Are you ready to discover the key to less stress, better digestion, and fewer sick days?
Then it’s time to boost your immune system!
Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do with diet, exercise, and chiropractic care to support immunity.
In fact, chiropractors are a seriously underutilized tool in keeping the immune system strong, and soon you’re going to find out why.
You already know that the immune system fights harmful bacteria, but did you know that it also impacts every system in the body?
From your hormones to your heart, you need a healthy immune system to live your best life.
Not only that, but an underactive immune system can cause tumors, while an overactive immune system can trigger autoimmune diseases. (1)
In order to stay healthy, you want to be somewhere in between.
With the right diet and lifestyle choices, you can boost immunity and optimize your health.
What Is the Immune System?
The immune system is a network of white blood cells and organs that protect the body from foreign invaders and toxins.
These can include viruses, parasites, bacteria and fungi.
Under normal conditions, the immune system attacks the bad guys and leaves your healthy cells alone.
However, this doesn’t always go as planned…
Common Immune System Diseases
Unfortunately, sometimes the immune system can go a little haywire.
For example, an overactive immune system can turn your own body against you.
Ultimately, this can develop into a full-blown immune disorder, such as:
- Autoimmune diseases: These include conditions like ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBS). Instead of responding normally, the immune system causes inflammation that hurts healthy cells.
- Allergies: Allergies that trigger a severe reaction can cause the throat to swell shut. However, allergies can also cause less severe reactions, like asthma, dermatitis, and allergic rhinitis.
- Immune deficiency diseases: When the immune system reacts too slowly, you get sick. The most notorious immune deficiency disease is HIV/AIDS, but immunity can also be weakened by drug abuse and poor nutrition.
6 Signs of a Weak Immune System
So how do you know if you have a weakened immune system?
You might notice…
- Low energy
- Blood sugar issues
- Gaining weight easily
- Joint inflammation
- Gastrointestinal issues
As it turns out, immunity is closely linked to digestion.
If your gut is hurting, it can affect all areas of your life.
In fact, many of the tips in this article have to do with strengthening the gut, but more on that later…
For now, let’s take a closer look at your new secret weapon for boosting immunity: chiropractic care!
Can Chiropractic Care Really Boost Your Immune System?
Spinal musculoskeletal disorders have a widespread impact on the healthcare system.
Fortunately, recent research shows that spinal manipulation therapy can significantly affect the immune system (2)
Not only can chiropractic care reduce pain, but it can also help with the stress response.
Stress is strongly linked to inflammation, the root cause of most serious diseases.
Scientists first noticed the impact of chiropractic care on immunity way back in 1917, during the major flu epidemic that was sweeping the nation.
At the time, chiropractic patients had a 0.25 percent death rate compared to the normal rate of 5 percent (3).
Since then, researchers have learned more about how chiropractic care can boost immunity.
For example, one study from the National College of Chiropractic Care in Lombard, Illinois found that white blood cell counts increased just 20 minutes after a chiropractic adjustment (4).
Even better, chiropractic treatments can boost white blood cells in HIV-positive patients.
After six months of spinal adjustments, the chiropractic treatment group experienced a 48 percent increase in their white blood cell count, compared to an 8 percent decrease in the control group. (5)
Looks like it pays to get cracked!
How to Boost the Immune System with Diet and Nutrition
Don’t like the idea of getting your back cracked?
There are plenty of other ways to strengthen immunity.
Because the immune system is so closely connected to the gut, nutrition is the best place to start.
Here’s how to boost immunity with food:
1. Avoid Foods That Damage the Gut
Believe it or not, what you don’t eat is even more important than what you do.
Foods to avoid include:
- Sugar: Even natural sugar from fruit can damage the gut lining in large amounts. Actually, it doesn’t even take all that much. Mangos, for example, are total sugar bombs. Processed sugar, however, is completely out of the question. Candy, breakfast cereal, soda, condiments, and dressings are all gut inflammation waiting to happen.
