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Have a Healthy Winter!

Seasonal Affective DisorderThe winter months tend to be when a variety of “bugs” hit us (influenza, colds, the “stomach flu”, etc) which is – to say the least – NOT a lot of fun! Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help support your immune system and keep you healthy and happy all winter long!

Vitamins – Making sure that we’re eating healthy is a great way to support our immune health and, we get LOTS of great vitamins and minerals from our diet (especially if we’re eating clean and avoiding processed and refined items). Adding in a daily supplement that contains antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and selenium (a mineral) can help protect healthy cells and fight off free radicals. When we’re fighting off an infection, our stores of Vitamin C can become depleted (the need for Vitamin C increases when the body is stressed), making supplementation a very good idea. Most supplements contain zinc, too, which is another immune boosting mineral and is something our bodies need to stay healthy.

Vitamin D is also vitally important to our immune health and, because it’s something our bodies naturally get from exposure to sunlight, the sometimes sunless winter months can be the time where we’re lacking with this vitamin. So, taking a Vitamin D supplement can help make up for that deficiency. 

Exercise – Believe it or not, exercise not only boosts our heart rate, but also to our immunity. However, when it gets frigid outside, we want to snuggle up with hot cocoa by the fire…anything but exercise, right??? But, resisting the urge to not exercise will pay off in the end – making sure that you’re getting in at least 45 minutes of moderate exercise 3 days per week can help you avoid holiday weight gain and keep our bodies in top working condition.

Sleep – Getting enough sleep (but not too much) is vital to a healthy immune system. Research has consistently shown that those who are well rested are much more likely to have a stronger immune response to viruses, which means that your body can fight off illnesses more effectively. So, even if you’re eating right and exercising, skimping on the sleep is NOT something that does a body good – in fact, it can increase your risk of diabetes, affects hormone levels, and accelerates aging.

SAD – Don’t let Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) get you down! SAD tends to pop up in the winter when people are stuck indoors and/or have minimal exposure to sunlight. Not getting enough sunlight can cause you to have problems with sleep, depress your immune function and response, disrupt melatonin regulation, and many other things. Plus, positive emotions have the ability to help decrease stress hormones and increase immune cells; negative emotions, on the other hand, release a stress hormone which can actually suppress immunity.

Obviously, staying healthy and keeping your immune system in tip-top shape takes work. Fortunately, the providers here at Fletcher Chiropractic can help! Studies have shown that individuals who have regular chiropractic adjustments have immune systems that are greater than 150% stronger than those who don’t…plus, we’re able to provide nutritional and emotional support, as well, making our office “the place to be”…regardless of what season it is!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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How Can Chiropractic Care Help Those Suffering from Infertility?

womanAccording to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are more than 6 million women in the U.S. that are struggling with infertility. The effects of infertility are quite far reaching, and can be devastating on a physical, psychological, and emotional level, and can put profound financial stress on families, as well. There are a variety of causes that contribute to infertility, including hormonal imbalances, damage to fallopian tubes, and nervous system dysfunction and imbalance…to name just a few.

In a multitude of cases, poor nutrition and lifestyle habits – combined with increased stress and improper nervous system function – can be factors in ongoing infertility issues. Unfortunately, there are quite a few “conventional” physicians out there who are slow (at best) to appreciate the importance of having a properly functioning nervous system in relation to fertility. Now, it’s important to note that your reproductive organs are not under your conscious control but, instead, are directed by your autonomic nervous system (ANS) which is a branch of the peripheral nervous system (PNS).  The PNS is ultimately controlled by the central nervous system (CNS) which is made up of your brain & spinal cord.

Now, before we go any further, we should state that chiropractic care is not a cure for infertility. However, it is something that has the ability – by addressing nervous system function, stress management, healthy lifestyle habits, and proper nutrition – to restore and/or optimize your body’s ability to function at its maximum capacity. Often times, infertility problems are solved as a result.

So, how exactly can chiropractic care help with infertility? Well, in order for conception to occur, an egg needs to be released from the ovary and travel through the fallopian tube so that it can be fertilized via sperm. The movement of the egg is, ultimately, due to “peristalsis”, which is rhythmical, smooth muscle action, and is controlled by signals relayed between your central nervous system and your peripheral nervous system. Spinal restrictions – or misalignments (often caused by stress, car accidents, etc) – in the spine can interfere with that process and interrupt communication between the central nervous system and your reproductive organs. This type of improper nerve flow can cause eggs the inability to reach their final destination which, in turn, hinders fertility.

Chiropractors not only specialize in locating these subluxations, but also in removing the nerve interference with specific adjustments which permit the body to heal & function like it was designed to. When this is combined with proper nutrition, stress management, and emotional support – all things that chiropractors are trained in providing, fertility is often restored.

If you’re struggling with infertility, please know that the physicians at Fletcher Chiropractic in Lincoln, Nebraska, are here to help. Give us a call to set up an appointment, today.

source: modernalternativepregnancy.com

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Fletcher Chiropractic
Phone: 402-261-5766
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Lincoln, NE 68516

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