We often don’t think too much about our immune system until we are feeling sick. Thinking about our immune system beforehand can give us a much more resilient immune system reaction when we encounter those little viruses and bacteria. We want to take care of our immune system like a good friend. Our everyday choices from sleep to stress levels to what we eat can help or hinder our immune systems.
The immune system consists of the tonsils, thymus, lymph nodes, spleen, appendix, bone marrow, lymphatic vessels, and all your beautiful immune cells. For your immune system to be working at its best it needs the right nutrition, rest, and a stress-free environment. Here are some of the tools that we like to use in the San Clemente Vitality Center to help support and strengthen immune systems.
Nervous System Bodywork
As well seasoned Chiropractors we gently adjust your nervous system and body/mind into balance. Stress levels have a direct effect on immune system function and too often this fast paced life drives us into a “fight or flight” response, sympathetic overdrive. During a session we talk with the body to understand how it holds its tension and how to release and rebalance it. This puts the body in a deep state of relaxation which allows for healing to happen and to feel an empowered and embodied sense of strength.
PEMF as a tool to enhance immunity
Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is a valuable tool to support immunity. PEMF therapy boosts immunity by improving circulation so there is more oxygen and energy for your body to recuperate and heal.
Feb 2020 a randomized clinical trial at the Mayo Clinic showed that PEMF boosts Nitrous Oxide, which improvs blood circulation and stimulates macrophage cytotoxicity (anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic activity), and modulates blood pressure. T cells destroy damaged and infected cells in the body and tell B cells to make antibodies. PEMF has been studied and found to boost T cells too.
Infrared Sauna – the power of heat
High temperatures getting your heart pumping, your lymphatics flowing and you sweating are the warning system for your immune system to kick in and start fighting off germs and viruses. All of this works so impurities are actively being sweated out rather than just recirculated. Being exposed to high temperatures (125⁰-135⁰) in an infrared sauna triggers your immune system to kick in and eliminate any defective or dead cells/bacteria/viruses that may have been otherwise undetected. It also improves white blood cell activity, the first line of defense in fighting infection, and T-cell production to help ward off viruses. Helping your body to efficiently eliminate toxins is a way to improve your immune health.
Essential Oils – the power of plants
Many essential oils have antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties that help to support your immune system and fight off infections both safely and naturally. Most of our medications come from knowledge gained by studying the plants used in native and grandmother remedies to understand how they were effective in treating various conditions and diseases.
Some of the best essential oils for your immunity include eucalyptus, oregano, myrrh, lemon, frankincense, ginger, peppermint and cinnamon. Oregano oil has been shown in lab research to have powerful immune boosting properties against bacteria – this one is our personal go-to favorite before the use of antibiotics.
A healthy diet rich in whole foods and good fats is the best way to maintain a strong immune system. But in today’s busy world that is not always what people focus on. As the poor nutritional quality of many foods purchased today leave people full but malnourished, nutritional supplements are a convenient and easy way to ensure that nutritional needs (vitamins and minerals) are met. Conventionally raised produce today contain far fewer vitamins and minerals than they did a half-century ago. You can credit pesticides and chemical fertilizers with disrupting soil quality, depleting it of vital nutrients.
In the Center we have and use high quality nutritional supplements to help give your body and immune system what it needs to function at its best. Feel free to ask us for our recommendations.
At the SC Vitality Center we utilize tools to help you and your immune system function at your best.
Please comment below if you need some advice or come on in to learn more about how we can help you.