Staying Healthy During Flu Season
Another flu season lies on the horizon. As fall deepens, so does the geographic scope of influenza, the viral infection we have all come to know as “the flu.”
The key to prevent becoming infected is, of course, maintaining your health. Taking a proactive approach to strengthening your immune system earlier is the ideal way to ensure that you do not fall ill this coming flu season – or any season for that matter!
Along with committing to a well-balanced diet and establishing a regular exercise routine, applying good stress management techniques and getting an appropriate amount of sleep are all imperative to keeping your immune system functioning at an optimal level. In today’s world, however, it is often hard for many of us (if not all of us) to follow through with each of these behaviors consistently. The slightest break in any routine creates a window of opportunity for any bacteria or virus you may encounter.
Considering an integrative methodology to health care may provide an added benefit for ensuring better immune health (and subsequently, better health overall) even if the aforementioned behaviors get off-set by your everyday life.
Incorporating an acupuncture regimen into your overall approach to preserving wellness might provide insurance to fall back on. Studies have indicated that, when stimulated by acupuncture, certain points along the body will initiate the body to enhance the production leukocytes or white blood cells. These are the primary cells that are activated to destroy harmful bacteria and viruses when they are introduced into the body.
Integrative medicine, which combines alternative health care practices (such as acupuncture) with modern medicine, has become more popular in recent times. Not only are patients looking for ways to avoid medications, they are also seeking methods for achieving a better balance. Regular acupuncture can help with the quality of health year-round by treating the root of the problem rather than just the symptoms.
With all of this in mind, by working with your primary care physician and a qualified practitioner of acupuncture and herbal medicine, you may be able to find the right approach for preventing the flu and other ailments from bringing you down during the oncoming flu season – and beyond!