County, where nearly 40 kids came down with whooping cough. EVERY ONE of the sick kids was fully vaccinated against whooping cough, yet still got it. Read the rest of this article and at the end ask yourself this question, “If every one of those kids had done these 5 things, would they have gotten sick?”

2. Take a Vitamin D Supplement

Since the human body is rather incredible, it has the ability to transform sunlight and turn it into energy and Vitamin D production when exposed. However, we live in Chicagoland, and the next time our skin will be exposed to the sun is about 5-6 months from now! So, we will produce little Vitamin D on our own throughout the winter, and while some foods are now fortified with it, it is simply not enough.

Vitamin D is crucial for immune support, and will go a long ways to fighting off winter time colds, flu and respiratory troubles… plus so much more! About 80% of the population is estimated to be deficient in Vitamin D, and in the winter the only way to address that is with proper supplementation. On the backside of this handout is our Vitamin D recommendations, read and follow them! You can get the highest quality Vitamin D supplements for you and your children right from our office.

3. Get plenty of exercise!

Most Americans to not get sufficient amounts of exercise and that gets worse in the winter when we barely venture outside. However, nothing has been proven to be as immune-boosting and mood-boosting as GETTING MOVING!

The best form of exercise is what we term “functional fitness” – meaning that it offers a variety of different types of exercise (cardio, strength training, endurance, etc.), keeping you constantly motivated and excited, while keeping you fit, healthy, and strong. I personally have never had a higher level of fitness than I do now, and I owe that all to an incredible form of exercise called CrossFit. Go to www.crossfit.com for more info, and check out our local affiliate www.crossfitamrap.com (or www.crossfitprevail.com if you are a city of McHenry resident).

4. Eat your fruits and veggies!

I know, I know… you’ve heard this one a million times and you just can’t seem to do it! Well, stop making excuses and start making it a reality. Since farmer’s markets are about over, one very easy way of getting to a good place here is by signing up for Door to Door Organics, and having it delivered to your door or becoming part of the PWC Co-op. Simply go to www.doortodoororganics.com to get more info and sign up.

What I am recommending to my patients is that they start off with simply getting a “Bitty” box from Door to Door, and then simply use whatever means possible (eat raw, smoothies, juice, slow cooker, soups, etc.) to get the entire contents of that box into your and/or your family’s stomach.

Committing to one box per week ensures that they will: 1) Have organic produce in your home each week. 2) Have the highest quality of produce (“the most bang for your buck”). 3) Save $$$ compared to buying it in the store.

Other great options and tips include shopping at Trader Joe’s, ordering a side of veggies or fruit instead of fries and potatoes when eating out, and linking up with local farmers to get their produce during the winter.

5. Keep up with your regular chiropractic adjustments, don’t wait til you’re “sick” and need a boost.

Regular chiropractic care has been shown to boost immunity, improve DNA repair, improve mood, and so much more! Not only that, but by getting all those benefits and staying healthy through preventative or wellness-based adjustments you save tons of $$$!!!

Getting sick in the United States of America is very costly! Not only do we have one of the worst healthcare systems out there, it is by far the most expensive. And that does not include the additional costs of time off work if you can’t go in or you need to stay home with your child, and all the lost productivity there.

This point was well illustrated by a recent study of 70,000 Chicagoland patients compared to patients under the care of a Medical Doctor, those under the care of a Doctor of Chiropractic “demonstrated decreases of 60.2% in-hospital admissions, 59.0% hospital days, 62.0% outpatient surgeries and procedures, and 83% pharmaceutical costs.”

Bottom line, getting sick sucks, and it is expensive! Drugs designed to treat sickness are often worthless and dangerous at the same time, so don’t rely on them. Stay healthy and proactive with these 5 simple steps this winter, and you’ll be flying into 2012!!!


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