Better immune health: Change begins today

Change begins today

Today’s health column by Chambersburg health expert Dr. DK Guyer is about change and an individual’s ability to boost the immune system. Dr. Guyer plans weekly columns focusing on staying healthy during a COVID pandemic.

Over the years, I have listened to many stories. Some of them were heart wrenching accounts of debilitating health and others were incredibly inspiring. The common thread was each individual’s ability to change their habits.

“Your body is your fortress. It is up to you to defend it.”

…. DK Guyer, PhD

Embracing change seems so overwhelming at times, but we all do it.  The programs we watch, wearing face masks, changing jobs, or making new friends. But when it comes to changing eating habits or giving up soda or sweet tea, somehow that change becomes more personal.

With COVID-19, we witnessed the effects on human life when the immune system was weakened or compromised.  By modifying food and beverages choices for more wholesome options, the immune system can become the body’s natural armor.

Embrace a positive change to boost the body’s immune function today. Begin by choosing water instead of a man-made beverage. Pure, clear water consumption is the easiest first step to improving the body’s ability to fight infection and disease.

Here are some quick tips to assist with consuming more water. 

  • Begin each day with a small glass of water before going to work or school even if you do not have to leave home.
  • Set a timer for each hour as a reminder to hydrate.
  • Make a water station. Place the full amount of water you wish to consume that day in one place. Make the location easily visible. At all times of the day, the amount of water remaining becomes a visual reminder.
  • For those who do not like the taste of water, add fresh slices of lemon, lime, orange, or a frozen strawberry for flavor.

Water is the foundation of life. It supplies hydration to support every cell in the body. A person can survive for three weeks without food, but only three days without water.

Adding water into the daily routine is a small change that can make a big difference for better immune health. All positive change begins with one step in a new direction.

Change begins today

Dr. Guyer is a Wilson College alumna, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics. Furthering her education, she earned a dual doctorate in Natural Health and Nutrition and is a renown natural health expert. She is an author, speaker, educator, founder and former CEO of Gardens by Grace, LLC, an organic company. Her passion is helping people regain their health through wholesome nutrition and life style changes.

“Your body is your fortress. It is up to you to defend it.” – DK Guyer, PhD