- Processed foods: If it comes pre-packaged in the freezer aisle, it’s probably full of preservatives, fillers, and other non-organic compounds that can irritate the gut lining. Over time, these ingredients can compromise the immune system.
- Hydrogenated oils: Processed foods tend to contain hydrogenated oils like soybean, canola, safflower, and cottonseed oil. These are all pro-inflammatory and can weaken immunity. Instead, prepare your meals fresh with healthy oils like cold-pressed coconut and olive oil. Your immune system will thank you for it!
Unfortunately, the modern western diet is loaded with foods that wreak havoc on the gut.
This is bad news, because the gut lining is the first line of defense against pathogens in your food.
The problem is, the gut lining is only a single cell thick and unhealthy foods can damage it.
Ultimately, a weak gut lining allows inflammatory toxins to enter the bloodstream and negatively impact the heart, brain, and almost every other organ in the body.
2. Bone Broth
Bone broth is a superfood for gut health.
First off, bone broth is one of the best sources of collagen, a protein that repairs the digestive tract.
Not only does it support mucous production, but it also plugs holes and prevents undigested food from entering the bloodstream.
During digestion, collagen breaks down into gelatin, which is known to help with immune conditions.
That’s because it’s packed with healing amino acids like glutamine.
When it’s all said and done, bone broth can heal the gut in a jiffy.
3. Probiotic Foods
Probiotic foods contain bacteria that are great for the gut.
Some of the best probiotic foods for immunity are fermented vegetables like sauerkraut, gherkin pickles, and kimchi.
If you want to take your immune system to the next level, these probiotic foods can help.
The best part is, they taste delicious on gluten-free sandwiches!
Ginger has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to beef-up the immune system.
For starters, it boosts circulation.
At the same time, ginger helps the body break down toxins.
It also cleanses the lymphatic system: the network of tissues and organs that remove waste.
To top it all off, ginger contains potent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial compounds to fend off infectious diseases. (6)
5. Oregano Essential Oil
Oregano oil balances the gut microbiome and boosts immunity.
It’s especially good at getting fungal colonies under control and killing harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
In fact, oregano oil is so effective at killing germs that it can be used as an all-natural food preservative. (7)
How to Strengthen the Immune System with Lifestyle
Are you living a low-stress lifestyle?
Unfortunately, most people work too much and rest too little.
This is a recipe for getting sick!
Studies show that chronic stress can beat down the immune system. (8)
At the same time, it can make autoimmune diseases worse.
Don’t let stress weaken your immune system!
Instead, practice these stress-busting habits:
1. Quality Sleep
Stress management starts with restorative rest.
Did you know that sleep is when the body repairs itself?
When you go to bed, cerebrospinal fluid floods the brain and removes inflammatory toxins.
Brain inflammation is linked to anxiety, depression, autism, and even Alzheimer’s, just to name a few.
At the same time, your sex hormones get restored while you sleep.
This is extremely important for energy, anxiety, and a healthy immune system.
In fact, if you get less than six hours of sleep a night, you’re more than four times more likely to catch a cold! (9)
Exercise reduces stress and boosts energizing hormones like testosterone.
At the same time, it strengthens the immune system.
For example, a 2018 study found that high levels of physical activity can keep the immune system strong as you age. (10)
What’s more, you don’t even have to workout a lot in order to experience the benefits of exercise.
Believe it or not, 20-30 minutes a day, three days a week is all it takes to boost immunity.
Lately, there has been an explosion in studies surrounding meditation’s impact on health.
Early research indicates that meditation can calm the body’s stress response and reduce inflammation. (11)
Fortunately, both of these are great for the immune system.
But meditation isn’t just a shortcut to stress reduction, it’s also a cheat code for life.
By meditating just 10-20 minutes a day, you can improve your focus and enhance creative problem solving.
The next time life throws you a curveball, you’ll be ready!
If you have any more questions about how to boost immunity naturally, feel free to contact us at Complete Care Health Centers.
We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.