Strengthen Your Natural Immunity for the Upcoming Flu Season

Strengthen Your Natural Immunity for the Upcoming Flu Season

It's that time of the year again, flu shots are on the market as the colder months are quickly approaching. The flu shot has become the most promoted method for defending your body against the flu, but we want to show you that taking a more natural route towards preparing your body for any unwanted viruses can be just as effective.

Chiropractic Adjustments

The nervous system and immune system are hardwired to work together to create optimal responses for the body to adapt and heal appropriately. Subluxation is the term for misalignments of the spine that cause compression and irritation of nerve pathways affecting organ systems of the body. Subluxations are an example of physical nerve stress that affects neuronal control.

According to researchers, neural dysfunctions due to subluxations are stressful to the body and cause abnormal changes that lead to a poorly coordinated immune response and increased susceptibility to a variety of diseases. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to boost the coordinated responses of the nervous system and immune system.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a super power when it comes to preventing the flu and other illnesses you may come in contact with this winter. Vitamin D has a direct boosting effect on virus-killing immune cells called CD8 T cells. These are incredibly important for overall immune function. When you can, enjoy some sunshine for a few minutes a day. On days that may be challenging to soak up sunlight, whether that be due to weather or work, consider taking a Vitamin D supplement. An estimated 85% of individuals are Vitamin D deficient, so it’s vital to keep your levels in check.

Healthy Nutrition & Exercise

Refined sugars and overly processed foods can weaken your immune system and should be avoided as much as possible. Fresh vegetables and fruit, as well as probiotics are very beneficial, and should be consumed daily.  Spinach, Broccoli, Cucumbers, Blueberries, Yogurt, Green Tea, Kombucha, Turmeric and Garlic are just a few foods that contain nutrients beneficial to your immune system. Regular exercise at least 3-5 times a week will help give a boost to your immune system as studies show that exercise increases the circulation of immune cells in your blood. If you feel yourself starting to get sick or feel a cold coming on, try drinking this health drink once a day. The apple cider vinegar and honey are a powerful healing combination. This drink is especially great for sore throats, digestive issues, joint pain or inflammation, and increased energy. Health Drink 1/2 - 1T Apple Cider Vinegar 1/2 - 1T Honey 8oz Glass of Water Boil water, then transfer to a cup/mug. Pour in apple cider vinegar and honey. Stir to combine, then the drink is ready to consume!  
“Text Neck” Epidemic

“Text Neck” Epidemic

Do you frequently use a smartphone, laptop, tablet, iPad, or computer? Then this article applies to you. Millions of Americans spend hours every day looking at their smartphones, working on their laptops, staring at a computer, and in general, looking down. This daily action of hunching over devices has lead to what some are considering to be an epidemic called "Text Neck."  And yes, that really is the name of the condition. These technological devices have done many great things for us in terms of making daily tasks easier, communication faster, and work more efficient.  However, they've had the opposite affect on our bodies. The constant act of looking down and rounding your shoulders adds extra pressure, stress, and strain on your body, which destroys your posture and damages your overall health.    Did you know that when your head is upright in proper alignment, it weighs about 12 lbs? And, for every inch that comes forward, an additional 10 lbs of head weight is added to your spine? Text Neck Image   That 42 lb head looks pretty uncomfortable! Unfortunately, this is the direction many of us are "headed" if we don't do something to fix the issue. As you can imagine, that kind of extra weight over time can wreak havoc on your spine, which in turn will cause a number of health issues to arise. Many of these issues can include:
  • Spinal Degeneration
  • Headaches
  • Pinched Nerves
  • Muscle Tension
  • Numbness/Tingling in Hands
  • Vocal Cord Strain
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Fatigue
  • Stressed Shoulders
Do any of those sound familiar? If so, then you most likely have experienced "Text Neck." The good thing is, there are easy steps you can take to avoid these issues.  Here are some of our best recommendations:
  1. Get adjusted regularly by your chiropractor. It's really the best way to actually bring your head and neck back up to proper alignment where they should be. At our Nashville chiropractic office, we work to bring back the proper curvature in your neck by administering specific chiropractic adjustments to necessary areas.
  2. When using any kind of smartphone, laptop, computer, etc., keep the device at eye level, so you don't have to bend or hunch forward.
  3. If your job requires you to work at a computer all day, get up from your desk and move around frequently.  If you can, try to stretch and move at least every hour if not more.
  4. Tuck your chin into your your chest to look down, instead of dropping your entire head forward. Always sit up straight with shoulders back and chest out.
  5. The BEST thing you can do to avoid this issue, is limit your time spent on these devices. Simply looking up may do wonders for not only your body, but also your life in general.  Think about how much you miss going on around you, by looking down.  We could write an entirely different article just on that topic alone, but the main point here is that your body will thank you and you will physically feel much better after taking a break from technology.
If you have any questions regarding "Text Neck" feel free to give us a call at 615-915-1255. Our Nashville chiropractic team is here to help! If you'd like to come in to the office to talk with our chiropractor about the best options for dealing with this issue, schedule a free consultation today!   Sources: "Preventing Text Neck." American Chiropractic Association. Journal of the American Chiropractic Association, 1 Sept. 2011. Web. 17 July 2015. <www.acatoday.org>.          
Allergy Season is Upon Us!

