Be Well: Immune-Boosting Strategies to Stay Ahead of the Cold

In a season when we would usually be out cheering on our local sports teams, we are spending more time at home and repeating a new mantra: Wash your hands, practice social distancing, wear a mask.

But what if you could play offense instead of defense to fend off colds and viruses? What if adjusting your daily habits could build your immunity to help your body fend off illness, not only this year but every year?

That’s not only possible, says Katie Moksnes Bowman, it’s something she encourages her patients to do every day.

“Stress is the number one way we increase inflammation in the body,” says Moksnes Bowman, a licensed acupuncturist and Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) for Northwestern Health Sciences University. She says inflammation can affect digestion, sleep patterns, pain, and your body’s immunity.

Read the full article from Mpls.St.Paul Magazine online here.