One of my practice members said to me this week, "Yeah, they are dropping like flies." She was talking about how so many people she knows are home in bed with the miserable seasonal cold or flu, rendering them in a state of ill-health.
My daughter was telling me how many of her classmates are not in school for days at a time because they are home with a fever and a sore throat. Yes, it's that time of year, and it seems that it's causing people to 'drop like flies'.
What's the solution? How can you strengthen your immune system to build a stronger body that wards off a harsh bout of the flu virus? I'll tell you, but you have to keep reading to understand what this all means.
Every day we are inundated with stressful situations chemically, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Your body is affected chemically when you drink a lot of alcohol, smoke, and eat poorly. Physically, our bodies aren't sufficiently exercised, and many of us have improper posture. Our back muscles are achy and things feel 'stuck'. Emotional stress is caused by a slew of life experiences from work stress, to family stress, to health stress. Mental/Psychological stress is also related to emotional stress, but it can be triggered very simply by someone cutting you off on the road while you're driving to work in the morning. Your brain is constantly receiving these stimuli of stress, creating a cascade of responses and reactions in your body. How well does your body adapt to these stimuli? How healthy do you think you are? How well do you cope with these stressful situations? Did you know that the state of your spine determines how well your body functions and how well you adapt to your environment?
It's a consistent practice to live your life making healthy choices to help you better able to cope with stress, sleep well, feel energised, and clear-headed. Making healthy choices involves knowing what you want and what you need. Regular chiropractic care is an important part of sustaining and supporting a healthy life. I'll be bold and say that everyone can benefit from regular chiropractic adjustments at some point in their life. The younger you are, the better.
It's general knowledge that the younger you start something, the better the outcome will be (most of the time.) How does chiropractic care help you be at your healthiest? Well, if the nervous system controls everything in the body, which includes the brain and the spine, then doesn't it make sense to take care of that part of your body, always? It has been shown that children and babies who are receiving regular chiropractic care have improved health, stronger immune systems, fewer ear infections and common childhood ailments, as well as generally happier and able to cope with stressful situations.
Here are just a few examples of publications on chiropractic and children:
In my practice, I have many people who come in for their regular adjustments, not because they are in pain or mending a symptom. They come in to get adjusted because they know it helps their body function better. A chiropractic adjustment helps boost your immune system. Those nerves just behind your ears and wrap around your neck connect directly to your immune system and other major systems in your body. My practice members notice how much stronger their bodies feel, and how when everyone at work is feeling miserable, they are feeling well. Not only that, when you get adjusted regularly, you can rely on your efficient health because you know that your body is working at its highest potential.
So, how can you avoid getting sick, and stay healthy this season? Get your adjustments, even if you think you don't need it. Bring your kids in, and have their spines checked and adjusted as well. Your immune system is always working, and it's constantly scanning what enters into your body. Keep things boosted by getting adjusted. You'll have fewer colds, fewer aches and pains, and even if you do get ill, it'll probably be a milder version of what everyone else has around you.
Take care of your body. Make healthier choices. Sleep well. Eat well. Drink lots of H2O (especially around this time of year to counterbalance all the other liquids you consume).
And Get Adjusted.
Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year,
— Dr MaryAnne.