Immune System

What is the Zika Virus & What Can We Do?

zikaIt is crazy how fast viruses can spread. The Zika virus is present in 20 different countries, and doesn’t appear to be slowing.  According to Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, the virus is fairly mild and may show no symptoms in the majority of the population.  However, problems arise for pregnant women as the virus can pass through amniotic fluid and affect developing babies.

Is there anything we can do to stop proliferation of the virus?  The body has a natural line of defense against invading pathogens.  When it comes to viruses, the most effective defenses for a virus that the body has never encountered before appears to be NK cells – or natural killer cells, and the complementary system.  It is therefore important to keep these systems functioning optimally.

How Do We Strengthen the Immune System to Battle Zika?

According to Harvard Medical’s website, the following lifestyle choices enhance the immune system:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get adequate sleep

If these recommendations look familiar, it is because these are what entail a healthy lifestyle.  When you commit to these strategies you will strengthen your body against diabetes, fight cancer, overcome obesity and more.  Your body is like a house; and the mortar, brick, lumber and other building blocks come from your diet and healthy habits.

Precision Chiropractic has your back (pun intended).  Through our local health affiliate program, we will provide options for businesses that can help you with these habits and you will get a discount when you use them!

The Zika virus is achieving epidemic levels.  The best defense is to make sure your body is functioning optimally.  Commit to a healthy lifestyle today, and reap the benefits tomorrow.  After all, there is no better day to start than today!

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