Dr. Miaken Zeiger | Wednesday November 6, 2019
Building Immune Health, Part III
In his ground-breaking book, Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton explains that the cells in our body, both individually and collectively, can exist in only two states: growth and protection. Our cells cannot exist in both states at the same time. The growth state of cells promotes health and well-being, while the protection state promotes fear and system shutdown.
Now, to maintain healthy immune function, which state do you think your body must be in, the majority of the time? You got it, growth. To continue with our discussion of building immune health from Part I and Part II in our immune health series, let’s dive into more lifestyle recommendations that support the growth state of our body.
In a stunning discovery, researchers out of University of Virginia’s School of Medicine determined a direct correlation between the brain and immune system (3). During an immune response, the brain and the immune system ‘talk to each other’ and this process is essential for maintaining balance in the body (6).
The core of chiropractic care is the promotion of wellness and vitality through a properly functioning nervous system. In fact, a growing body of research indicates the positive effects of the chiropractic adjustment to the immune system. In one study, individuals under regular chiropractic care experienced overall improvement in a battery of physical symptoms, including stiffness/lack of flexibility in the spine, physical pain, fatigue, incidence of colds and flu, headaches, menstrual discomfort, gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, dizziness and falls7.
Furthermore, those who utilize chiropractic, cost our healthcare system significantly less, including:
• 60.2% decrease in hospital admissions
• 59% decrease in hospital days
• 62% decrease in outpatient surgeries
• 85% decrease in pharmaceutical costs (8)
Imagine if more people utilized chiropractic care, experiencing the amazing benefits, including a healthy immune system, and a much more enjoyable life within a vitalistic community!
My recommendations: get your spine checked by a chiropractor. Utilize regular chiropractic care, per your chiropractor’s recommendations, to support a healthy body and immune system.
Sleep deprivation has a direct link to a weakened immune system. In fact, sleep deprivation leads to immune system failure, cancer, diabetes, obesity, depression, and heart disease, just to name a few (9). The presence of chronic disease, indicates years of a weakened immune system; as it takes years for chronic disease to develop. So, getting your sleep right, can certainly help with building up good immune health and function.
My recommendations: shut off all screens 90-minutes before bed, set your bedtime between 9-11:00pm, wake-up with the sunlight, and if you’re an adult, shoot for 7-8.5 hours of sleep; children/teens should get 9-11 hours of sleep.
In a 2006 study published by the Journal of Cell Biology, researchers found just 30-minutes of exercise per day improved immune function. Additionally, mice exposed to the flu virus who regularly worked-out, showed lower levels of inflammation in their lungs and less severe flu symptoms. Furthermore, both sedentary activity and strenuous, high-intensity work-outs have shown to be harmful to the body and immune system (10).
Movement is life and vitally important for the health of the body and immune system. Consistent exercise promotes a healthy heart for improved circulation and increased lung capacity!
My recommendations: minimum of 30-minutes of moderate exercise daily. Utilize different types of exercise, including HIIT, weight lifting, complex movements, trampoline/rebounding, physio-ball/Bosu work that challenges balance, yoga and stretching.
Join us next time for Part IV of this discussion where I will explore the concept of Am I Healthy? and what changes can you make today to live your potential life?.
Yours in Health, Dr. Miaken
Zeigler Chiropractic Immune Health Series Sources:
1. “The Flu Season.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last modified July 12, 2018.
2. Chopra, Deepak. “How Meditation Helps Your Immune System Do Its Job.” The Chopra Center.
3. Dispenza, Joe. “The Brain and Immunity.” Pathways to Family Wellness. 2016, Issue 52.
4. Mercola, Joseph. “Germier Than the Toilet Seats, But You Touch Them Every Day.” Mercola: Take Control of Your Health. May 27, 2012.
5. Warren-Gash C. et al. “Hand Hygiene to Reduce Community Transmission and Acute Respiratory Tract Infection: A Systemic Review.” Influenza Other Respiratory Viruses. 2012 October 8.
6. Elenkov IJ, Wilder RL, Chrousos GP, Vizi ES. “The Sympathetic Nerve, an Integrative Interface Between Two Super-Systems: The Brain and the Immune System. Pharmacol Rev. 2000, December 52;(4): 595-638.
7. Blanks et al., 1997, Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research.
8. Rosenthal, Scott et. al. “Perspectives on Chiropractic and Immunity.” Pathways to Family Wellness. 2016, Issue 52.
9. Stevenson, Shawn. Sleep Smarter. New York: Rodale Inc., 2016. Print.
10. Journal of Cell Biology
11. Kohut, M. et. al. “Moderate Exercise in Mice Boosts Immune System, Diminishes Flu’s Severity.” Iowa State University. October 27, 2009.