Feeling Under The Weather?
Our number 1 tip: If you’re feeling under the weather, don’t put off your chiropractic treatment; it supports your immune system so you can fight off that cold or flu bug! Studies show that people who received regular Chiropractic care over a five-year period had a 200% greater immune strength than those who had not received care. Here’s why…
Why you should get adjusted when you are ill –
Do you “catch a cold”? Or do you simply “succumb to it”? The difference between a few sneezes and sniffles for a day or two as you shrug off that lurgy, and a full-blown week in bed is… a healthy immune system.
Your nervous system controls your immune system and the two communicate through chemical messages.
When you are ill, your nervous system tries to ward off disease and infection by stimulating the immune response.
But nerve interference can inhibit the communication between the nervous system and immune system; reducing the immune response and limiting your ability to fight infection.
Chiropractic care focuses on detecting and removing nerve interference, allowing the body to heal naturally.
We have long known about the link between Chiropractic care and a strong immune system, and more and more studies are proving this link:
- It has been shown that Chiropractic enhances your immunity by significantly increasing the function and activity of certain white blood cells (T cells) which fight off infection.
- In another study, people who received regular Chiropractic care over a five-year period had a 200% greater immune strength than those who had not received care. Additionally the Chiropractic group showed a 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer or other serious diseases.
- Chiropractic care, focused on reducing stress, can reduce cortisol levels. Cortisol is the stress hormone which shuts down your immune system, so less stress means a stronger immune response.
Five steps to staying well this winter:
Get regular Chiropractic adjustments – ESPECIALLY when you are feeling under the weather.
Ensure you get adequate sleep (7-8 hours per night) as this is when your body repairs and re-energises itself for the next day.
Exercise regularly, but not too hard. Rest only when a cold affects your throat or lungs. A runny nose should not stop you staying fit – just shorten your workouts and increase your rest and recovery.
Eat as well as you can – it’s crazy that we drink too much alcohol and eat too many sweets, just when we need more fresh food and less sugar! We recommend you supplement with a good multivitamin, vitamin D and occasional vitamin C. If under more stress than usual, then supplements such as Echinacea can be added.
Get as much sun or daylight as possible.
Dr Mark Fairclough