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Boosting Immunity for Flu Season

Boosting Immunity for Flu Season

Colleen O'Connor

Flu season is right around the corner and with it an uptick in coworker sniffles, family germ sharing, and the threat of coming down with something. No one wants to get sick and that’s why it’s important to take extra steps to take care of your health in prime cold and flu season. One excellent way to do this is through the art of massage.

As an immune system booster, massage is a natural approach to stimulating your lymph system to help maximize functionality and thus decrease your chances of coming down with something. Here’s how it works:

When your body is running on empty and your feeling stressed out, your immune system is vulnerable and exposed. With in combination with poor nutrition, not enough sleep, and a lack of exercise, stress levels exacerbate the production of cortisol, your body’s stress hormone. This hormone can take a toll on your system and inhibit the ability of your body to ward off illnesses.

With massage, regular sessions with a professional massage therapist can help reduce the production of cortisol while simultaneously encouraging the production of feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine. Your body responds to these positive changes by bolstering its functionality and therefore helping keep you healthy and strong.

Lymph System
Another added bonus when boosting immune function through massage is that your lymph system works more effectively and efficiently to remove toxins that build up in your body. By stimulating the circulatory function, massage boost oxygen-rich blood flow throughout your body to the places you need it while simultaneously removing toxins for quicker processing.

Start yourself on the path to wellness now and don’t wait too long until you are already sick! Louisville has many exciting happenings during the holiday season to take advantage of from open houses to family gatherings. You don't want to miss out by being sick! Taking time to nourish yourself is key in navigating your way to a less stressful lifestyle.

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