Strengthening Your Immune System
Your immune system works around the clock to keep you at 100%! It monitors every facet of your body – patrolling, neutralizing, and destroying things your body does not need like dirt, bacteria, dead cells, and even cancer. Your immune system always has an incredible healing ability to protect you. It has multiple levels: your skin & mucous membranes, digestive juices, urine, and skin secretions all work together to eliminate germs. Other defenses include (but are not limited to) swelling to bring healing to injured areas, specialized cells that identify and eradicate any outside “intruders”, and fever to help “burn off” infections.
An unhealthy immune system can overreact or underreact – this can induce things like allergies, hypersensitivity disorders, and autoimmune disorders. Disorders of the immune system like diseases that were once rare like lupus, cancer, asthma, allergies, arthritis, fibromyalgia, autism, multiple sclerosis, and chronic fatigue are becoming increasingly common.
The happier you are, the happier your immune system is! Bernie Siegel, MD, stated that just as unexpressed emotions depress your immune response, but even more importantly, relationships strengthen your immune system:
“People, relationships are what nourishes and keeps everyone alive … connections, which may be keeping a plant growing, a goldfish, a child or a spouse. That is why women live longer than men and married men live longer than single men with the same cancers. If you have connections, you keep going.
All connections are healthy:
“People with pets have fewer minor health problems, require fewer visits to the doctor and less medication, and have fewer risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels.”
There are other things that can help boost your immune system like inspiring stories, a meaningful moment, and even comedy! If you want to decrease your stress hormone levels, improve your immune defenses against cancer and colds, and even protect against heart conditions and high blood pressure, laughter is recommended.
One of the biggest benefits to chiropractic care is it provides a powerful “wake-up call” to your immune system. Doctor of Chiropractic are trained and skilled at analyzing your structural system to locate subluxations. What are subluxations? They are a serious condition that not only causes stress on your spine and nerves but impairs your immune function! Subluxations take away from all the life-changing benefits of a healthy immune system. Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is revealing at an increasing rate that the health of your spinal cord, nerves, and brain profoundly influences not only your physical but emotional health. Chiropractors have been and their patients have been observing this in real time for hundreds of years. In fact, it was found in a study that there are three most common for visiting a chiropractor:
- Ear, nose, and throat/respiratory disorders
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders
In this study, it was subsequently found that 74 patients reported improvements in unrelated areas such as an improvement in sleep, immune function, and mood!
See your chiropractor on a periodic basis to correct your subluxations to help your immune system function to the best at its ability and add years to life and life to years!