“I constantly feel run down. I have sinus trouble, congestion, headaches and always feel sick and tired. I know that pills are not the answer, so what can I do?”
The first thing to look at is what is causing the problem in the first place. One of the most common causes is that your nervous system and your body are not on the same page. If your body’s communication is poor then your ability to fight off infection is also decreased. Tension in your spine can cause Subluxation (pronounced Sub-lux-ation) also known as a disturbance to the nervous system.
Your body is constantly fighting off bacteria, viruses and even cancerous cells. The times when you experience illness is when your body is in a weakened state making a good environment for the bacteria or virus. A weakened immune system can occur for a number of reasons including fatigue, stress, vitamin deficiency, Subluxation, poor nutrition or from environmental toxins.
A solution to being sick and tired could be as easy as a trip to your Chiropractor. If your’ poor health is caused by tension to your nervous system then getting your spine checked and adjusted is a good solution. A Doctor of Chiropractic is trained to identify, locate and adjust areas of the spine that are Subluxated. Research from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College has shown that after a single Chiropractic adjustment the immunoregulator Interleukin 2 was elevated within 20 minutes of an adjustment. A second study from Life College of Chiropractic measured CD4 levels in subjects who were HIV positive. The study showed a 48% increase in CD4 levels with Chiropractic care.
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Get enough sleep. Adults require 7-8 hrs and children require 8-10 hrs per night. Loss of sleep increases your chance of illness. In addition to illness, sleep deprivation increases your risk of heart disease, ulcers, as well as death from any other cause.
Hold the sugar. Sugar has been shown to be an immunosuppressant. In addition to making you more vulnerable to illness, a diet high in sugar can lead to heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, and mood swings.
Talk about your problems. Keeping stressful situations internal has a dramatic effect on your health. It’s important that you have strong social support, be it a spouse, friend or family member.
Exercise daily. Daily exercise boosts immune system function. Try to do at least 15 minutes per day. Not only does exercise help the immune system, it reduces heart disease, increases energy and reduces mental stress.
Vitamins and supplements to note are Vitamin D, probiotics, zinc, Vitamin C and Omega 3 fish oil.
Hungerford Chiropractic & Wellness Center
Serving the greater Grand Rapids area; Standale, Walker, Wyoming, and Grandville
Grand Rapids, MI 49534