Chiropractic: The Key to a Healthy Immune System
By Sara Butler
Optimal health is something that many chiropractic patients want to attain with the help of a chiropractor. One key to living your best and healthiest life is to have an immune system that is functioning at its very best. Here are some simple ways you can help to keep your immune system working well and how chiropractic can help.
You Are What You Eat
If you want a healthy immune system, one of the first places you have to start is your diet. Avoiding foods high in refined sugars that don't have any nutritional value, such as candy and other desserts, takes the place of nutrients your body actually does need to function at its very best.
Refined sugar also plays a role in chronic inflammation, which can weaken the immune system and make a person more susceptible to chronic health issues down the road.
You should eat a diet that is full of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains in order to keep your body and immune system healthy. Probiotics are also something to keep tabs on in your diet since they support a healthy gut. Why is a healthy gut so important? Because studies have shown that a healthy gut directly impacts the health of the immune system. Make sure to include foods like yogurt in your diet for some healthy probiotics.
See the Chiropractor
Your central nervous system, composed of your brain and spinal cord, is the system that controls every single thing in your body, including the immune response. The chiropractor can help to ensure your central nervous system is working at its best by finding and treating joint dysfunctions that may be impacting how well the central nervous system can work.
Stress is something you have to keep in check, otherwise, it can wreak havoc on your health -- including your immune system.
When you're under stress, your body releases a hormone called cortisol. In the short term, this is no big deal. However, if you are stressed out a lot and don't find a healthy way to deal with it, all the cortisol in your system can eventually cause issues with your blood pressure and even your blood sugar, which can impact how well your immune system functions. Talk to the chiropractor about healthy outlets for stress in your life.
If you'd like more advice about keeping your immune system healthy, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Nashville, Tenn.