Allergy Season is Upon Us!

It’s that time of the year again, where many of us experience those lovely symptoms of allergies; coughing, sneezing, runny noses, itchy eyes, etc..  You are probably aware that there are countless medications available for you to relieve these irritable symptoms, however we’re here to show you a more natural approach to relieving your discomfort.

 

What are Allergies?

To understand how to relieve allergies, it’s best to know exactly what you’re dealing with first. So, what is an allergy? An allergy occurs when your immune system reacts abnormally to a particular foreign substance, such as fur, pollen, dust, or certain foods, that your body has become oversensitive to. Why do some people react abnormally and others don’t? Your body is designed to generally keep out foreign substances with its natural defense mechanisms. If these substances make it past the general line of defense, then your body goes into alert mode. When your immune system is lowered and working too hard, it can’t keep those allergens out. Thus, the coughing, sneezing, mucus, tears, etc. begin as part of your body’s way of clearing out the unwanted junk that has entered your system.

Typical Treatments for Allergies

Typical treatments for allergies usually involve over-the-counter or prescription medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, eye drops, nasal sprays, etc. While these medications ease the symptoms of allergies and make them more tolerable, the problem is they do just that and nothing else. These medications don’t go to the source of the problem for what’s causing the allergies in the first place; they simply mask your symptoms.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help with Allergies?

As you all know, chiropractic care works to remove interferences in your nerve system. When those interferences are removed, your body is able to function better in general. Your immune system can greatly benefit from regular chiropractic adjustments because your immune system is regulated and maintained by your nerve system. A healthy immune system can combat foreign substances much more effectively, which will decrease your chance of allergies.

For Instant Relief, Try These Natural Remedies

Regular chiropractic care over time has helped many dissolve their allergies, but if you’re looking to experience some instant relief, we recommend taking a more natural approach first and save the drugs as a last resort. Here are some of our tips for natural remedies:
  • Neti Pot: This is great to use as a nasal decongestant. You basically combine warm filtered water and salt in the pot and then simply tilt your head to the side and pour the mixture through one nostril until it flows out the other. Repeat the process on the opposite side.
  • Bee Pollen: If you’re not highly allergic to bees, try taking bee pollen. Bee pollen is a great superfood packed with protein, antioxidants, and vitamins. It’s been shown to reduce histamine and has been effective for respiratory diseases such as asthma or chronic sinus infections.  It’s best to buy local bee pollen so you develop immunity to the plants in your area.
  • Steam with Eucalyptus Oil: Another great way to clear the nasal passages. A simple way to do this is to boil some water, pour it into a bowl with a few drops of eucalyptus oil, and drape a towel over your head, and breath deeply for 5 to 10 minutes.

If you ever have any questions regarding your allergies and how chiropractic care may be of help, don’t hesitate to ask! Give us a call at 615-915-1255. Spring is a beautiful time of year that you deserve to enjoy allergy-free!

 

Sources:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20677556,00.html http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=30 http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12765/how-bee-pollen-could-cure-your-allergies.html  
Give Your Heart Some Love

Give Your Heart Some Love

Heart disease is our Nation’s #1 Killer and costs Americans billions of dollars each year. A number of factors contribute to this deadly disease ranging from family history and genetics to lifestyle choices such as stress, poor nutrition, excessive weight, smoking, and lack of physical activity. In honor of February being American Heart Month, we are providing some essential tips for boosting heart health and improving your overall well-being. We encourage you to take a proactive approach and give your heart some love by incorporating these tips into your life. You’ll without a doubt feel absolutely amazing. Do your heart some good; you deserve it.  

Maintain Regular Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care may be very beneficial in our fight against heart disease. Studies conducted have shown that specific adjustments administered to the Atlas vertebra can significantly lower high blood pressure. Other studies show that specific adjustments of the bones in your neck and lower back can stimulate particular nervous system reflexes, causing a decrease in overall heart rate and blood pressure. Also, chiropractic care has been known to reduce stress in your body, which significantly helps promote heart health. While chiropractic care is incredibly beneficial, these results do not just stem from receiving one adjustment. Maintaining regular chiropractic care is absolutely key to seeing long-term results with your health.

