It is that time of year—cold and flu season. As a Chiropractic office, we’ve helped out many people who have suffered from weak immune systems. As we gradually descend into the cold winter months, it is important to keep a healthy and boosted immune system. With consistent chiropractic adjustments and healthy lifestyle practices, you can take on this flu season with confidence!
We all know there is no cure for the common cold. However chiropractic adjustments are a great natural way to give a powerful boost to the immune system, which will help the body fight off viruses.
It has been proven that there are connections between the nervous system and immune system. Collectively, the spinal cord and brainstem regulate and control all of the body’s functions while working with the immune system. Spinal misalignments can cause neural dysfunction, which can stress the body out and possibly lead to a weakened immune system. In some cases, even just one chiropractic adjustment can provide an instant boost to the immune system.
In addition to routine chiropractic visits, there are other methods that can be incorporated into boosting your immune system such as:
Allow your body to rest and recharge. Sleep allows your body to keep working at an optimal level and combat viruses. Adults need 7-8 hours of sleep each night to stay in good mental and physical health, promote quality of life, and avoid an increased risk of injury.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can strengthen your body’s natural defenses (2). Antioxidants are molecules that boost the immune system. They do so by protecting cells from harmful molecules called free radicals. A deficiency of vitamin C has been shown to increase your chances of getting sick. Include more vitamin C rich foods in your diet like oranges, grapefruits, spinach and kale.
Regularly exercising is one of the pillars of a healthy lifestyle. It improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and protects against a variety of diseases. Exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.
Incorporating routine adjustments and healthy lifestyle changes can give your immune system the boost it needs to keep you healthy year-round. Contact our practice here in Boulder and schedule your appointment today!