Written by Dr. Adam Coats
What is your greatest asset? Is it your ability to make money? How about property that you own? Or maybe it’s your house or business? I would argue that it’s none of these things. Your greatest asset is YOU, specifically your health.
I’d like you to think about it for a moment. How debilitating is it when you’re sick? Can you manage the same level of productivity and success at work? Are you able to spend quality time with friends and family? Can you get everything done around the house that you need to take care of? Are you able to get the kids off to school efficiently? More than likely, your success in each of these areas decreases when you’re sick.
Now think about when you’re healthy. What’s the limit when you’re healthy? There isn’t any limit! You’re able to manage even more productivity on the job. You can spend all the time you want with friends and family. Everything around the house that you need to do can be taken care of. The kids are up and out the door without any issues. You can apply these scenarios of being sick or heathy to any situation in your life, and it’s always very clear that it’s more beneficial to be and stay healthy. So, the question becomes, “How do I get and stay healthy?”
The nervous system and the immune system are directly linked together.1,2 When the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) is in an increased state, the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) is in a decreased state. If you’re out on the trail and a mountain lion is about to attack you, you don’t need your food to digest, you don’t need muscles to recover, and you don’t need immunity. You need things like your heart to pump blood faster, your muscle vasculature to dilate so your muscles can receive more blood, your eyes to dilate so you can see the entire picture of what’s going on, and your lungs to breathe faster so you can get more oxygen. This is a perfect example of your sympathetic nervous system in an increased state and your parasympathetic nervous system in a decreased state.
When your parasympathetic nervous system is in a decreased state, your immunity is also decreased. This is a problem in today’s world because we are all under a lot of stress a good majority of the time. When we’re stressed, we’re continually running from the mountain lion. So how do we increase our parasympathetic nervous system and immunity if we’re stressed out all of the time?
The key to parasympathetic dominance is the vagus nerve. When the activity of the vagus nerve is high, you’re in a parasympathetic dominant state. This means that your immunity is also high. A highly functioning immune system means your body can fight off all sorts of sickness and disease. In fact, studies have found that cancer tumors did not progress quickly and the prognosis was better if activity of the vagus nerve was high.4 The activity of the vagus nerve is increased when you receive a chiropractic adjustment.3 In other words, the chiropractic adjustment helps your body relax and your immune system do its job.
By adding Lifestyle Chiropractic Care to your healthy lifestyle, you’re giving yourself the best immunity possible. Thus, allowing you to be more productive, more efficient, and spend more time doing the things you love.
Your health is your greatest asset. If you have a big vision for your life, audacious goals, and determination, then you cannot afford to get sick. Make your spine and nervous system a priority with Lifestyle Chiropractic Care to keep you healthy for the long haul.
- Sundman, E., & Olofsson, P. (2014). Neural Control of Immune System. The American Physiological Society, 38(2), 135-139. doi:10.1152/advan.00094.2013
- Direct Route From The Brain To The Immune System Discovered. (2007, October 24). Retrieved from https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071024083630.htm
- Zhang, J., Dead, D., Nosco, D., Strathopulos, D., & Floros, M. (2006). Effect of Chiropractic Care on Heart Rate Variability and pain in a Multisite Clinical Study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 29(4), 267-274. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2006.03.010
- Gidron, Y., De Couck, M., & De Greve, J. (2014). If you have an active vagus nerve, cancer stage may no longer be important. Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents, 28(2), 195-201. Retrieved November 23, 2018.