With the holiday season officially over, we can all finally let out a sigh of relief and begin to relax a little more. The winter is a time for introspection. The days are short, the nights are long and the temperature is cold. It is a time to slow down, rest, replenish your energy and conserve your strength. More often than not, this can result in a sense of sluggishness. Well, this is flu season, and the last thing we want is our immune system becoming sluggish as well. We need it to be ready for action, to respond like the fire department; ready to jump when it gets the call. So how do we prime these little powerhouses called white blood cells and keep them ever vigilant? We can take a well-rounded approach, focusing on prevention, looking at diet and other stress patterns that may influence our health and well being.
After eating all the extra sugar of the holidays, it is a good time to become more mindful of our diets and create a healthy internal environment. Our immune system weakens with the intake of sugar. After eating sugar, white blood cells are significantly depressed and will not respond to bacteria for up to five hours after ingestion. Sugar cravings may be a sign that you have too much stress and that the body may be missing essential B vitamins. Replace those poor carbohydrates with organic oranges, berries and apples with cinnamon. Choose maple syrup over refined sugar and honey. Try to cut down on sodas and refined sugars and use alcohol in moderation. Eating a clean diet, without processed foods, increasing fruits and vegetables, especially mushrooms, can improve the immune system. Even adding protein to every meal will help cut down sugar cravings, boosting your energy and immune system.
Just as exercise and a proper diet are important to maintaining a healthy life, so is regular chiropractic care. Increasingly effective with today’s issues of back pain, leg pain, shoulder, head and neck pain, chiropractic care even helps boost your immune system by correcting your central nervous system. It tackles all types of body pains and also focuses on the health and nutrition of your body. What makes chiropractic care a quintessential addition to maintaining health is that it deals directly with the nerve system – specifically with the spinal cord. We live life through our nerve system. Not only does the nerve system coordinate all the functions of the body, but it is also taking in all the information of our environment and guiding us through life. Much of the information that it takes in is in the form of stress.
Stress is a necessary part of life because it conditions your body to respond to danger, causing the body to produce specific hormones that support the stress reaction. These hormones put you into an anxiety state. They create chronic inflammation in the body and suppress the immune system, leading to increased physical breakdown and illness. The chiropractic adjustment directly affects the nerve system. It causes the nerve system to stop creating the stress response. The hormones that support stress cease to be created, and the body creates endorphins that support growth and well being. When the body is in this state, it has a stronger immune system and there is less disease and illness.
Through the correct diet and exercise, we can keep our bodies healthy. With the addition of consistent chiropractic care, we can keep our stress levels down and an abundance of happiness in our lives. Be mindful of yourself and your body. Stay joyful and healthy this 2013 year!
Sources: http://lakewood-oh.patch.com/blog_posts/why-is-chiropractic-care-important-for-you, http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/exposed-winter-park-chiropractor-says-chiropractic-care-does-not-work-196825.htm, http://www.wickedlocal.com/marblehead/newsnow/x1146189108/COLUMN-Time-now-to-get-immune-system-ready-for-action?zc_p=1#axzz2IkZLLwCM