The immune system has one main function: to keep the body healthy. This is done through toxin neutralization, preventative measures, and infection control when necessary. The system is quite complex, involving specific blood cells, the lymphatic system, and organs like the skin, spleen, liver, thymus, and blood marrow.
The body’s ability to coordinate a proper immune response comes down to the ability to detect an invasion and mount the correct response via both hormonal and neural inputs. When symptoms of fever, swelling, lethargy and more occur from a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, this typically means the immune system is hard at work to restore homeostasis and health.
The immune system can also lead to health problems when it is overactive. Autoimmune disease occurs when the body is unable to recognize its own cells. Instead, they are identified as foreigners and attacked. What disease occurs depends on which cells are attacked. Common autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.
Ways to Boost Immunity
There are many ways to naturally boost the immune system, these include:
- A balanced, nutrient dense diet (high in fruits and vegetables), especially vitamin C
- Vitamin D (via sun exposure or supplements).
- Adequate daily hydration.
- Getting enough high quality sleep.
- Good hygiene, including regular hand washing (no need for antibacterial soap).
- Food hygiene, such as thorough cooking of meats and rinsing of produce.
- Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption.
- Healthy weight management.
- Proper stress management and good mental health.
Other potential ways to build immunity include vaccinations and supplements. Additionally, holistic care has been shown to aid the immune system including massage therapy, cognitive therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic. These options all optimize full body function and synchronicity.
How Chiropractic May Help with Building the Immune System
Ideal Spine’s expert-backed results-oriented Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach may help maximize immune function through proper spinal alignment. When spinal misalignment occurs, nerve energy is blocked and affects the body’s ability to detect and manage potential foreign invaders that we come in contact with.
Immunity organs like the spleen and lymph nodes have direct inputs from the nervous system. Any communication breakdown due to poor nerve flow can vastly limit the body’s immune response. Plus, neural dysfunction can also put unnecessary stress on the body, another immunity weakener.
CBP chiropractors are specially trained to restore balance and function to the spinal cord and nerves. With better equilibrium, all of the body systems should be able to work in a coordinated and efficient manner.
Whether it’s flu season or not, a boost for the immune system is always welcome. Talk to a chiropractor about the benefits of treatment such as adjustments, soft tissue therapy, exercise, stretching, and education and how they may ultimately build your immune system.