Reduce Your Sugar Intake

Did you know a diet high in added sugar can raise your risk of dying from heart disease even if you aren’t overweight? Too much processed sugar is detrimental to your health and many Americans consume mass amounts far over the recommended limit every year. Our largest sources of added sugar are acquired from sweetened beverages such as sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks. The next biggest sources include baked goods such as cookies and cakes, ice cream, candy and even some cereals. Studies have shown that sugar-laden foods can raise your blood pressure and also cause your liver to deposit more harmful fats into your bloodstream, both of which increase your risk of heart disease. What’s the recommendation for cutting back? The American Heart Association recommends women consume less than 6 tsp. of sugar in a day and that men consume less than 9 tsp. per day. We recommend eliminating added sugars whenever you can. If you have massive sugar cravings, try substituting natural fruit to curb the craving. Your body and heart will love you so much more!

De-Stress Your Life

 Easier than it sounds right? We completely understand the various avenues stress can stem from and how challenging it can be to keep those stresses under control. However, stress is one of the biggest factors contributing to your heart health, so it’s vital that you incorporate certain actions every day to keep your stress levels in check. Provided below are a couple of easy activities we suggest to maintain minimal stress. Get outside. Everyday. Even if you can only get outside for a short amount of time, it’s better than none. Take a walk in a nearby park or simply sit outside during your lunch break and focus on breathing deeply and connecting with nature. It will reduce your stress hormones and help lower your blood pressure. Connect with your loved ones and friends. When you’re able to share your feelings and connect with the ones who bring you joy and happiness, it helps you work through many stresses you may be experiencing. Treat yourself to a massage every now and then. Massages help release the muscle tension in your body and break down unwanted toxins, while also relaxing and calming your mind. Massages are simply an amazing way to escape from your daily stresses and give your body and mind time to unwind without any distractions. We highly recommend treating yourself to a massage at least once a month.

Share this information with your loved ones! Regular chiropractic care combined with proper nutrition and positive lifestyle changes may just prove to be the most powerful ally in your fight against heart disease!

 
Sources:
Allen, M., & Secunda, B. (n.d.). Six Tips for a Healthy Heart. Retrieved February 7, 2015, from http://www.naturalhealthmag.com/health/six-tips-healthy-heart
Corliss, J. (2014, February 6). Eating too much added sugar increases the risk of dying with heart disease. Retrieved February 1, 2015, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/eating-too-much-added-sugar-increases-the-risk-of-dying-with-heart-disease-201402067021
DeNoon, D. (2007, March 16). Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure. Retrieved February 1, 2015, from http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/20070316/chiropractic-cuts-blood-pressure

The Winsor Autopsies

The Winsor Autopsies

Can an Unhealthy Spine Affect Internal Organs?

At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Henry Winsor conducted an experiment based on chiropractors' claim that by adjusting the vertebrae they can relieve stomach troubles, ulcers, menstrual cramps, thyroid conditions, kidney disease, constipation, heart disease, lung, and other diseases.  In this experiment, he dissected both human and animal cadavers to see if there was any relationship between any diseased internal organs discovered on autopsy and the vertebrae and nerves that went to the organs.  Dr. Winsor dissected 75 human and 72 cat cadavers.  He found nearly 100% correlation between minor curvatures of the vertebrae and diseases of the internal organs.   Vertebral Subluxation

Results of Dr. Winsor's study were the following:

Heart Disease All 20 cases with heart and pericardium conditions had the upper five thoracic vertebrae misaligned (T1-T5) Lung Disease All 26 cases of lung disease had spinal misalignments in the upper thoracic area Stomach Disease All 9 cases of stomach disease had spinal misalignment in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9) Liver Disease All 13 cases of liver disease had misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9) Gallbladder All 5 cases with gallstone disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9) Pancreas All 3 cases with pancreas disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9) Spleen All 11 cases with spleen disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9) Kidney All 17 cases with kidney disease were out of alignment in the lower thoracic area (T10-T12) Prostate and Bladder Disease All 8 cases with prostate disease had the lumbar vertebrae misaligned Uterus 2 cases with uterine conditions had the second lumbar misaligned  
Information from:  Winsor, H. Sympathetic segmental disturbances-II. The evidence association, in dissected cadavers, of visceral disease with vertebrae deformities of the same sympathetic segments, The Medical Times, November 1921, 49 pp./267-271