Just in case you don’t know by now: STRESS IS A KILLER. It used to be theorized that people got sick because germs invading the body were very strong… stronger than the immune system. For example, it was believed that once you came in contact with the common cold, you would get sick. Now, modern doctors know the strength of the invaders… or germs… is only part of the story and many believe that is not even the most important part.
On the contrary, another theory is that the body’s immune system (unless you are genetically compromised) is stronger than most – if not all – invaders. Your body’s immune system will fight off these germs and not get sick unless… and this is a very big unless… there is something weakening your immune system that helps the invaders and germs win. This can result from poor nutrition, lack of sleep, being over worked, and irritation to the nervous system.
One of the most common and detrimental things to weaken your immune system is STRESS!!!
This is very important to understand because most people lead very stressful lives. Stress at work, stress from lack of a job, not enough money, relationships, etc. all subtly weaken the immune system. Many researchers believe these common stresses… over years and years… can lead to major illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and more. That’s why it is important to learn (and practice) ways to relieve stress in your everyday life.
There is no way to reduce ALL the stress in your life, so it is important to do what you can and learn to handle it in the best way possible.
Here are three great tips:
(1) Get away from the source of the stress. This makes sense, but it is often easier said than done. For example, if your main source of stress is your job, you probably can’t just quit. But, it might be wise to start taking steps to make a change. Just taking positive steps in the right direction can help relieve stress.
(2) Take time each day to relax. This is something anyone can do… because you only need about 10 minutes and you can be anywhere. Some call it meditation, others just a little “me time.” Whatever you call it, do it every day. You can daydream, visualize good things or take a nap. These 10 minutes a day can go a long way to relieve stress and help you live a more healthy life.
(3) Get chiropractic adjustments on a regular basis. If you are hurting or in pain, the nervous system is working overtime and cannot properly defend the body against illness. Chiropractic is the only profession that strives to reduce irritation on the nervous system so the body can work its best – and that includes an optimally functioning immune system.
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