Runny noses, sore throats, and aching head are sure signs that winter is here. No matter where you are, this is the season where you have to protect yourself from the winter ailments. To build immunity against colds, here is a list of medical discoveries and recommendations! It’s easy to take steps to cold-proof yourself and your family.
Mucous membranes need vitamin A to help strengthen this line of defense when a harmful substance enters the nasal passage. Mucous glands contain lysozyme, an enzyme which builds immunity against viruses. This enzyme requires vitamin A in order to function efficiently. Foods high in vitamin A are cheese, eggs, fish, spinach, carrots, papaya, and apricots. Enjoy lots of these foods this winter!
Dr. Terence W. Anderson of the University of Toronto reported a study involving 600 healthy volunteers. At the first sign of illness, one group took vitamin C. The remaining participants received a placebo, containing no vitamin C. The vitamin C group reported fewer colds. More importantly, the colds they did get were less severe, resulting in 30% fewer sick days and less absence from work than the control group. Eat foods like kiwis, grapefruit, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and winter squash to keep your vitamin C high!
One of the most important studies showing the positive effect chiropractic care can have on the immune system and general health was performed by Ronald Pero, Ph.D. He was the chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventive Medicine Institute and professor of medicine at New York University. Dr. Pero measured the immune systems of people under chiropractic care compared to those in the general population. He also looked at those with cancer and other serious diseases.
In his initial three-year study of 107 individuals who had been under chiropractic care for five years or more, the chiropractic patients were found to have a 200% greater immune competence than people who had not received chiropractic care. Additionally, they had a 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer and other serious diseases. The immune system superiority of those under chiropractic care did not diminish with age. Dr. Pero stated: “When applied in a clinical framework, I have never seen a group other than this chiropractic group to experience a 200% increase over the normal patients. This is why it is so dramatically important. We have never seen such a positive improvement in a group…”
Regular, neurologically-based chiropractic care should be an essential part of your immunity plan this winter. At Alive Chiropractic, we provide care for the entire family using our extremely advanced technique. Schedule your first visit today to learn how we can help you and your family reach your health goals!