Besides wearing a mask, washing hands and practicing physical distancing, a well-functioning immune system is your primary protection against infection, including the SARS-CoV2 virus and COVID-19.
The immune system works by:
- Detecting a wide variety of foreign agents, known as pathogens, and distinguish them from your body’s own healthy tissue
- Despatching antibodies / initiate responses to fight the pathogens; such responses include diarrhoea and fever
- Clearing out the resultant waste
Recording information about the pathogen to mount faster and stronger response each time this pathogen is reencountered
You can increase the performance of the immune system by:
- Eating healthily
- Exercising regularly
- Maintaining a healthy body weight
- Getting adequate sleep
- Reducing stress levels
- Getting your spine checked
Regular spine checks with your spinologist keep the nervous system free from interference and results in optimal function and performance of your entire body, including your immune system.
The nervous system (your body’s communication system) regulates the immune system responses. The response needs to perfectly match the threat posed by the pathogen. An insufficient response results in infection, whereas an excessive response results in prolonged inflammation and tissue damage.
The nervous system also ensures that overall body chemistry balance (called homeostasis) is restored after the infection is beaten.
It’s a good idea to have your spine checked regularly to keep your nervous and immune systems working optimally to protect you against general infections but also in times of pandemics like we find ourselves now with SARS-CoV2 virus and COVID-19.