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AUGUST 2014

  

Hi Everyone!  August is National Breast Feeding Awareness month.  Breast milk is full of immune antibodies, nourishment, and good bacteria. It serves as our first and most important immune booster!  As our lifelong wellness depends on the health of our immune system, this month's newsletter will focus on how to boost immunity throughout life. This issue is full of research that explains how both Chiropractic and Massage serve to boost your immune system.  It also explains the importance of rest, a healthy fresh food diet, and how chronic stress and toxicity continue to lower your immune response.  We give breathing techniques, nutritional supplement ideas, and detoxification options ALL aimed at increasing immune function.

Optimizing immune function should be a daily part of your wellness plan.  If you or a family member suffer from chronic illness, sinus congestion, colds and flu's more than once per year or frequent digestive upset, your body is demonstrating signs of lowered immune function.  Take action NOW, don't wait until something more serious hits. 

Feel free to talk with me or my staff about any of the suggestions we have given below.  We are here to help with boosting your Immune system and with ALL of your wellness needs. Until our next adjustment...
  
Yours in Health,
Dr. Heidi & The InnerMovement Wellness Team
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How Massage Benefits The Immune System
  

Research shows that the benefits of regular therapeutic massage extend far beyond relaxation.  New evidence has begun to show that massage therapy has positive effects on management of stress hormones and immune function. 

 

Clinical studies have indicated that massage can naturally increase the immune system's cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of the body's natural "killer cells"). In fact, one study showed that a single session of Swedish massage therapy had measurable effects on both the immune system and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) connection. This could have positive implications for care of patients with inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. 

 

Benefits of Strengthening the Immune System

  • Increases the body's natural killer cells
  • Aids in the fight against bacteria and infection
  • Naturally enhances the body's ability to get nourishment to important areas
To read more:
Massage Benefits Immune & Neuroendocrine Function

How Massage Therapy Heals

 

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Chiropractic Care & Immunity
 

Today researchers know there is a critical link between the nervous system and the immune system.

 

Chiropractic adjustments help regulate the autonomic nervous system.  Your nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and nerves) controls pretty much everything, communicating with endocrine and immune tissue to modulate chemical reactions that keep you healthy.  Other documented happy side effects of this autonomic regulation include lowering blood pressure, relieving anxiety, and reducing inflammatory cytokines and pain.

 

Our immune system plays such an enormous role in the overall health of literally every cell and tissue in the body.  Not only is it the immune systems job to protect from coughs and colds but also it helps fight against cancer; repair damaged joints and slow down the aging process.  


 
Patients who come in with colds, sore throats, sinus congestion and stomach viruses often remark that their recovery seems to be accelerated by the chiropractic adjustment.  Researchers in New York found that people under chiropractic care demonstrated 200% greater immune function than those who were not receiving Chiropractic adjustments (1). 

 

6 Studies Show Chiropractic Benefits On The Immune System

1) Pero R. "Medical Researcher Excited By CBSRF Project Results." The Chiropractic Journal, August 1989; 32

 

Want to know more?  Ask Drs. Heidi or Neha how Chiropractic can improve your health!
Tips On How To Boost Your Immunity
 
While the immune system is a complicated one, researchers continue to study it's functionality and how we can positively affect it.  Studies show that your first line of defense is a healthy lifestyle.   By making wise wellness choices, every part of your body including your immune system will function better.  

Here are some overall guidelines:
  • Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat.

  • Avoid processed foods.

  • Exercise regularly and incorporate a regular and ongoing wellness program.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

  • Control your blood pressure.

  • If you drink alcohol, do so only in moderation.

  • Don't smoke.

  • Make sure to get enough sleep.

  • Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.

  • Manage your stress.  (Check out the deep breathing exercises in this newsletter!)

More info:
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Staying well means adhering to a balanced diet and avoiding processed foods (including grains and sugars). Stick with organic fruits and vegetables, organic grass-fed milk and whey protein, fermented foods, grass-fed beef, organic chicken and other whole foods.

 
Here's a list of some foods with nutrients that will support your immune system:
  • Yogurt:  Contains probiotics that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs.
  • Chlorella:  This single-cell freshwater algae that acts as an efficient detoxification agent by binding to toxins to carry them out of your system. Chlorophyll helps you process more oxygen, cleanses your blood while promoting the growth and repair of your tissues.
  • Garlic:  Full of the active ingredient allicin, which fights infection and bacteria.
  • Sweet Potatoes:  Have loads of vitamin A which plays a major role in the production of connective tissue, a key component of skin.
  • Mushrooms:  Increases the production and activity of white blood cells.
  • Coconut & Coconut Oil:  Rich in lauric acid which is excellent for your thyroid and your metabolism. Coconut oil converts in your body to monolaurin. (Monolaurin is the actual compound found in breast milk that strengthens a baby's immunity.)
  • Blueberries & raspberries:  Potent immune boosters as they contain powerful phytochemicals.
  • Watermelon: Has plenty of a powerful antioxidant, glutathione. Known to help strengthen the immune system so it can fight infection.
  • Green Tea & Matcha:  Green teas are rich in polyphenols, in the form of natural chemicals called catechins which are very powerful antioxidants.
  • Almonds:   Rich in vitamin E, which helps boost the immune system. And they have riboflavin and niacin, B vitamins that may help you bounce back from the effects of stress.
Recipe Of The Month

Super Green Broccoli Salad 
(serves 4)

Ingredients:
1 large head broccoli 
6 spring onion finely sliced
1 large bunch parsley, chopped
1 large bunch mint, chopped
1/2  avocado, chopped
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup pistachio nuts, roughly chopped
1 large bunch baby spinach leaves
Juice from 3 limes or 2 lemons
1 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil or flaxseed oil
1/4 cup goji berries

A generous amount of black pepper + a little sea salt

 

Directions:
Chop the raw broccoli as fine as you can with a large knife. You can use the stalks of the broccoli, but trim the tough outer layer first. You can also do this quickly in a food processor.

Combine the raw broccoli in a large bowl with the spring onion, parsley, mint, avocado, pumpkin seed, pistachio, spinach, lemon, olive oil, goji berries, black pepper and a pinch of sea salt. Mix well until combined.  

Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Divide between serving bowls and enjoy.

Note:  Excellent on it's own as a summer salad or serve with a piece of grilled (healthy) protein of your choice!
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Learn About The Lymphatic System
 
The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system and consists of lymphatic organs, a conducting network of lymphatic vessels, and the circulating lymph.  Lymph is very similar to blood plasma but contains lymphocytes and other white blood cells.

One of the main functions of the Lymphatic System is to defend the immune system to protect us from disease and pathogens.

Here are two videos to learn more!
The Lymphatic System
The Lymphatic System

What is the lymphatic system's role in immunity
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