At this time of year, everyone seems to be getting sick! Whether we are overloaded at work, getting inadequate sleep, or having trouble adjusting to the weather changes, it doesn’t seem to take much to succumb to a simple viral infection. Our natural defences are being challenged daily by toxins and chemicals in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and even the products that are absorbed through the skin (such as shampoos and cosmetics). Antibiotics and antibacterial cleansers, meant to protect us, can also kill benign and beneficial bacteria, eroding our natural protection against more dangerous bacteria, viruses and fungi, and contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
Strengthening our immune system is our best defence against colds, flu, allergies, asthma, and even diseases such as cancer. Some simple steps to boosting immunity include: eating lots of fresh nutritious food (organic, raw, whole, grass-fed), taking a good quality probiotic, increasing water intake, avoiding smoking and excess alcohol, keeping phone handsets and keyboards clean and washing hands frequently; refraining from using “anti-bacterial” cleaners, and if you are not immune compromised, don’t be afraid of a cold. The more practice our bodies get fighting infections (rather than depending on vaccines or antibiotics), the stronger our immune systems become.
There is also a growing body of scientific research to support the contention that chiropractic adjustments may have a beneficial effect on the functioning of both the nervous and the immune system. Studies have even shown chiropractic adjustments reducing the need for medications and hospitalization for asthmatics and quadrupling CD-4 immune cell counts in HIV positive patients. So give your immune system a boost, and get adjusted regularly.