How Chiropractic Care Can Help Boost the Immune System

The immune system plays an important role in us staying healthy, as well as our body being able to function to its potential. Our immune system is the body’s defense mechanism to fight viral and bacterial infections. Made up of proteins, tissues, organs, and white blood cells which all work together to keep us healthy, the immune system fights against infectious organisms and prevents them from entering our bodies. It, however, relies on many factors in order to maintain ideal health including proper nutrition, regular exercise, sleep, good posture, and a healthy spine.

Chiropractic Care Has More Benefits than Treating Neck and Back Pain

Chiropractic care aides in the overall health, including aiding in our immune system. Since the spine is part of the central nervous system and the immune system is directly connected to our spine, keeping the spine in proper alignment allows all systems in the body to function more efficiently.

Spinal misalignments also known as subluxation can cause compression and irritation of nerve pathways, causing stress to the body which can lead to a weak immune response. Research has shown that nerve stimulation directly affects the growth and function of inflammatory cells and can result in various inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. If our nervous system is not functioning properly then the immune system cannot operate well, which makes our body susceptible to viruses, bacteria, chronic infections, and other illnesses that it can normally fight off. Studies have proven that chiropractic care can cause an immediate immune system boost as disease-fighting white blood cells increase significantly within minutes of a chiropractic adjustment.

When the spine is in its correct alignment, the body is more likely to operative at its best level because as the spinal column protects the body’s central nervous system, it facilitates communication between the body and the brain.

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Even though the cold winter months have passed and you may not be getting the common cold any time soon, it is still important to keep your immune system in check. Call Dr. Joseph R. Merckling of Merckling Family Chiropractic PC to get a chiropractic adjustment to give your immune system a boost at (631) 286-2300.

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Additional Immune Boosting Habits That Will Keep You Healthy & Strong:

Consume More Vitamin C

As a great antioxidant that is known for its cold and flu-fighting power, Vitamin C is sure to give your immune system a major boost. To get a little more Vitamin C, add foods like oranges, lemons, limes, leafy greens such as dark lettuce, kale, and spinach to your diet. Of course, you can also take Vitamin C in the form of a supplement if need be.

Exercise Regularly

Not only does regular exercise help you to maintain a healthy weight, keep blood sugar and blood pressure regulated, but it also helps keep the immune system healthy. Exercise gives your immune system extra help in fighting power and is one of the best ways to keep yourself healthier overall.

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