Why do you get sick in the winter more?
For many families Winter typically means more sickness. Everything from the sniffles to strep throat to bronchitis. With the holiday season in full force the last thing we want to see is a family not being able to get out and enjoy the season. As parents, our first reaction is to shelter our family from anyone and everyone that could be sick. We are washing our hands and cleaning door knobs; but what if I told you that the best way to help prevent sickness is not by avoiding germs, but to boost your bodies defense to those germs. Each of us are surrounded by millions of different harmful bacteria and viruses on a daily basis but why do some people get sick and others do not? The answer is the immune system and how the body is functioning.
Top 3 reasons sickness increases in the Winter:
- Cold Weather
- Decrease in sunlight
- Increase in sugar consumption
*All 3 combine to lower you bodies resistance to sickness*
What does Chiropractic have to do with your immune system?
Ronald Pero, Ph.D., the chief of cancer prevention research at New York’s Preventive Medicine Institute performed a study looking at the relationship between Chiropractic and the immune system. 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, and 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer and other serious diseases.
“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” *
As with anything in your health it is important to consider the effects something will have in your current season of life but also long term. An increase in your immune system will without a doubt help prevent your next cold, but more importantly it can help maintain your health long-term. The greatest gift we can give our loved ones is the opportunity to THRIVE!
* Pero R. “Medical Researcher Excited By CBSRF Project Results.” The Chiropractic Journal, August 1989