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Natural Solutions to the Cold & Flu Season

Why do we get sick?

The winter season has also been labeled as the “cold and flu season”. Sickness is more prevalent during these months due to an increase of stress on our bodies & a decrease in our overall immunity. Changes in weather & colder temps means limited fresh air. With this, we are in closed quarters more often, have more contact with others, which allows germs to spread faster. Other stressors can include a weakened gut microbiome, a diet high in sugar or processed foods and lack of proper rest/recovery.

All of these factors put stress on our immune system, and ultimately our nervous system. A stressed out nervous system lowers your body’s natural response to fight off germs, resulting in higher rates of sickness.

The common cold virus lasts anywhere from 3-7 days and symptoms might include a stuffed and runny nose, scratchy throat, watery eyes, congestion but no fever. The flu symptoms include having a fever, muscle aches, headache, runny nose, congestion, cough etc.

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Is there a Pill for that?

Society teaches us that if we start to feel any inkling of sickness, that we need to immediately start taking medication. The CDC recommends everyone get a Flu vaccine every year, despite effectiveness rates as low as 10%. There is some sort of OTC pill or medication for EVERY type of sickness. However, these NSAIDs, decongestants, antihistamines, and analgesics are developed for sales profit, not for the benefit of the patient. Furthermore, these medications have side effects & can cause more harm than good. Too often we jump right to a pill instead of allowing our body to fight off the sickness naturally.

Is being sick always a bad thing?

Hippocrates, the “father” of medicine once wrote: “Disease are crises of purification & toxic elimination. Symptoms are natural defenses of the body.” It is our body’s way of communicating to us that something is wrong. In fact, an elevated temperature during a fever is an indicator that our immune system is functioning properly and destroying infection. Symptoms should not be covered up by medication or ignored. While yes, they are most certainly not ideal, they are a crucial part of the healing process.

Chiropractic for Colds & Flus? 

Chiropractic is not just for backs! Many people seeing a chiropractor have overall improved health, including fewer and less severe colds and flus. Chiropractic care helps raise your natural resistance to sickness & strengthens the immune system by removing stress within the body.

Misaligned spinal vertebrae, or subluxations, stress the nervous system and the nerves that are necessary for a strong immune system.  A stressed nerve will result in improper functioning of the body and/or pain. Chiropractors work to align the spine, removing the stress off the nerves, so that the body can function the way it was designed.

Chiropractic adjustments actually improve the functioning of one’s immune system by 200%!! Chiropractic care is a natural & effective way to speed up the healing process when one is sick AND helps you avoid getting sick in the first place!

For more tips, read our other blog posts on avoiding sickness: 4 Steps Improved Immunity

What are you doing to strengthen your immune system?  Avoid sickness & boost your body’s functioning with chiropractic care.

If you haven’t had your nervous system checked, now is the time.

Reach New Heights

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