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It’s here again: cold and flu season. No need to begrudgingly slather yourself in antibacterial goop and set out the welcome mat for the viral onslaught. Rather than just tackling the cold or flu when it hits, why not make preemptive action a part of your lifestyle? Here are some habits to incorporate into your life to help you stay strong and healthy, even through the worst of cold and flu season:

Get some reasonable exercise

Find your Goldilocks zone for exercise: not too much, not too little, just the right amount. Overexerting yourself can actually weaken your immune system, since it actually raises stress hormones in the body. You can see this in endurance racers quite often. So perhaps this is the season for a more moderate fitness approach. But, not exercising isn’t good either. Movement helps to circulate the lymph in your body, which contains trapped toxins and invaders that need to be evacuated. Breathing due to physical activity also improves cardiovascular strength. But studies have also shown that as little as 20 minutes of cardio exercise can actually act as an anti-inflammatory to your body that boost immune function. Find out what exercise makes you feel at your peak, and practice moderately throughout the season.

Walk outside in nature

Nature is incredible. If you can get out into a park once or twice a week for a quiet walk, you will do your body and mind some real good. There is plenty of evidence to confirm that spending mindful time in nature drastically improves immunity and reduces stress. Even if you aren’t “an outdoorsy person,” find a way to get yourself outside once in a while. It is innately human and will do a lot of good for your health.

Integrate immune-boosting foods into your diet

Eat lots of seasonal produce. Autumn squash, sweet potatoes and carrots provide lots of vitamin A, which has been shown to strongly support immunity. And don’t forget about medicinal mushrooms, seeds, tea or greens either. Check out this Care2 favorite for more immune boosting noms.


If you haven’t been sleeping well, you do not have a fighting chance when a nasty virus comes your way. Sleep is the time when the body gets to clean house, reassess and reinforce what seems to be lagging. When you don’t get sleep, your body simply won’t be able to keep up with its preventative health measures. Stop skimping on sleep and embrace nap time when you need to. If you are having trouble falling asleep, try these natural remedies to improve your bedtime.

Stay hydrated

As the months get cooler and the air gets drier, it is important to continue to drink plenty of water and hydrating liquids. Load up on herbal teas. Keep a full canteen always by your side. The body is around 60 percent water. When you get dehydrated, things stop functioning well (including your immune system).

Stay social

Don’t just lock yourself up during flu season. Getting out and about can really help strengthen your immunity. How? Generally, when you go out to have fun with friends or family, you are reducing stress levels (hopefully!). Relaxing, laughing and shutting down the stress in your body allows your immune system to function at its highest potential. So, instead of staying at home and away from all the germs, go out for some wine or a trivia night with good company. It will improve your mental health, which is great for your immune health, too.

Take a quality immune booster

Rather than just throwing a Hail Mary by chugging orange juice and Emergen-C when you get the sniffles, act proactively. Take supplemental vitamins, especially A and D. If you don’t want to spend a fortune on 18 different bottles of vitamins, one of my favorite immune-boosting supplement blends is Dr. Schnuffie’s Stay Well. This high-potency daily immune support supplement combines all the essential immune boosters: vitamins A, C, D, E and K, zinc and more. It was formulated by a physician and is backed by loads of science, but has none of the sugar or artificial colorings found in most mainstream immune boosters. If you tend to get a lot of colds, a high-potency supplement may be just what the doctor ordered.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-natural-ways-to-prepare-your-body-for-coldflu-season.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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