Your body’s defense against infection and disease is its immune system. Poor eating habits, stress, a deficiency in vitamins and minerals, and a poorly functioning nervous system are all areas that directly affect the immune system’s ability to combat infection. If you are seeking optimal health, then a properly functioning immune system is a must! We've put together some tips to help you strengthen your immune system, which will help your body fend off illness and make room for true health.
1. Say No To Sugar! Sugar is what we refer to as the anti-nutrient. Those refined simple sugars contain no nutritional value, and even take away nutrients that are stored in your body to be metabolized later. Once those storehouses are depleted, your immune system will have a more difficult time fighting off colds and flus.
2. Time To Take Probiotics. You've probably heard of probiotics before, which are the good bacteria found in yogurt and other supplements. Probiotics aid the body in its ability to digest food. Studies have determined links between the amount of probiotics in the stomach and the strength of the immune system. Start by increasing your consumption of yogurt, or add a probiotic supplement.
3. Practice Stress Management. We know it is impossible to completely avoid stress, but you can practice stress management skills. As your stress levels increase, the strength of your immune system decreases. When we are under stress, our bodies produce increased amounts of cortisol. Cortisol, a stress hormone, increases both blood sugar and blood pressure levels, which results in a weakened immune system. In order to reach optimal health, find a stress relieving technique that works for you, whether it is yoga, boxing, or writing.
4. Get Your Nervous System Checked. Your nervous system (comprised of the brain and spine) controls every organ system, organ, tissue, and cell in your body. If it is your goal to reach true health, then you'll want to get your nervous system checked to make sure that your spine is properly aligned. A properly aligned spine is best able to send clear signals to the rest of the body. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment so we can get you (and your spine) in great health!