Colostrum exists as one of the strongest immune-boosting substances in world. This potent form of breast milk delivers a vital immune system boost to newborn babies in the first 72 hours of life. The potency stems from a specific ingredient called IgA (ImmunoGlobulin A). Increased IgA in the blood and lymph tissue boosts immunity throughout the entire body. The body fends off infections with ease with the presence of increased levels of IgA.
What Influences Immune System
Proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep all positively influence adequate IgA levels. A study from 2011 proved that spinal adjustive care increases IgA levels by 139%. The study surveyed these boosted IgA levels in a stressed population of people. Blood measurements were assessed before and after spinal adjustments and compared to a control group determined to be experiencing the same significant stress. Those receiving spinal adjustments experienced an average increase in IgA of 139% compared to the group that did not receive adjustments.
How Chiropractic Keeps us Healthy
The link between the spine and brain explains the reason for this elevation in the immune system. Chiropractic pursues the improvement of the brain and immune system. Many health care providers associate Chiropractic care as a form of pain assistance, but research continues to prove that spinal adjustments positively impact the entire central nervous system by reducing interference between the brain and spinal cord. Chiropractors and patients have witnessed improved immunity and health for over a century.
Consider: If ten people walked into a room containing the rhinovirus (common cold), not all ten people would develop cold symptoms. The body maintains an incredible ability to resist infections, even when exposed directly to an adverse stimulus. Chiropractic teaches about the body’s ability to resist the virility of a virus or bacteria through proactive immune defense. Other health care providers emphasize the use of chemicals and drugs to assist a weakened body.
Chiropractic accentuates the defense capabilities found in a body strengthened to suit an environment. Adjustments remove interference to the nervous system and allow vital communication and function to flow freely from the brain and other organs. A healthy body produces IgA and other substances that form the body’s natural defense and enable every family member to experience elevated health and vitality.
Chiropractic and Immunity: A History
Chiropractic care was first linked to improved immunity during the deadly flu epidemic of 1917 and 1918. The funny thing was: Chiropractic patients fared better than the general population. This observation spurred a study of the field. The data reported that flu victims under chiropractic care had an estimated .25 percent death rate, a lot less than the normal rate of 5 percent among flu victims who did not receive chiropractic care.
In the years since, studies are finding that chiropractic care is a way to improve immunity. One study, from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois, found that disease-fighting white blood cell counts were higher just 15 minutes after chiropractic manipulation was applied to the back. A similar study investigated the immune system response in HIV-positive patients under chiropractic care. After six months of treating spinal misalignment, the group receiving the chiropractic treatment showed a 48 percent increase in white blood cell counts. Conversely, the group that did not receive chiropractic manipulation experienced a 7.96 percent decrease in immunity cells.
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Misalignments, or subluxations, in the spine will cause poor communication between your brain and your immune system. Subluxations can create pressure on, irritate, or even pinch the nerves in your spine. This restricts the free-flow of information regarding your body to your brain.
Chiropractors restore that broken communication, through gentle adjustments that properly align your vertebrae, and allow your body to take better care of itself. With a properly functioning central nervous system your immune system will be better equipped to defend your body from disease and infection. So contact Discover Health and Wellness Uptown and let us help you boost your immune system with chiropractic!