The Key to Super Immunity

Written By Chiropractic Health and Wellness on December 10, 2014

The Keys to Super Immunity

Hardly a day goes by that we do not hear about the ebola epidemic or flu season and, more recently, the ineffectiveness of the current flu vaccine.  These infections are certainly scary and do make us think about whether we are prepared as individuals and as a society to deal with an outbreak of either.  

It has often been said in regard to sports and other endeavors that, “the best defense is a good offense”, and that statement was never truer than when we talk about preventing infection.  Your immune system is a complex and finely tuned defense mechanism that becomes activated and vigorously attacks foreign invaders when it detects them and perceives them as a threat.  This system has many layers, facets and interdependencies that have evolved over the course of millions of years to enable our species to survive in the face of myriad threats.  

It is a fact that our current lifestyle is significantly different than that of our ancestors and has created a mismatch between our genetics and the way we live.  One of the results of this mismatch is that there are aspects of our lifestyle that significantly reduce the competency of our immune function.  With that being said, I would like to suggest that you consider some of the following in order to establish and maintain a state of super immunity.

1)    Get a bit sun shine each day.  Vitamin D is produced in your body in response to sun exposure and Vitamin D plays a critical role in regulating immune function.  In climates such as ours it is difficult to get enough sun exposure to produce the necessary amounts of Vitamin D. One solution is to supplement with Vitamin D3 each day.  You can either get a blood test or simply take up to 5,000 units per day.
2)    Normalize your gut flora.  It is estimated that 80% of your immune system is concentrated around your gut (your intestines) and the health and integrity of the immune system is closely tied to the health and balance of the ecosystem in your gut.  That ecosystem contains approximately 100 trillion organisms such as bacteria, viruses, yeasts and fungi.   The standard American diet, the proliferation of antibiotics and our attempts to create a “sterile” environment around us have resulted in a significant imbalance in our gut ecology.  Add more fresh fruits and vegetables, cut out processed foods, add more fermented foods like sauerkraut, yogurt, pickles and, finally, supplement your diet with probiotic supplements each day.
3)    Reduce your refined sugar and grain intake.  Refined sugar interferes with your cells’ uptake of vitamin C and decreases the ability of your white blood cells to fight off invading organisms.
4)    Engage in regular physical exercise.  Regular physical exercise has been shown to reduce stress hormones and dramatically boost immune function.
5)    Get more sleep.  It is probably too obvious to mention, but sleep deprivation puts tremendous stress on the body as a whole and your immune system in particular.  One of the keys to super immunity is to get at least 7 hours of quality sleep each night.
6)    Get adjusted regularly.  Your nervous system and immune system are closely linked.  Things which reduce stress on your immune system also facilitate immune function. Chiropractic adjustments, in addition to other benefits, reduce stress on the nervous system and change brain chemistry in a way that facilitates immune functions.  Most people experience significant improvement in immune function with regular chiropractic adjustments.

These simple actions are all things that a person can do.  Do one of them or do all of them and experience better health and the benefits of super immunity.

-Dr.Tim Fargo
December 9th, 2014

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