Top 5 Benefits of Chiropractic

Are There Any Benefits of Chiropractic Care That You May Not Know About?

There are a number of different reasons why patients decide to seek out chiropractic care. Whether you are getting adjusted for headaches, low back pain, or anything in between, there are a number of ways that spinal adjustments can help your overall health. When you take care of your nervous system, your entire body can benefit. This is why there are so many great benefits of chiropractic care that the average person doesn’t even know about. Here are some of the best benefits of chiropractic care that could help improve your life.

1. Relieve Stress: When your nervous system is interfered with, your spinal bones are misaligned and your muscles are imbalanced, chances are your entire body will feel out of line. This can cause a great deal of mental and physical stress on your body. Once you have been balanced, your body will immediately feel less tense, and this message of relaxation will also go straight to the brain.

2. Improve Posture: Over time, regular chiropractic adjustments can help align tilting and abnormal curves in your spine and help you improve your posture. This can be particularly beneficial when it comes to the curve in your neck. Many people develop neck issues younger than ever, due to their constant position sitting in front of a computer screen or hunched over a phone.

3. Improve Your Mood: When you get adjusted, you are balancing your body’s entire system. This includes your body chemistry. This means that those who are suffering from certain chemical imbalances will often benefit from chiropractic care. Many people dealing with depression can see an Chiropractic_Adjustmentimprovement in their mood with regular chiropractic care. Many individuals with ADHD have also seen great benefits with regular adjustments.

4. Improve Your Immune System: When you get adjusted, your chiropractor is removing subluxations that are preventing your nervous system from working properly. Keeping your nervous system working properly keeps your immune system working properly, meaning your immune system will start working better and you will start recovering from illnesses faster.

5. Improve Your Sleep: Many sleep problems are related to pain, stress and body aches and imbalances in the nervous system. Taking care of these issues with regular chiropractic care can help any individual improve their sleep quality and get the rest they need every night.

Regular chiropractic care can provide these benefits and more by removing interference to your nervous system allowing your body to work a peak performance.

Prospering During the Flu Season

Is There Anything I Can Eat to Prevent Flu During This Time of Year?

It’s here now… flu season. Radical changes in temperature and weather, holidays (starting with Halloween), the stress of family visits and eating or drinking too much… and being exposed to all the people who are carrying the flu viruses from the flu shots, all lower our body’s resistance and increase our chances for the flu.

There are foods that you can eat that will help you to increase your natural resistance to the flu.

• Use garlic in your cooking. To get the benefits from the garlic you must crush the garlic first. Research indicates that garlic increases your resistance to infection

Yogurt and other fermented products are natural probiotics that increase your natural immunity.

• Foods with high vitamin C help the immune system. Foods with the highest vitamin C include kale, broccoli and berries. (all are higher than oranges)

Meats and nuts contain high zinc which is needed for optimum immune function

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Are There Supplements That I Can Use That Will Ward Off Viral Infections?

There are a number of nutrients and herbs that have been demonstrated to
have clinical efficacy in up-regulating your immune system so you don’t get the flu in the first place. The most effective are:

Echinacea research has shown that the alkylamides from the roots help strengthen and support the immune system by optimizing the function of white blood cells. With Echinacea the benefits come from ongoing use, it can’t be used as a last ditch method to treat symptoms.

Zinc is needed to make healthy white blood cells and activate T-cells to fight viruses.

Probiotics will enhance the balance of gut flora. Often times the first exposure to viruses may begin in the gut.

Vitamin D receptors are found on both B cells and T cells. Vitamin D helps to modulate your immune response

St. John’s Wort is an herb that has been shown to have antiviral effects on enveloped viruses such as influenza and herpes. Ebola is also an envelope virus.

12 Tips for Better Immunity

What Are Some Simple Lifestyle Changes I Can Make That Will Improve My Immune System?

A depressed immune system lowers the body’s ability to fight off all sorts of diseases, from the simple common cold to cancer. A body with a weak immune system is more susceptible to infections and diseases. Here are some important dietary and lifestyle tips to help boost one’s immunity and break out of this downward spiral.

1. Exercise. Exercise has been shown in many studies to lower one’s risk of numerous diseases. Some research, for example, found that people who engaged in regular physical activity were less likely to get cancer than those who did not. Just 30 minutes a day will give you improved immune function. However, scientists have shown that extremely intense workouts (such as marathons) can also have the effect of short-term immune suppression.

2. Sleep. Sufficient and good-quality rest has a tremendous impact on immunity. Research suggests at least 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per day is ideal for most people is ideal, especially when the person is in bed by 10pm or 11pm.

3. Sunlight. Moderate, common-sense exposure to daily sunshine helps the body produce adequate levels of vitamin D, and this hormone plays a critical role in many aspects of human health, including immune function. laying_down_on_beachAbout 15-20 minutes a day of sun exposure over a large percentage of your body is adequate.

4. Water. Consumption of an adequate amount of water, preferably chlorine and fluoride free, every day is necessary for tip-top immune function. It has been suggested that we consume at least half of our body weight in ounces per day.

5. Manage stress. Stress damages the immune system and needs to be properly managed. Stress comes in three flavors… physical stress, chemical stress and mental/emotional stress. Strategies to eliminate physical and chemical stresses (like beneficial exercise, not smoking and a good diet) as well as daily deep breathing, meditation, relaxation exercises, nature walks and yoga help mitigate stress.

6. Healthy weight. Obesity has been implicated as a factor which impairs the immune function. Fat cells can produce inflammatory chemicals that damage your body and put your immune system on chronic alert. If you have extra weight make a plan to slowly lose all the pounds that you want to lose.

7. Avoid refined sugars. When it comes to what to avoid in order to protect one’s immune system, refined sugar is among those at the top of the list. Research has suggested that sugar impairs immunity to quite a significant degree, reducing the function of white blood cells possibly by 50% over a period of up to five hours after ingestion.

8. Probiotics. Consume yogurt or other foods which contain good bacteria, such as sauerkraut and kimchi, or take a probiotic supplement. A significant portion of immune function actually resides in the gut. Good bacteria also keep the growth of harmful and immunity-damaging microorganisms in check. Even though science shows that probiotic colonies are never permanent, while you are taking them they help create a more favorable environment in the intestine until you and your wellness doctor can work to rehabilitate your gut.

9. Avoid immune-damaging elements. These include cigarettes, excessive alcohol, MSG, artificial food additives and preservatives, heavy metals, harmful chemicals in household and personal cleaning products, etc. These are known to harm health. Go for natural products as often as possible.

10. Good nutrition. Consume plenty of natural whole foods, including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, seeds and nuts. The body needs a well balanced dietary intake sufficiently stocked with essential nutrients. Nutrient deficiency is the most frequent cause of a depressed immune system.

11. Chiropractic. In 1975 researchers found when they measured two groups of people; one group that received regular chiropractic care and another group who never received chiropractic, that the chiropractic group exhibited a 200% greater immune competence when exposed to an immune challenge.

12. Spiritual Practice. Modern research has shown that people with a regular spiritual practice have healthier cortisol levels and healthier levels of inflammatory proteins in the body. Those with religious involvement have been shown to have lower blood pressure and less depression.praying at sunset