Even though we Georgians are fortunate enough to have sunshine most of the year, that doesn’t mean we don’t feel the effects when the temperature dips. The colder season impacts our lives in many ways and can wreak havoc on our body’s ability to protect us against illness.
Dr. Michael Skardasis and our team at Optimal Performance Medicine know that having a strong immune system is integral to surviving the winter. That’s why we recommend IV hydration therapy to all of our patients.
Here’s how it can give your health a mid-winter boost.
Winter and your immune system
We have a sort of love-hate relationship with winter.
On one hand, the chilly temperatures kill off disease-ridden insects and microorganisms. Cold weather can even help you shed some weight by stimulating your metabolism.
On the other hand, winter also has significant negative impacts on your health. Studies have shown that death rates peak during the winter due to an increase in cardiovascular issues. Furthermore, the lack of sunshine causes vitamin D deficiencies in some parts of the country.
Perhaps the most universally felt side effect of winter is the spike in respiratory illnesses. No matter where you live, this time of year is the breeding season for harmful viruses that cause the common cold and the flu.
The cold air starts by weakening your body’s first line of defense.
When the weather’s warmer, your nose does a great job of secreting mucus, which traps viruses and bacteria trying to enter your body. When the air becomes drier and colder, the mucus in your nose dries as well, giving harmful microorganisms a free pass.
This is typically where your immune system takes over, but colder weather slows down your body’s production of important immune cells. With your defenses down, you spend your winter sneezing and coughing.
Fortunately, there’s a way to support your immune system quickly and naturally.
Immune system support
Even in the best weather, your body needs a steady supply of nutrients and vitamins to function properly and support your immune system. Unfortunately, most don’t get the vitamins they need. In fact, 92% of Americans have at least one vitamin deficiency.
Having a vitamin deficiency is a serious problem, but it’s especially harmful in the winter. That’s where our IV hydration therapy comes in.
We offer the Myer’s cocktail, which is a specially formulated, highly concentrated solution of vital nutrients and vitamins. The Myer’s cocktail contains vitamin C, B complex vitamins, and magnesium, which are all nutrients that your immune system needs to fight off illness.
Because they’re delivered directly into your bloodstream through an IV, the vitamins bypass your digestive system and get delivered directly to the organs and tissues that need them most.
In addition to supporting your immune system, the Myer’s cocktail can also address symptoms from a variety of chronic health conditions, including:
- Migraines and headaches
- Illness recovery
- Jet lag recovery
- Pre and post-physical activity recovery
It also contains other vitamins like calcium which promotes healthy cell, muscle, and bone functioning, and vitamin B12, which boosts your energy. Talk to Dr. Skardasis about our B12 injections for an added energy boost.
IV hydration is a treatment option for virtually anyone, but you’ll meet with Dr. Skardasis to assess your symptoms and medical history before he recommends it as a treatment for you.
Once Dr. Skardasis determines that IV hydration is right for you, your therapy session is quick and easy. You’ll recline comfortably as the IV slowly releases the nutrients into your bloodstream.
Your whole session shouldn’t take longer than an hour. You’ll walk out of our office and back into your daily life feeling healthier from the inside out.
Other wintertime immune system support tips
There are few things better for your immune system than a delivery of nutrients directly into your bloodstream. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t steps you can take to make your IV hydration therapy last even longer and be even more effective.
During the winter, we recommend that you do the following to support your immune system:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Get some moderate exercises every day
- Get enough sunlight
- Eat a balanced diet
- Avoid overconsuming alcohol
- Get plenty of sleep
- Drink lots of water
- Manage your stress
These little daily habits and lifestyle adjustments will give you an even better chance of fighting off sickness.
Don’t struggle through the winter. Come see us for true, lasting immune system support. Call our Woodstock, Georgia office at 678-224-5406, or book an appointment online.