With fall around the corner comes crisp and cooler weather. It also means that the body is more susceptible to colds and getting sick.
The immune system is a large collection of different cells that have a primary goal to protect your body and attack foreign organisms or matter. Keeping these natural defenses strong is very important for transitioning into the new season and involves a variety of strategies.
So, we look to the experts for advice on how to stay healthy as the cold comes in. Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine shares his top 10 ways to keep you strong for the transitioning season. Dr.Calapai's stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer's, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson's. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham's, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers.
1. Exercise on a daily basis:
The minimum should be a half hour of walking continuously so as to increase oxygenation to tissues as well as deliver vitamins minerals and hormones to these cells.
2. Be sure to get good deep restorative sleep:
This should be at least six hours every night. Sleep deprivation not only makes us tired, but decreases function in almost all organs.
3. Keep chemicals and preservatives out of the diet:
We should eat as organically as possible, with the diet comprised of a variety of vegetables, fruits and good protein sources.
4. Test your blood for vitamins, minerals, and hormones:
Thousands of studies over many years have described that vitamin deficiency is correlated with degenerate disease we can give me in response among many others. This test will guide you as to exactly what nutrients you're deficient in, and what you should take. “There is no better test than this,” says Dr. Calapai.
5. Do not smoke cigarettes:
This is a no brainer for most, as they contain thousands of dangerous chemicals, which can lead to a low immune system.
6. Be careful with exposure to alcohol:
This can have the variety of effects that are hurtful to the body if done in excess
7. Maintain a clean home environment:
In areas where you spend the most time, make sure that surfaces are cleaned with products that can kill germs or viruses. Use HEPA filtration systems to capture particulate matter including dust, allergens or organisms that can make you ill.
8. Wash your hands thoroughly:
Wash a few times during the day and avoid other people that have chronic infection, flu or a virus.
9. Try to minimize stress, anxiety and irritability:
Taking a break for a few minutes during a stressful day can make the stress response much less progressive.
10. Lastly, be sure to visit your doctor for routine testing and physical exam inform:
This ensures you are constantly aware of what is going on with your body.
You can connect with the doctor at: @drcalapai on Twitter or at www.drcal.net