With the recent events concerning the coronavirus and amidst flu season, you may find yourself looking for new ways to help boost your immune system. In addition to following the recommendations given by the CDC concerning prevention, you may be rummaging through your medicine cabinet or in the health aisle of your grocery store looking for something to do the trick. However, while many products on the market promise a variety of health benefits, it is usually hit or miss when it comes to their effectiveness and even if they are truly healthy for your body. When it comes to your health, you can never be too careful. For this reason, we would like to offer an alternative, natural option to fueling your immune system: chiropractic care! It is believed that chiropractic care can boost the immune system and statistics show that patients (kids in particular) are sick less often.
Your Spine and the Immune System
The immune system is the body’s first line of defense against infection, and how you treat your body can drastically impact its effectiveness. Factors such as nutrition, exercise, posture, rest, and spinal health are important to have a strong immune system. When the spine is misaligned dysfunctions in the nervous system can occur. This can cause stress on various parts of your body and lead to a weak immune response. This response can help explain why many patients who suffer from inflammatory conditions tend to have weaker immune systems such as those with rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disorders.
As we have already established, the immune system is heavily reliant upon the nervous system for its strength. So how can you strengthen the immune system? Simply by ensuring the health of your nervous system! A chiropractic adjustment helps to correct misalignments, decrease inflammation, and relieve pressure within the spine. All of these can benefit your spinal health and improve the well being of your nervous system, triggering a strong immune response. With a healthy body and a boost in your immune system, you can tackle the day ahead knowing that your body is prepared to fight off any threat to your health- all thanks to your initiative to care for your spine!
Additional Ways to Improve your Immune Response
As we mentioned above, there are multiple factors to improving your immune response and not just keeping your spine in alignment. Practicing good habits for nutrition and getting plenty of exercise and rest are also very important to optimizing your immune response and maintaining a healthy defense system for your body. When examining your diet, try to limit your sugar intake as it is not good for your immune system, and is simply not a healthy choice for your body. Alternatively, consider foods that have large amounts of Vitamin C in them such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is essential in achieving and maintaining that immune system boost, and is good for you! Additionally, it is important to supply your body with plenty of Vitamin D. Spending some time outdoors taking a brisk walk or simply enjoying your morning coffee on the porch will not only give you some fresh air but will also help supply your body with those vitamins that are best supplied by the sun. Of course, you will want to remember your sunscreen!
During this season of frequent illness, do your body a favor and schedule an appointment for a chiropractic adjustment. By nurturing your spinal health you will also be nurturing a strong, healthy immune response! For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Stellhorn Chiropractic today.