Today we’re dealing with various forms of stress and viruses that can compromise our immune systems. Chiropractic medicine focuses on helping individuals overcome these stressors to maintain a healthy and balanced life. Besides chiropractic adjustments, healthy life choices that include diet are essential to living at an optimal level. Here are three nutritional tips that will help boost the immune system. The immune systems run their best when spinal misalignments are realigned and kept healthy. A proper diet can go a long way. This makes the immune system better equipped to ward off any contaminants/bacteria/germs that try to invade the body during day-to-day activities.
Vitamin D strengthens bones and teeth by helping the body absorb calcium. Those with too little vitamin D can develop soft, thin, and brittle bones, a condition known as rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Vitamin D protects against many illnesses and chronic diseases like cancer. It improves the body’s natural response to bacterial infections and helps increase the production of antimicrobial peptides, which are crucial in strengthening the immune system.
Calcium is a primary building block for strong, healthy bones, especially the spine. Eating a diet rich in calcium can help prevent serious spinal problems, like spinal fractures and osteoporosis. Calcium supplements can fill the daily recommended amount but are not replacements for calcium-rich foods. If there is enough calcium in your diet, then supplements are unnecessary. Everyone’s health situation is different; consult a doctor or chiropractor on how much vitamin D is needed for optimal health. Daily recommendations are different and can be measured by age and sex.
Vegetables can be cooked or eaten raw. Quickly find what foods are in a vegetable group. Vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, and Brussels all produce chemicals that inhibit cancer cell growth and boost the body’s immune system. One way to ensure you get all your vegetables is through juicing or smoothies. New to juicing/smoothies, check out this resource on juicing vegetables.
Maintaining a healthy diet is vital to maintaining a strong, powerful immune system. One way to do this is to avoid/reduce alcohol. Research has proven that alcohol can cause immunodeficiencies, making us more susceptible to tuberculosis, bacterial pneumonia, and other communicable diseases. Although many people consume alcohol for recreational purposes, however, it is important to realize that alcohol is a drug that can poison and deplete the body of essential vitamins and minerals. No alcohol consumption equals a super-strong immune system. Visit the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism facts and statistics.
Considering making chiropractic rehabilitation part of your lifestyle, well, then you are definitely on the right track. What you can expect are many unbelievable health benefits that go beyond pain care. Chiropractic isn’t just for injury/s; it helps those who are healthy by keeping their bodies balanced! Think of it as a medical enhancement that should be included in regular healthcare maintenance. Take a look at these benefits.
Sleep is a huge problem, as people are not getting enough. According to the CDC, 1 in 3 adults do not get enough sleep. Chiropractic can help bring restful, restorative sleep. It is highly effective for insomnia. It helps relieve pain, relax, and improve overall wellness, thus allowing you to rest.
When your body is functioning at an optimal level, you feel better and have more energy. When the spine is misaligned, it impacts the entire body. When the body’s organs do not function properly, there can be soreness, stiffness, and tiredness. Regular chiropractic can turn it around and increase the body’s energy levels.
Regular chiropractic can help you build a strong immune system. Those who get chiropractic regularly are more resistant to illnesses than those who don’t. One study shows regular chiropractic treatments help to build a strong immune system. Just one more reason to book an appointment and set up a treatment schedule with your chiropractor. Talk to your chiropractor to learn more about nutrition to help build a stronger immune system. They can set up a custom treatment/health/exercise plan. If you’ve never been to one, give us a call. We will help guide you toward a healthy lifestyle through safe chiropractic wellness.
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