There is perhaps no topic of greater concern in today’s age than keeping your immune system strong. With a more intense focus on health and wellness becoming trendy, combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, people are now more worried than ever about their immune health. However, as a whole, the general population does not always know the best ways to keep our immune systems in tip-top shape. Here at Bare Chiropractic, we know that the best preventative method is to spread good advice, so here are a few ways to bolster your immune system against whatever it may throw at you.
How Your Immune System Works
Humans have three types of immunity: innate, adaptive, and passive. Innate immunity refers to things like the immune system itself and the skin on our bodies, which are natural defenses that most healthy people are born with. Adaptive immunity is the one that most people think of, which is when the body builds up immunity to diseases through time and exposure. Passive immunity is temporary immunity that is “borrowed” from some other source. Antibodies in a mother’s breast milk, for example, provide a baby with temporary protection against diseases that the mother has been exposed to.
Depending on who you talk to, you’ll get a myriad of ideas about how to stay at your healthiest. Here at Bare Chiropractic, we recognize that the body itself is capable of healing itself and promoting health and wellness from within. If you want to keep your immune system at its best, here are a few things you can do at home:
- Maintain a healthy diet by eating real foods, minimizing processed foods and sugar
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get the proper amount of sleep
- Don’t smoke or drink in excess
- Minimize mental and physical stress
- Practice proper hygiene
Chiropractic: the Hidden Helper
Chiropractors like Dr. Thomas Keogh know that by using chiropractic adjustments to realign the spine and repair any subluxations, they can support the development of a healthier body—one that can consistently care for itself. This is because the central nervous system, which is responsible for facilitating communication between the body and the brain, includes a long tube of bundled nerves called the spinal cord that—you guessed it—runs down the spine. A misalignment of the spine can interrupt the connection between these nerves and the rest of the body and cause problems with a wide array of functions, including the immune system. If you’d like to learn more about how chiropractic can improve your immune system function and positively impact your overall health, contact us or visit our office in Billings.
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