A strong immune system – 5 top tips for you and your family

A strong immune system – 5 top tips for you and your family

Check out our top tips below to ensuring your family’s immune system is as strong as it can be!

Right now, there is a lot of information in the media about viruses, illnesses and how to protect yourself and your family. The susceptibility to these with a weakened immune system is widely studied and reported. We’ve put together 5 simple steps for a strong immune system.

Work on those stress levels

Work on those stress levels

When we’re stressed, the immune system’s ability to fight off antigens is reduced. That is why we are more susceptible to infections. The stress hormone corticosteroid can suppress the effectiveness of the immune system

Catch up on your zzz’s

Catch up on your zzz's

A study recently conducted by a team from the University of Tübingen in Germany has found a mechanism linking sleep to the functioning of the immune system.
The researchers who led this study found that a good night’s sleep can boost the effectiveness of certain specialised immune cells called T cells.

Schedule your next adjustment

Schedule your next adjustment

Studies show that following a Chiropractic adjustment, the response of white blood cells taken from blood collected 15 minutes after the adjustment is significantly higher than blood collected 15 minutes before. This research demonstrated an, ‘enhanced respiratory burst’ following the Chiropractic adjustment. Such a ‘burst’ is specifically needed for our immune cells to destroy invading viruses and bacteria.

Take your Vitamin D!

Take your Vitamin D

Vitamin D is responsible for a number of functions within the body. It helps regulate calcium, ensuring it enters the bone to maintain healthy bones and teeth as well as supporting a strong immune system.
BetterYou DLux 3000 is an optimum strength vitamin D oral spray. Specially formulated to deliver vitamin D through the soft tissue of the mouth for optimal absorption. Each spray delivers 3000IU (75μg) of vitamin D3 for an optimal dosage.

Don’t forget your Probiotics!

ProbioticsThe use of probiotics has been shown to modulate both innate and adaptive immunity in the elderly. But is also shown reduce the length of infection in children and adults.

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The drug free way to manage headaches and migraines

The drug free way to manage headaches and migraines

No one wants to take drugs, but headaches/migraines can be so debilitating sometimes it feels like there are no other options. 

Having been in Chiropractic for 20 years nearly, next to back pain, headaches/migraines are the most common symptoms I see. Most people’s only advice is to just pop more pills so they can get through the day. This can be to make it through work, get the kids to school do our hobbies. Unfortunately, the truth is long term use of drugs like aspirin, paracetamol, ibuprofen, naproxen etc leads to liver, kidney and stomach damage. Accounting for thousands of deaths a year in the UK alone. This can’t be the only way to manage your symptoms!

The best ways and advice I’ve given to patients over the years to manage the problem, is always look to the root cause of the problem. It’s not a shortage of the above-mentioned drugs in our body! Modern day stress is huge, we are all under more constant pressure than ever. Work pressure, financial, children, trying to fit in an exercise regime, good nutrition and a social life at the same time and often failing!

So, here are some simple tips…

  • Dehydration is probably the number one cause of headaches, that’s why we all have headaches when we get carried away on a night out. The average adult should be drinking 2.5 Litres a day and more when exercising. If you struggle to keep track, you can get a large reusable bottle that contains the full days’ worth. 
  • Reduce mobile media especially before you go to bed and get your screen at eye level so you’re not looking down, even better get a standing desk!
  • Get enough sleep, go to bed earlier the hours before midnight count as double to the ones after. Don’t sleep on your front either worse position to cause neck stress which can cause Headaches/migraines. Try to sleep on your back or side with 1 firm pillow that keeps your spine aligned. Ask us in the clinic for the best pillow and mattress recommendations.
  • Stretching and massage is a great way to relieve tension and stress in the neck muscles and shoulders again a very common cause of symptoms. Ask for our neck and shoulder exercises at reception or book a massage with our in house therapist.
  • Get out in the fresh air and walk more, try to look straight ahead with your chin away from your chest, making sure you’re not carrying a bag on one shoulder (Use ruck sack with the straps tightened instead).
  • Try to cut junk food with artificial colours and flavours another very common cause. Also high levels of sugar and caffeine will cause headaches and migraines and obviously alcohol.

As well as doing all of these healthy habits get your spine checked. The vast majority of patients I’ve seen over the years with chronic headaches and migraines respond great to Chiropractic care. 

We analyse the neck through range of motion, postural tests, nerve scans and x-rays. I often find the neck has lost its natural C curve, putting pressure on the cranial nerves and causing a lot of referred symptoms. We identify exactly where the spine/nerves are under pressure, remove it and restore natural function back to the spine allowing people to live their life as normal and pain free. 

Don’t let headaches/migraines rob you of the quality of life you deserve, it affects everything from your efficiency at work to enjoying and doing your hobbies to the quality of relationships you have with friends and family. So, don’t let you and your loved ones keep popping the pills get checked by your Chiropractor today!

Dr Jason O’Connor