The coronavirus is making headlines constantly lately. And while the media tends to focus on tragedies and the misconception that sicknesses are always fatal, this is not the full picture. In reality, the coronavirus is a common virus that causes an infection in the nose, sinuses, and/or the upper throat or respiratory system. Most coronaviruses are not deadly, especially to people with a healthy, well-functioning immune system. People who have been infected with the coronavirus are reporting coughs, fever, and respiratory issues, with some extreme cases involve pneumonia. Antibiotics do not work against the coronavirus, and the recovery from coronavirus primarily relies on the strength of the person’s immune system.
The best weapon for the coronavirus, the cold and the flu all begins with building a strong, proactive immune system. The immune cells, our amazing red and white blood cells, work hard to heal and defend the body against foreign invaders like coronavirus. The most amazing part of this defensive process comes from the way the body adapts and responds naturally and without us having to direct it to do so. And this entire process of adaptation and immune response operates under the direction of our central nervous system. Scientists found out long ago the amazing connection between the central nervous system and the immune system and continue to gather evidence about this amazing natural healing process.
“Chiropractic plays a key role because of the spine’s relationship with immunity.” Research shows that when the spine is misaligned, the body exists in a heightened state of stress similar to being in a warzone. Operating in a heightened state of stress weakens us and reduces the quality of our rest, immunity, and growth within the nervous system. Gentle, low force chiropractic adjustments improve our body’s immunity by allowing the nervous system to function at its best for optimum healing and repair.
Evidence demonstrates that people who receive regular chiropractric adjustments report stronger immunity after starting chiropractic care. “Research from 2010 determined that patients who received Chiropractic adjustments showed increased levels of a specific signaling molecule in the body called Interleukin-2. Interleukin-2 regulates the activities of white blood cells which are responsible for immunity. The molecule impacts the body’s natural response to microbial infection and helps the body recognize and create specific responses that neutralize foreign invaders. This protein molecule was found to be higher in those who received chiropractic spinal adjustments when compared to those who did not.”
The primary purpose of a chiropractic adjustment does not center on treating a specific symptom or condition, but rather, treating the whole body through the alignment of the nervous system. “The increased health and function from an adjustment represents an outcome which originates when interference is removed from the nervous system.”
While other health professions focus on changing the environment to suit a weakened body, for example, by prescribing medications, Chiropractic works at strengthening the body to better suit its environment! How can you achieve this? Follow the 5 Steps to improving your immunity:
1) Make sure to get regular adjustments to maintain your autonomic nervous system’s balance.
2) Take adequate amounts of Vitamin D, which is a major immune booster.
3) Get an additional 30-60 minutes of sleep in your daily routine. Inadequate sleep reduces immunity.
4) Drink lots of water and remove sugary drinks and foods from your and your family’s diet. Sugar depletes immunity.
5) Move your body every day. Exercise increases your body’s lymphatic flow and provides significant immune benefits.
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If you want to keep your and your family’s immunity in top shape, give us a call at our Southern Maine office to set up your initial exams at (207) 883-5549.
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