Spring into Health!

With spring around the corner, this is the time of year most people get more active, eat better and feel more healthy. So do you consider yourself in the best health possible? Most people think that by feeling good, their body is fine and probably in the best condition it can be. However, this is not completely true. The reason being, symptoms unfortunately don’t tell us everything. Feeling pain or discomfort is a good indication that our body is not functioning well but sometimes we feel no pain or have no symptoms at all, therefore leaving us with no indication that our body is not in perfect health.

The nervous system is an important part of our body and tells us a lot about our health. The brain and spinal cord are the two most important parts of the body. The spinal cord is incased in bones called vertebrae, which protect the cord. Our nerves exit the spinal cord from between the vertebrae. These nerves run to every part of our body carrying information to and from the brain. This is how the brain communicates with our whole body.

Everyday movement and stress can cause these vertebrae to become rotated or moved out of their natural location. This can cause the nerves to be choked or impinged, which may depress or reduce their function. This is called a Subluxation. The pressure on the nerve can cause a reduction in the amount of information that the nerves can send out to their target organs, therefore possibly decreasing the functions of these organs or other parts of the body. This can occur without any pain or symptoms and at any time.

In order to restore these vertebrae back to their proper position, for the nerves to fully function again, and the body to return to its highest level of health, chiropractic care is required. Chiropractors use various hand adjustments to return the vertebrae back to its correct position. There are many types of adjustments ranging from low force techniques, which use very little force and pressure on the patients’ body to quick force adjustments. Through these adjustments, the nerves are once again allowed to function at their best.

Most people go to the dentist every six months to keep their teeth healthy, but don’t get their spine checked regularly, which has a greater impact on the bodies overall health. By seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis and making sure your spine is in proper alignment and functioning well, you can ensure a better, healthier and longer life.

15 Ways to Supercharge Your Immune System

With the cold weather approaching, it is very important for us to learn ways to naturally boost our immune system and keep ourselves healthy.

  1. Optimize Your Vitamin D Level. Vitamin D has been shown to be essential for a healthy and active immune system. Vitamin D allows your body to activate the immune system to any viral response, therefore allowing your body to fight against any virus. Since Vitamin D is naturally found in sardines, salmon, breast milk as well as sunlight, this is the most natural way to keep your body healthy without any side effects.
  2. Drink Lots of Water. Drinking water allows your body to flush out different toxins and also keeps your mucus membranes moist to fight against viruses.
  3. Get Adequate Sleep. Our bodies heal best when we rest. Putting your body in a state of exhaustion, stops your body from healing, and can cause illness.
  4. Get Adequate Exercise. Exercise helps your body boost your immune system, and therefore helps fight against viruses and bacteria that may enter your body.
  5. Take Actions to Lower Your Stress Levels. Stress tends to lower your immune systems functioning. Therefore by lowering your stress you can increase your body’s ability to keep healthy.
  6. Wash Your Hands Frequently. Washing your hands or using hand sanitizer is a great way to keep yourself clean and healthy. When purchasing a hand sanitizer, make sure the active ingredient is ethanol or isopropanol, at a percentage over 60.
  7. Avoid Sugar and Processed Foods.Sugars and processed food can decrease your immune systems function dramatically.
  8. Eat Phytonutrient Rich Meals (lots of colorful salads and dark greens). Phytonutrients serve as antioxidants and enhance immune system function.
  9. Eat Lots of Garlic. Garlic works as a broad spectrum antibiotic within the body.
  10. Take a Probiotic Daily (look for one with 10-20 billion organisms). A strong immune system relies heavily on having a strong foundation in the gut.
  11. Keep a Supply of Antiviral Herbal Supplements on Hand. Echinacea is one of the best general herbal remedies against viruses. Echinacea destroys viruses & boosts the immune system naturally.
  12. Eat a Healthy Balanced Diet. It is very important that our body receives nutrients from all the food groups to keep us healthy and strong. Eating on time is also crucial to staying healthy.
  13. Take 1-2 Grams of Fish Oils Daily. Fish oils are beneficial for immune function and boost the body’s overall immunity.
  14. Take 2+ Grams of Vitamin C Daily. Vitamin C increases the production of infection-fighting white blood cells and prevents the entry of viruses.
  15. Get adjusted on a regular basis. Research shows that Chiropractic adjustments boost your immune system 60%-200%!

Use these 15 tips to help boost your immune system and keep your family healthy during this winter season.