As we all read the news and watch video footage about Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is natural to feel anxious. This is perfectly normal during a time of crisis or uncertainty.
Taking care of yourself is especially important during a stressful period in order to stay healthy as well as help your body recover should you become ill.
Anxiety is stressful for a number of systems in the body, which begins with the brain triggering an initial response. Once the brain has encountered a threat, like the worry about Coronavirus, it releases a surge of chemicals (e.g. cortisol, norepinephrine). These chemicals give us a natural boost in reflex time, perception, and speed. They cause our hearts to pump faster in order to get more blood and oxygen circulating through our bodies; we essentially go into survival mode.
These chemical are useful during a brief crisis event where you need to react, but can be damaging given long-term exposure like the presumable months-long event of Coronavirus unfolding. Other systems that are effected include your cardiovascular and digestive. However, a compromised immune system is what I want to focus on in this piece. Let’s think about how anxiety can effect your immunity.
The health of your body is determined in part by what you use to fuel it, with a simple car metaphor easily proving the point. If you put high-test gasoline into a car engine, it performs well. If you put low-quality fuel into the same car engine it performs poorly.
Those whole foods that you find in the produce aisle at the grocery store are the high-test fuel our bodies need in order to boost our immunity. The vitamins, minerals and other readily-absorbable, bioavailable components are the building blocks that keep us healthy and well. The processed foods you find on the interior aisles of the grocery store, those are the low-quality fuel that can cause your systems to perform poorly. So, during an anxious time eating whole foods is more important than ever for boosting your immunity.
The video below echoes this message, providing supporting evidence for how colorful produce can boost your immune system, with cruciferous vegetables (e.g. cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli) being especially helpful for upper respiratory support.
Exercise is critical to modulating anxiety. Not only does it release stress and slow down the release of stress hormones, but it may even flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. Breathe deeply and enjoy the cleansing benefits.
Physical activity also provides the dual benefit of a mental boost while also positively effecting antibodies and white blood cells (WBC). For example, exercise causes those WBCs to actually circulate more rapidly, in turn detecting illness more rapidly. And if that wasn’t quite enough, the rise in body temperature may also prevent bacteria from growing, which means fighting infection better.
Chiropractic is a gateway for optimal immune function. Spinal adjustments boost immune function by correcting spinal misalignment, which can cause neural dysfunction and ultimately a weakened immune system. A chiropractic adjustment can bring about an immediate immune boost. Talk about quick results!
Navigating through the news about Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause anxiety, understandably. However, one thing you can do to take care of yourself is to eat well, stay active and get regular chiropractic adjustments.
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