Tips for a Tip-Top Immune System: Reducing Physical Stress
Your immune system is constantly functioning to keep you healthy and when it’s not at 100%, it will give you a sign whether is be a runny nose, a cough or a sore throat.
The natural state of your body is to express health. If you are not expressing health; it means that something is interfering with your natural expression. This could be caused by physical, chemical or emotional stress.
Recent studies have shown that there are some simple tools we could be utilizing that may help to strengthen your immune system and keep you from getting sick. So let’s look at how physical stressors can be impacting on your immune system, because let’s face it; no one wants to get sick.
Tips for Tackling Physical Stressors:
Physical stress can often be hard to avoid, no one plans to have falls, accidents, injuries or other types of trauma, however there are some things in life that are under our control.
If we were meant to stay in one place we’d have roots instead of feet!
The human body is made to move. Daily exercise is of vitally important when it comes to removing toxic waste products from our bodies.
Exercise promotes normal and healthy circulation of blood as well as lymphatic flow. Your lymphatic system is the janitorial system of the body (it cleans up all the waste) and is integral in optimal immune system function. Exercise and movement improves circulation; white blood cells and other lymphocytes within bloodstream pick up waste products, your blood is then filtered through your kidneys and this waste is excreted. This basically means that improving blood flow improves our bodies ability to get rid of waste products including the pathogens that can make us “sick”.
Another important way in which we get rid of waste in our body is through our skin via sweat, which can also be achieved by… EXERCISE and MOVEMENT!
Exercise is good; excessive exercise is not. Over training and over reaching can actually lower your immune system and put your body under more physical stress. Although we want to encourage exercise and movement when we are fighting illness sometimes less is more. This is because our immune system is taking up a vast supply of your energy and redirecting it towards the healing process. During this period you may feel tired and it’s important to rest, I recommend moving your body in a way that is going to help not hinder you. This is the time to get outside and go for a leisurely walk, practice yoga or simply just stretch, don’t push yourself to go for a 10km run or feel guilty for not doing a big weights session at the gym.
Listen to your body, it’s smart.
Our body is designed to express health, it is self-healing and self-regulating. This can often be compromised when physical stress affects our body, brain and nervous system.
When physical, chemical or emotional stress builds in the body is can impact our nervous system and interfere with the messages coming from the brain to the body. Chiropractic helps assist your brain and nervous system to communicate with your body. When our nervous system is under stress it causes interference with the way in which the brain and body are communicating. When the body has this interference it cannot function optimally (that includes your immune system).
If you’re sick of getting sick and want to know more we would love to help. We would love to hear from you, if you would be interested in learning more we would love to help. Here at Global Chiropractic we are passionate about caring for the individuals and families of our community in order for them to achieve their best health.
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