Flu season is coming, and the best way to beat it is to prevent it. Comprehensive chiropractic care is not just about addressing pain; when partnered with a healthy lifestyle, it provides a powerful defense against illness. Now is the time to review key ways to flu-proof your immune system.
Moderate, regular exercise has many benefits. One key way it boosts immunity is by improving circulation. With good circulation, cells and substances of the immune system travel freely throughout the body delivering powerful preventative “medicine.”
2. Stress Management
Chronic stress can inhibit our body’s production of antibodies. Without these natural antibodies, we are relatively powerless to illness. Other research suggests that stress hormones interrupt communication between the nervous system, endocrine system, and immune system. Massage therapy is a powerful immune booster. While it serves as an excellent tool against stress, it also improves circulation.
3. Good nutrition
Proper nutrition aids immunity by increasing the number and strength of white cells (key players in our body’s fight against illness) and ridding the body of toxins. Eating nutrient rich foods that the body can digest efficiently also maintains a healthy gastrointestinal (GI) tract, where roughly 60% of our immune system cells are housed. A diet rich in whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, lean meats and eggs, can provide a great foundation for an immune system’s important work. Quality nutritional supplements may fill the gaps in an imperfect diet. For instance, probiotics provide additional support for the GI tract while echinacea adds punch to the immune system.
4. Chiropractic Care
The nervous system and the immune system do not operate in isolation. They work together. Any misalignment (sublaxation) along the nervous system interferes with the work of the organs, particularly the lymphomic organs (e.g., the spleen, lymph nodes, and bone marrow), which produce our body’s immune responses. Chiropractic adjustments correct alignment and encourage proper communication within the nervous system and immune system.
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