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The weather is getting cooler, leaves are starting to change, outdoor concerts are being promoted everywhere and the Pumpkin Spice Latte is out in Starbucks. All of these things are signs for us that the Fall (and football season) is starting. But for big pharmacies, it means one thing: Flu Season.

You’ve probably seen it at your local pharmacy, signs and ads about the flu shot, each one battling the other on where you can get it for cheaper. Doesn’t it seem odd that every time you get the “preventive” flu shot….YOU GET THE FLU!

There has to be a better, proven to be effective, way to protect yourself from the flu this season. Here are some quick tips:

  1. Vitamin D – It is a well known fact that this vitamin will boost your immune system by enhancing the strength of white blood cells which fight off invaders-like the flu. Best thing about it is that vitamin D is FREE! Yes, you can get it from the sun. Spend some time outside this season and you will get the protection needed and proven to fight off the flu.
  2. Power Foods- Oranges and tangerines (full of vitamin C which boosts Immune System), grains (full of Vitamin E which boosts Immune System), Garlic (offers antioxidants and selenium which fights off invaders), Almonds and lime beans (contain Zinc, a mineral which increases production of white blood cells. Almond milk is a great source of Vit. D also).
  3. Exercise –
  • When you exercise, your body speeds up the rate at which it removes waste products. Meaning more bacteria and foreign particles will be flushed from your lungs faster.
  •  Exercise speeds up your heart rate, meaning more white cells will circulate your body a lot faster.
  •  Exercise raises your body temperature. Many invading particles and bacteria can not survive on high temperatures.
  •  Exercise reduces stress, and stress can prevent your body from working at 100%
  •  See a trend here. It’s all about allowing your Immune System to do its job!

Quick Question. What controls your Immune System?   You guessed it. Your Nervous System.

Without a healthy Nervous System all of these tips are just as useless as a flu vaccine.  Your Nervous System is the one that makes sure Vitamin D, C,  and E do the job they are capable of doing.  It makes sure white blood cells are taken to the exact location the disease is at. So to better prevent the flu this season, just make sure your Nervous System is working at 100%.  How can we make sure of that?

Chiropractic!

Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself-Andre Gide

I love being a Chiropractor. About two months ago a new patient stepped into my office looking for jaw pain relief. As I talked to her on her first visit I asked her what were some of her major health goals.

Is it running a 5k race or maybe a marathon? Is it playing with your kids or grandkids without any pain? Is it fitting into those jeans you used to wear in college?

This patient just wanted to be healthier (and maybe lose some weight along the way). She knew she had let herself go a bit, but now decided that she wanted to start taking care of herself again. She said she BELIEVED she didn’t have to be her age and be unhealthy, like most of our society is.

Believe that Nothing is too good to be true.

One of the toughest but important things about getting healthy is believing you can do it. Believing your life can be exactly what you had dreamed off.

Watching the Biggest Loser, (yeah i’ve gotten hooked on that show too, haha) I’ve learned that most of the fight is in your head. When you WANT it, when you BELIEVE it can be done, it WILL GET DONE!  Isn’t it amazing how we much control we can have over our health?

My practice member above had found relief from her jaw pain a little after a week of getting chiropractic care. She continued with my best recommendations of Corrective care to make sure the body was functioning at 100% so she could meet her goals. Now I need to tell you this, a  week ago I got a very excited phone call.

“I’m off of my Blood Pressure Medications! “

This patient started working out, she started eating properly, she started making sure her Nervous System (which controls Blood Pressure) was working at 100% but the first thing she did was BELIEVE her life could improve. It all starts with Believing!

“Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future (and health) in someone else’s hands, but not you.”  ~Jim Rohn~

Believe you can live life at 100% ?

A couple of years ago a friend of mine invited me to accompany her to a Farmers Market. Due to boredom, I accepted; little did I know my life would change that day. I saw this big red tent with the words CHIROPRACTOR on the front. Now, you guys probably had heard that word before, but not me. I talked to the doctor that day and he told me two stats that made me think……. a lot!

1)  Did you know we are only 5% of the world’s population, but still consume 85% of all the drugs produced in the world??

2)  Did you know, that out of the 50 most developed countries in the world we rank number 37 in health!!!

Growing up I’ve been  working on a dream I had from a young age. I wanted to be the ShortStop for the New York Yankees. When I realized I wasn’t going to grow to be 6’4 my dream shifted a bit,  I  started pursuing the life of an Orthopedic Doctor ;but not any Orthopedic Doctor. Nope, I wanted to be the Ortho doc for the New York Yankees. That day, talking to that chiropractor, everything changed. I didn’t want to be a part of the medical model anymore. I didn’t want to continue or help this trend of health America was going through. I decided that day I wanted to help lead people into what real health is, in a natural drugless way.

I learned that your Nervous System is the Master Controller in your body. And guess what? Your Nervous System wants to take care of you. It wants to make sure EVERYTHING in the body is working at 100%. It makes sure your heart is doing its job in pumping enough blood to the body, it also makes sure you don’t get headaches, it even allows you to wiggle your big toe. All of these things are done and controlled through your Nervous System.

Wouldn’t it be smart to check and make sure your Nervous System is working at 100%?

Through this blog I will be posting numerous Health Tips i’ve learned from experience that will allow you to become a better healthier version of you. I’ve dedicated my life to helping people reach their optimal potential.

Ready to live life at 100%?

By: Dr. Sam Clavell