When the force field is in balance, it becomes activated. When that happens, you could be in an elevator full of sneezing people and still be protected from their germs.
But if one part of that system is out of whack, the force field will weaken, and you'll become more vulnerable to illness and infection.
A healthy immune system depends on more than washing your hands (although good hygiene is definitely an important factor in avoiding illness and infections). It requires a proactive approach to health and wellness.
Here are 7 ways you can boost your immune system so your body’s natural force field stays powered up and strong.
1. Eat Well
Researchers have long linked malnutrition with a spike in infectious diseases. People who live in poverty, with no access to healthy, nutritious food are more vulnerable to infection.
On the other hand, increasing consumption of antioxidants can help boost the immune system.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants that zap free radical chemicals. These chemicals, which wreak havoc on our cells, weaken our immune systems and spark diseases.
Look out for organic products that are free of hormones and antibiotics (which can compromise your immune system) whenever possible.
There are a number of reasons why your immune system benefits from physical activity.
Exercise is a great way to combat stress, which (as we'll see later on) has devastating effects on your body's ability to fend off viruses and bacteria.
Research has also shown that exercise can also increase the production of cytotoxin, an extremely important cell that helps boost the immune system.
Despite the proven benefits of exercise, this doesn't mean you can just go for a quick jog whenever you feel like you're starting to get sick. You need to workout consistently, which will allow your immunity to improve over time.
3. Get A Good Night's Sleep
Research shows that when you don't get enough sleep, you become more vulnerable to illnesses. That's partly why, when you're sick and your immune response kicks into gear, you tend to feel tired -- your body is actually seeking out the restorative benefits of sleep.
4. Reduce Stress
Cortisol, also known as the "fight or flight" hormone, affects our body's capacity to respond to infection and disease.
That's why people with high stress levels are more vulnerable to infection, plus other diseases like diabetes, cancer, and other issues.
Finding ways to decrease and avoid stress is a great way to boost the immune system.
5. Get Social
While we still don't know exactly why this is, there are a number of theories.
One theory is that when people are among friends and family members, they experience a rise in endorphins. These chemicals, which essentially control our happiness, counteract cortisol, boosting our immune system.
Another theory is that social interactions (including those with pets) lead to a significant increase in the production of an immune-boosting substance called immunoglobulin.
6. Stay positive
What these researchers are increasingly finding is that happiness and positivity can strengthen our immune systems -- contributing to healthier (and longer) lives.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing studies on this matter looked at the autobiographies of 180 young nuns, all of which lived in similar conditions.
The results were astonishing: nuns who wrote "happy" autobiographies, filled with positive emotions, lived significantly longer than those who focused on personal struggles.
7. See a Chiropractor
When vertebrae are out of alignment, they can exert pressure on adjacent nerves. This can disrupt the flow of vital messages through the body, including those pertaining to the immune system.
Chiropractors correct this misalignment -- known as a vertebral subluxation -- by doing safe and gentle maneuvers called chiropractic adjustments.
Realigning the spine helps nervous system work efficiently, which in turn supports a healthy immune system. The result: an increased resilience to disease and infection.
This healthy lifestyle, which we call the chiropractic lifestyle, promotes wellness by maintaining spinal integrity and spotlighting prevention.
Take control of your own health and contact us to schedule an appointment today.