Tuttle Chiropractic knows that the timing of flu season is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.
States such as California have reported an elevated amount of flu-like illnesses recently. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on furlough, because of the government shutdown, this year’s flu season may be hard to track.
“If this flu season hits early and we don’t have the most important national voice promoting vaccination, we will see unnecessary illnesses, some of which could be severe or fatal,” said John Brownstein, a Harvard Medical School epidemiologist who runs FluNearYou, a real-time flu tracking tool.
“And if it turns out this year’s flu causes more serious illness than normal, we may have a more difficult time detecting that quickly and warning the public about the increased risk.”
Tuttle Chiropractic – What Should You Do To Prepare For This Flu Season
Tuttle Chiropractic believes that a healthy lifestyle is the best way to ward off the flu. So as flu season begins it is a great time to adjust your diet in favor of immune boosting foods. Enriching your diet with antioxidants and making sure you are getting enough nutrients and micronutrients will help protect and strengthen your immune system. Along with a healthy diet drinking plenty of water is essential for optimal health.
Make sure you get enough sleep and keep emotional stress at bay. When we’re stressed, the immune system’s ability to fight off antigens is reduced making you more susceptible to infections.
And by all means do not underestimate the importance of exercise. Even more so than nutrition, exercise has the capacity to protect and even enhance the immune response. Experimental studies have shown that a regular exercise program of brisk walking can bolster many defenses of the immune system, including the antibody response and the natural killer (T cell) response.
Regular chiropractic care is beneficial to the body. Preventing the flu is just one of the many positive side effects of regular chiropractic maintenance. Call Tuttle Chiropractic to learn more about using chiropractic care to fight the flu.
Dr. Justin Tuttle is a native of Peoria, IL and is a graduate of St. Vincent de Paul and Peoria Notre Dame High School. After completing an undergraduate degree in Business Leadership from Purdue University Dr. Justin Tuttle began his Chiropractic training at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa, where he graduated in 2005.