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Health Community: Supporting Natural Immune Function

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Healthier Families

With the recent reports of measles state by state across the United States a question comes to my mind. No, I’m not going to ask if everyone in your family has gotten or is going get their measles vaccine. My question is, what are you doing to support you and your family’s natural immunity?

Recently, whether to vaccinate or not has be a controversial topic with the measles outbreaks at Disneyland and more recently across several states including my own state of Texas. Even politicians that once spoke out against vaccines and their adverse reactions are eating their words and are seen on national television receiving, the once again ineffective, flu vaccine to make the main stream media educated masses happy. Maybe it’s not about losing voters but maybe it’s losing the big pharmaceutical company’s campaign money that they’re worried about losing.  Pharmaceutical companies are some of the richest companies in the world with 70% of the U.S. population taking some kind of prescription drug and spending loads of money in Washington with all their lobbyists. After all, how educated is the average voter on the pros and cons of immunizations anyway? More than half the people that come in my office on their first visit don’t even know what prescription drugs they’re taking and why. So, I’m sure the average voter isn’t researching the dangers or effectiveness of vaccines at the library but they are probably seeing a nightly 30 second report on the evening news scaring them that we’re all going to get measles and die. I’m not writing this blog to tell you whether or not to vaccinate your children. I’m writing to help you find natural ways to support your body’s inborn natural immunity. I do encourage one and all to do the research before making the crucial decision of whether to receive vaccinations or not. Don’t let the media scare you but find out for yourself and make the best decision you can for your family. There will be some references at the bottom to help you start your search.

Before we go on, it’s important to know that our body has it’s own GOD given inborn innate ability to heal itself and defend itself from disease and illness. This “innate intelligence” is the same inborn ability that tells your body to carry functions such as cell division, all the way to digestion of what you ate for dinner. Your body’s ability to function is why some people get sick while others stay healthy even when exposed to the same germs or viruses. You see, when your body functions at it’s fullest potential it has the ability to stay in a state of good health. So, when your body functions at 100% your body stays 100% healthy. This is a fact and stated in the definition of what health is by the World Health Organization. So again,

100% FUNCTION = 100% HEALTH

Here’s question number one for you. How can we support our body’s natural immunity so we don’t get sick? Support proper FUNCTION! Now, let’s think deeper. How can we support the proper function of our bodies? If you’re not sure, then think even further. What controls all functions in your body? THE BRAIN and Nervous System! Our brain controls every single organ, tissue, and cell in our bodies and how they all function. Without the vital energy that our brain sends in the form of mental impulses down the spinal cord and through the nerves to our organs, tissues, and cells our body will cease to be healthy due to their own dysfunction. Knowing this law about our body, we can now answer the question of how to support our natural immunity.

Here’s 5 things you can do to support your natural immunity against illness and disease.

