The medical community is in unanimous agreement that the secret to fighting the flu is a healthy immune system. Unfortunately you can’t buy a healthy immune system and you can’t pop a pill and get a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system comes about as a result of having a fully functioning nervous system & body. Supporting the immune system is important to wellness. The most effective method is a comprehensive approach that involves exercise, stress management, diet, nutritional supplementation, plant-based medicines, and chiropractic care.
The flu season begins in November and is at its height between
December and March. According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, 1 out of every 5 Americans will get the flu this year.
The flu is another name for influenza. Considered contagious, it is a
viral infection of the respiratory passages, which often causes
fever, severe aching and/or intestinal infection. The flu is often
mistaken for symptoms of the common cold. Colds are usually due to
bacterial infection that overwhelms the body, often resulting in
fatigue, coughing, sneezing, mucous build-up and drainage, fever and
sometimes body aches. Are you prepared for the flu season?
Chiropractic care may be your answer to a clean bill of health
this season. Chiropractic has been shown in hundreds of research
articles to improve the function of the body’s immune system. If
your immune system is working at 100%, especially because you get the
benefits of chiropractic care, versus people who don’t use
chiropractic, you have greater ability to be healthy and not suffer
from as many cold’s and/or flu as the general population does.
Chiropractic can give your immune system a boost with a spinal
adjustment. Chiropractic care can help raise your natural resistance
to disease by removing a serious interference to your proper body
function: Vertebral subluxations. Remember, an elevated temperature
(fever) is one of your body’s defense mechanisms, helping you to
destroy infection. Lowering a mild to moderate fever reduces this
defense against this illness condition. Likewise, other symptoms of
colds and flu are the body’s attempts to clear itself of bacterial
and viral influences that attack the body. Here are some facts and a
recent study about chiropractic and the flu: A study shown in the
Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research in 1997 showed chiropractic
care to be effective in treating the flu. Over 2,800 individuals
received regular chiropractic care and the result was an average 15%
decrease in the incidence of colds and the flu.
According to the World Chiropractic Alliance, spinal adjustments
can help your immune system function better. An adjustment by a
Doctor of Chiropractic corrects what are called vertebral
subluxations, which can cause interference of the nervous system.
When an adjustment is performed, it releases pressure on the nerves
and allows more efficient interaction between your body’s nervous
system and immune system. When your immune system is healthy it is
better prepared to prevent or combat the flu.
Regular chiropractic care is beneficial to the body. Preventing
the flu is just one of the many positive side effects of regular
chiropractic maintenance. Do you really need a flu shot? Or could
great flu-fighting benefits accrue from taking a healthier and more
natural approach to fighting the flu? And of course eating right,
exercising, and having a healthy body are all-important issues in
combating the flu as well. The mind, emotion, and stress have a huge
impact on immune function. Stress depresses the activity of white
blood cells, the soldiers of the immune system that directly combat
infection. Stress stimulates the sympathetic nervous system that is
responsible for the fight or flight response. When the sympathetic
nervous system is active, the immune system is not as stimulated and
deep sleep is disrupted. The immune system appears to work at its
best when we are happy. If you want a happy immune system, then you
need to laugh often and view life from an optimistic point of view.
If you would like to learn more about utilizing chiropractic to
combat the flu during the upcoming flu seasons, please give Hands on
Chiropractic and Wellness a call. We’re here to help!