What does catching a cold have to do with your brain and spinal cord? A lot! Your nervous system is considered the master control system of your entire body.
With that being said, your immune system, the one that keeps you from getting sick, is strongly influenced by the health of your nervous system.
In this post we'll explain the connection, and suggest how you can boost your immune system.
Normal vs. Abnormal Functioning
When your nervous system is healthy and functioning properly, your brain and nerves stimulate normal function of immune system organs and glands in your body on a daily basis.
When this is happening, normal levels of sickness-fighting antibodies are present in your blood stream, keeping you healthy and feeling great.
On the flip side, when your nervous system faces stressors your immune system will start to dysfunction and lead to illness with time.
Here are examples of common stressors that can cause a negative effect:
- Mental tension
- Lack of sleep
- Damaged spine
- Poor posture
You may not think your posture has much to do with preventing the flu — but, surprisingly, it does!
What's to blame? Stress hormones
This all is a result of increased levels of stress hormones in your body. These stress hormones regulate every aspect of your immune system instantly, until that stress is removed.
The key here is simple: if you decrease or remove the stress on your nervous system by getting your sleep, handling your stress, and keeping your spine working great, you will be less likely to get sick.
This is why regular chiropractic care is so important for you and your family's overall health. A strong spine = a strong nervous system, which = a strong immune system.
Moral of the story: Take care of your spine (and mind!), and you'll keep your immune system in tip-top shape.