Getting sick is…normal?

Bottom Line: Believe it or not, getting sick is a body signal that your immune system isSick is normal working! Yes, you read that correctly. Every single day you encounter bacteria that could make you sick. Fortunately, when you come into contact with these germs, your immune system kicks in and starts fighting them off without you ever knowing. On rare occasions, when your immune system isn’t functioning at 100%, your body will give you a signal- like a fever or a runny nose, that sickness may be on the way. But, what if there was research showcasing how you could make a few simple changes and not only decrease your likelihood of getting sick, but also strengthen your immune system?

Why it Matters: You probably know someone who almost never gets sick. Are they built with a superhuman immune system? Probably not. Most people who rarely get sick are taking pro-active steps to keep their immune system in tip-top shape. And when your immune system is functioning correctly- it can fight off almost anything that it comes in contact with. By making smart choices with your diet, staying active, and getting enough rest, you can ensure your immune system remains strong. Also, emerging research has shown that chiropractic adjustments can also improve our ability to stay well!

Wealth in Health– Eat a healthy diet of vegetables and lean meats to boost your immune system

– Exercise daily to help your body (and mind) stay strong

– Stay adjusted to decrease stress and improve your overall well-being

 

Next Steps: February is the perfect time of year to take a few action steps and boost your immune system. A robust immune system will help you stay healthy and active, enjoying the things you love with the people you love.  And don’t forget to attend our upcoming health workshop where we will give you a custom-tailored plan to boost your immunity in 21 days!

Science Source:

Omega-3 fatty acids in inflammation and autoimmune diseases. The Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Dec 2002

Medline Plus. Exercise and Immunity. 2017

Glucose Metabolic Changes in the Brain and Muscles of Patients with Nonspecific Neck Pain Treated by Spinal Manipulation Therapy. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2017

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A Resolution For This New Years: Feel More Energized

Bottom Line: The best way to feel more energized? Stay active! Top research journals Walkhave shown that moderate exercise can increase your energy. A simple 10-15 minute walk can get your blood pumping and increase the oxygen coming into your body, helping you feel more energized and maybe even helping you shed a few extra pounds.

Why it Matters: Moderate exercise can help you feel energized by releasing endorphins, which make you feel happier, while contributing to a better quality of sleep. Additionally, exercise helps train the heart to work more efficiently. Immune systemUltimately, your immune system will also function better with consistent exercise. In other words, exercise can not only help you feel more energized, but it can reduce your likelihood of getting sick. And combining a moderate exercise routine with chiropractic care may be one of the best ways to stay healthy and energized all year long.

  1. ▪ Exercise releases endorphins which make us feel more energized and happier
  2. ▪ A simple 10-15 minute walk per day can improve your energy level by over 20%
  3. ▪ Regular exercise can help you sleep better and reduce your risk of getting sick

ScheduleNext Steps: Start with a simple calendar. Schedule at least three days per week that you can take a 10-15 minute walk. By putting the activity on your schedule, it’s more likely that you will follow through. Also, ask us about how chiropractic care may be able to keep you pain-free and on track with your exercise goals. We want to partner with you to make this year your healthiest and happiest year ever!

Science Source:

Sports Med. Endorphins and exercise. 1984

Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. February 2008

Your Nervous System

Neurons Connections LifeYour nervous system is mysterious. Scientists have yet to figure out what it’s saying. Human beings can go down to the bottom of the ocean, pick up a Trans-Atlantic fiber optic cable and tap into almost any conversation in any language, but we have yet to decipher a single nerve communication. The complexity of the nervous system remains elusive and it’s the source of your life or light of your life.

Complexity of Your Nervous System:

In your nervous system there are 100,000,000 neurons or biological wires that connect to 15,000 other biological wires. Giving you 1,500,000,000,000 (1.5 Trillion) connections in your nervous system. Each one of these neurons has a function in the body and that function can be reduced by 50% with 8mm of mercury pressure. To give you an example, when a storm rolls in and your uncle’s knee starts aching, that’s 50-120mm of mercury pressure change. Did you feel it change? This complexity of 1.5 trillion connections and the fragility of these tissues makes it hard to figure out the communications and functions of the nervous system.

Nerve Innate LightOn earth there are 4,770,000,000 cell phones. If every person had 319 contacts that they used daily, the cellular system would be as complicated as your central nervous system. As richmond hill chiropractors, we look at how the body is dysfunctioning and as we adjust vertebra that are misaligned we’re trying to relieve some of the pressure that’s causing the nerve to dysfunction. The slight pressure on 10,000 neurons makes it very hard to predict how the system will recover when the pressure is released because each of those neurons has different function.

Every person reacts differently because no two people are wired the same.  Our nervous systems function differently because of our experiences and injuries those experiences have caused. Every injury has caused scar tissue. The better we take care of those injuries, the less scar tissue. The more we medicate and disregard the healing process, the larger the scar tissue grows with every irritation to the injury.

Scar Tissue Spine

Chiropractic Care:

Under consistent neurological function care (aka chiropractic), injured tissue develops less scar tissue and maintains higher function at a neuronal level (neurons). This affects how you feel.

Health:

But if health were about how you feel, then the person on the most narcotics would be the healthiest. That’s a lie. Health is about function. If you function as close to 100% of your body’s ability, then how you feel is directly proportional to how you’ve taken care of it. At Palmer Chiropractic, we focus on the source of the communication dysfunction that’s keeping your nervous system from commanding and controlling your body to its optimum performance. Call 912-756-3433 to start your health care plan.

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