  1. Support the Brain/Body Connection with Chiropractic Care. Chiropractors correct misalignment in the spine called subluxations that put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves blocking mental impulses from the brain to the organs, tissues, and cells of the body. (A subluxation is like a kink in a hose that would block the water to your garden killing your plants). When your spine is subluxation free your brain is connected to your body thus allowing the mental impulses to travel freely supporting proper function of the organs, tissues, and cells of the body.
  2. Proper Nutrition. Getting the right amount of nutrients for your body we build a strong immune system. This includes the protein to regenerate and build tissues, carbohydrates to fuel your muscles and organs, fats to support cell membranes and brain health as well as vitamins and minerals. Try to get the most natural and organic foods possible. Organic fruits and vegetables, grass fed beef, wild caught fish, healthy fats like coconut oil and organic virgin olive oil are some examples. Locally grown foods are always better choices. Avoid processed foods!
  3. Drink more WATER! The most abundant nutrient in our bodies and on our planet has never been harder for us to get. First, drink enough to provide your body with the necessary amount it needs to thrive and not just survive.  Avoid caffeine, soft drinks, and alcohol that can dehydrate your body. Make sure your water isn’t contaminated with unhealthy toxins, pollutants, and additives.  Sometimes even filtered water isn’t filtered enough to remove all the toxins that can reduce our health. I will be writing more on water in the future so keep following our blog to get more info on our water in the future.  Alkaline Water is great to support a balanced pH in the body.
  4. Sleep: Rest for Recovery. Most of us aren’t getting nearly enough of the sleep we require. Recent studies say that we need 8-10 hours of sleep per night. If you’re not getting at least 8 hours your body isn’t going to recover from the craziness that our busy days have become in recent years.  Proper pillows, a firm mattress, a cool, dark room with no electronic disturbances is best.  Get rid of the digital alarm clock and replace it with an old wind-up clock. Get out of the habit of sleeping with the television on.  Either get your T.V. out of the bedroom or set the sleep timer to get the REM sleep that your body needs.
  5. Free your mind. Bad thoughts are a major factor in your health. These include negative thoughts, depression, anxiety and worrying about things that are out of our control. Try yoga, exercising, breathing techniques, or get a constructive hobby.  Use meditation techniques in the mornings or before bed. Set some time aside to read the Bible and get spiritually connected with your mind, body, and soul.

 

Thank you for reading my professional opinions on health. I hoped you enjoyed my thoughts and learned a little bit to think about what you do to and put in your body. For more information about the pros and cons of vaccines visit NVIC.org

Professionally and Responsibly Yours,

Joseph Thomas, D.C., C.C.S.P.

 

Joshua Spine and Health Center: Because healthier is happier.

Joshua Spine and Health Center: Because healthier is happier.

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Proper Hydration and Healthier Discs

Are you drinking enough water to properly hydrate the intervertebral discs in you spinal column? Okay, maybe you’re getting your recommended  6-8 glasses of water a day but can I ask you this question. Is that enough water to replenish the water you lose in your intervertebral discs on a daily basis? This may not be enough.

Our adult bodies are 60% water at best and an infant’s body is approximately 78%. Water is a vital nutrient to the life of every cell and has many important properties. Water acts as the body’s first building material, it regulates our internal body temperature, helps metabolize our foods, is an important component for our blood, helps deliver oxygen throughout our body, and helps flush waste from our body. Water also acts as a shock absorber for the brain and spinal cord and helps lubricate all our joints.
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At my chiropractic office in Joshua, Texas I commonly see patients with disc injuries and herniations. The intervertebral disc is a fibrous pad between the vertebrae in our spines. Intervertebral discs have an outer annulus that is made of of rings of collagen fibers and a liquid gel-like central nucleus that acts like a ball bearing allowing for better movement of the spine. The disc separates the vertebrae and allows our body a greater range of motion and also acts to absorb a small amount of mechanical stress on the spine. Our discs require water such as every cell in the body does and when our bodies are dehydrated so are our discs. Being dehydrated is not good for the health of our discs and can lead to injury when stresses are applied to our spinal column. A disc that is poorly hydrated has a much greater risk for injury than one that is adequately hydrated. Staying properly hydrated can help avoid injury to the intervertebral disc. Below are some things you should know about your intervertebral discs, risks of injury, and how to stay hydrated.

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THINGS TO KNOW: DISC HYDRATION

  • During the day our discs lose water due to stress and the weight of gravity
  • At night while lying asleep gives disc the chance to reabsorb water (We are taller in the mornings and shorter as the day goes by due to compression on the spine and discs causing them to lose water)
  • As we age our discs lose their ability to absorb as much water
  • Avoid sodas, teas, coffee, and alcohol that can dehydrate your body
  • Avoid nicotine and other diuretics that can dehydrate your body
  • Drink more water, double the amount recommended during the hot summer days in Texas heat
  • Athletes playing summer sports or subjected to heat should drink water before, during, and after competition and practice

Written by Joseph J. Thomas, D.C., CCSP