During the past few months, I have seen a growing concern with illness, infectious disease to be exact. Rather its COVID-19, the flu or any other virus type of disease, we have become scared to be “ the most vulnerable.” So who are these most vulnerable people and what choices can you make for yourself and your family to become a Least Vulnerable Person. Fortunately, it’s almost entirely under your control. The Most Vulnerable People Seniors: Our elderly population seems to be the most at-risk population for infection. Coincidentally, the numbers hold true for most infectious diseases, not just COVID-19. Most would think their age plays a role, but in fact what makes them most vulnerable is that many are living lifestyles that include additional risk factors. I have compiled a list of risk factors below, and as you will see, the older generation tends to “check” more of these boxes. Underlying Health Conditions It is no secret that conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes can make someone more vulnerable to disease. Their immune systems are already stressed and taxed, which makes them less able to ward off other types of infections. Obesity National Institute of Health states that obesity is the SECOND leading cause of preventable death in the US, close behind tobacco usage. Poor Posture Did you know that your posture could affect your breathing? In fact, poor posture can increase stress on your body, reduce lung capacity, cause fatigue, and even contribute to factors that negatively affect your immune system. Polypharmacy This term is used for people who take multiple medications. Many people forget that drugs were invented to be short-term help for the body to recover. We are now seeing years and years of pharmaceutical consumption and it can have negative effects. Medications can alter blood and brain chemistry, which causes immunosuppression , hindering the body’s innate ability to fight infections. Becoming a Least Vulnerable Person Physical Activity Movement is the keystone in maintaining optimal health. There is a clear inverse relationship between moderate exercises and illness risk. The Journal of Sport and Health Science stated, “ habitual exercise improves immune regulation, delaying the onset of age-related dysfunction. Improving the function of the Nervous System Your nervous system is your body’s main communication highway, relaying nerve signals to every single, cell, tissue and organ in the entire body, allowing the body to perform all vital functions in order to sustain life. It is ESSENTIAL to maintain the integrity of this communication highway in order to live a healthy lifestyle. More importantly, the nervous system supplies communication to the thymus, spleen, adrenal glands, and lymph glands, all of which play pivotal roles in the function of your immune system. Chiropractic care improves posture, which can improve the health of your nervous system. In addition, correcting spinal imbalances can influence basic physiological processes affecting oxidative stress and DNA repair. Reducing oxidative stress is an important factor in immune function. In a study by Ronald Pero Ph.D, subjects under chiropractic care demonstrated higher mean serum thiol levels than patients with active disease and produced some values that were higher than normal wellness values. Good Nutrition As many know, our food is the fuel for the body. The problem is, most people tend to put better fuel in their vehicles than they do their own bodies. Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting against it. Most foods can be broken up into two categories: inflammatory for the body and anti-inflammatory for the body. Since inflammation has been shown to be the pre cursor for almost every disease process in the body, a anti-inflammatory diet is a great way to insure a healthier life. Ask the doctors how you can de-flame your diet using our organic supplements.
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