How to Boost Immunity and Not Fear the Flu!

Pentz Family Chiropractic Summerville SC Life Center Chiropractor No to Flu_nWhy do we fear the ‘flu season’ every year? Is there really a virus that comes out of hibernation every winter to prey on the unsuspecting? Unlikely. Though year after year the instances of viral and bacterial infections rises through the colder months.

As Americans, especially, 85% of our population could be classified as ‘less than healthy’, in reference to immunity to foreign invaders. Immunity suppressants can manifest as stress, lack of exercise, nutrition in the form of prepackaged meals, environmental pollution including the water we drink, etc. Immune system invaders are everywhere.

An American lifestyle is a fast-paced, high-pressure system that creates increased demands on our time – making us age faster and keeping us chronically inflamed. Excessive use of antibiotics as medicine and in our foods, pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, chronic mental stress, all challenge the anti-inflammatory organs and functions of the body, thus once again, depressing our immune system.

What are we to do? What we should do to keep ourselves healthy!

  • Get plenty of sleep to recharge and repair the body
  • Eat your veggies – Supporting the gut means supporting the immune system
  • Incorporate foods for their function
    • Yogurt (probiotic, acidophilus and bifidobacter preferred)
    • Oats (rich in beta glucans)
    • Garlic (contains allican)
    • Seeds, nuts and their oils (has minerals such as zinc and selenium)
    • Whole grains (wealth of B vitamins)
    • Colored fruits and vegetables (rich in beta carotene, vitamins A, C, and E)
    • Fresh wild fish (supplies essential fatty acids, Vitamin D and coenzyme Q-10)
    • Herbs and spices (echinacea, elderberry, ginseng, astraglus, bayberry, hawthorn, licorice root, red clover, tumeric, ginger, golden seal, black cumin seed, etc.)
  • Drink plenty of water so that your fluid systems can run at optimum effectiveness
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Reduce exposure to toxic chemicals and drugs
  • Adequate exercise and elimination of chronic stress will improve your immune status significantly!
  • Get your spine adjusted! – Removing pressure from the spinal nerves by aligning the vertebrae allows the nervous system to function optimally. Research over 3 years showed Chiropractic patients to have a 200% greater immune competence than people who had not received Chiropractic care.

Create Health and Create Resistance!

Berg, J. and Baker, K. (2014) ‘Autoimmunity and the Gut’; Fulop, J. (2014) ‘Disease, Health and the Human Microbiome’. NDNR; www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21446353

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What Pro-Athletes Know That We Don’t?

Top athletes and performers challenge their physical and mental limits everyday. They don’t wait until they get sick or injured to take care of themselves. They fine tune their bodies regularly with Chiropractic lifestyle care.

   A recent study found that athletes who participated in regular Chiropractic care enjoyed a 10% improvement in their overall performance time and results compared to athletes who were not under chiropractic care. World-class athletes like Lance Armstrong, Roger Craig, Emmitt Smith, the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team and others know that Chiropractic care can give you the extra edge you need in your athletic performance and in life.  In fact, many amateur and professional athletes would not even consider competing without first being adjusted by their Chiropractor. Olympic gold medalist, Dan O’Brien said, “You obviously can’t compete at your fullest if you’re not in alignment.  Chiropractic is essential for my training.Pentz Family Chiropractic Usain Bolt Gets Adjusted

   A 10% improvement in athletic performance is a huge amount for an athlete or for anyone. Just think about it. 10% can mean the difference between running a 10 second hundred-meter dash or an 11 second hundred-meter dash. For a runner it could mean winning the race versus not even making the team.

   What if your immune system functioned 10% better and you got 10 % better sleep? Chiropractic can help you heal quickly, maximize your athletic potential and make the most of your training. On the other side of the coin, what if your spine had a subluxation, spinal injury with nerve pressure, and your body functioned 10% worse?

   With the right support team in place, pro-athletes, and young athletes alike, can increase their performance while they maximize their future health potential.

   Research has shown that spinal nerves are much more susceptible to pressure than previously thought.  A University of Colorado study concluded that only 5-10mm of mercury pressure (about the weight of a dime) can reduce nerve transmission while the stretching of a nerve by as little as 6% can decrease its strength by up to 70%. Unbalanced spines lead to increased incidence of sports injury and disc degeneration while also affecting the function of your entire body.

Coaches, athletes, and doctors are realizing that pain-killing drugs are not the answer to sports-related injuries. They merely cover up the symptoms, deceiving the athlete into actions which could make the injury more serious.

   Chiropractic lifestyle care can get you in the best health possible.  These check ups will ensure that your spine is growing and developing in a healthy, balanced way without pressure on the nerves or spinal cord.

   Too many amateur and professional athletes are sidelined with injuries that could be avoided. Others sit it out on the bench because their injuries are not responding to common treatments. Still others are playing, but at less than peak efficiency, simply because their spine is out of balance.

Make Chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle today. If your body were functioning at a 10% higher level, the difference over time would be extraordinary!!

Pentz Family Chiropractic Life Center located in beautiful Summerville, South Carolina (843) 879-9824 pentzfamilychiropractic.com