by Alaina Rowswell-Kuliikowski DC DICCP

This time of year, as the seasons change, we can often feel under the weather. A runny nose, congestion, fever, cough, and headache can leave us fatigued, in pain, not thinking clearly and unproductive. Is it allergies? Do I have the flu? Is it a virus? Do I need medication? These questions run through our minds as we contemplate how long this intruder will be attacking us and our children. We certainly don’t wish to spread this feeling onto our friends and community. What do we do? Get adjusted! Get your children adjusted!
In this quasi scientific time when we are inundated with commercials to ease our symptoms, it is easy to lose sight of our amazing immune system. The power that made the body heals the body.
We are genetically advantaged! Our lineage has survived plagues and pandemics. Why? Because our parents were strong hosts that fought the environmental challenges facing their development. In generations past a family with 8 children would be exposed to a plague, (a superbug of some sort) but only the weakened immune system members of the family came down with the disease; the other 6 took care of the sick and never got it. Why? They had the stronger immune reaction. When our bodies give us symptoms of dis-ease it is time to strengthen the host more than to find out what type of bug or invader has attacked.
The body fights off environmental intruders with fevers, histamines and other hormones released in the blood, and increased white blood cell production all flushing out the little attacker. These are good weapons. But, what else can we actively do to fight off illness?
First off; go to the Chiropractor! Why get adjusted? Joints that function at an ideal capacity encourage lymphatic drainage, help circulate immunological support and transmit neurological information that is so valuable to tell your body to get stronger and healthier. Lymph chains, blood supply and nerves run through your joints. Joint position and function are key to helping the strong immune system. Having your Chiropractor identify where misalignments and restrictions are and correcting the joint to better motion is the best thing you can do to pursue optimal health.
Adjustments strengthen the body, free us from discomfort and help us sleep! Adequate sleep is a powerful source of energy. Adults should sleep 8-10 hours per night and children from 10-12 hours. Look at your priorities. Is that extra event, game, or client meeting really worth putting a good night’s sleep in jeopardy? You can lose much more productivity by not letting your immune system rest and recover from the environmental challenges. Take time away from electronic devices, television screens, media and other stressors before retiring to bed. Let your mind have the time it needs to quiet the demands put on it all day. Give children the safety of a routine bedtime to quiet little minds,let them rest and grow.
What are the building blocks for the immune system? You are what you eat! Your Chiropractor can discuss dietary changes that will help build a strong immune system. Take care to avoid sugars, starches, dairy products and unhealthy fats. Using supplements, vitamins and herbs can often help when you or your children need strengthening against our toxic environment. Your Chiropractor has many hours of continuing education for immune building nutrition. At your next appointment ask for some input as to how you can strengthen your immunity.
Never underestimate the power of clean water! Staying hydrated is vital for good health and battling the immunological warfare. Wash food before preparing, using a hydrogen peroxide wash on fruits and vegetables that may have been exposed to pesticides, chemicals and wax. Store food properly and dispose of food that has gone bad. Washing the nasal and oral cavity can help to diminish allergens having a stronghold on the host. Use saline wash such as a neti pot to keep mucus thin and exiting the body. Some mouth rinses and dental hygiene can also be immunologically helpful.
The Chiropractors at Riverview Chiropractic Health are here to help strengthen you and your family as you pursue optimal health. We understand that jobs, athletics, education and even recreation can wear us down sometimes. That’s why we are dedicated to regular Chiropractic care to ensure your body has what it needs to fight the immune battle.

Office News

We have welcomed Lisa and Claire as Chiropractic assistants. What a blessing to have these two smiling faces ready to help serve your Chiropractic needs.

We are continuing the next phase of software changes. Thank you for your patience as we try to have the most technologically compatible system for third party reimbursement, scheduling and doctors notes.

Making appointments electronically: 
You can go to our website and request an appointment time with any of our doctors or massage therapists. That site generates the request to our front office staff and they try to fit it in with the providers schedule. This is just a request, until you receive an email confirming the requested time or offering a time close to it, you do not have an appointment with the said provider.

If you prefer, you can email directly to riverviewchiropractors@gmail.comand we can respond with an appointment close to a time convenient for you.

Recipe of the Month

Healing Cabbage Soup

From: 
allrecipes.com 
(slightly altered by Dr. Alaina)

Ingredients

2 quarts of bone broth (see earlier news letters) 
1/2 onion 
2 cloves garlic 
Salt and pepper to taste 
1 small head grated cabbage 
2 cans of diced tomatoes 
(I use basil and garlic flavored or sometimes the rest of a salsa jar) 
2 cups celery 
2 cups carrots 
1 cup of endive or kale or yummy green 
1 Tbs grated ginger

(Sometimes I throw in a can of white beans before the last hour or so. You could also add any veggies in your crisper that haven’t been used for the week.)

Directions

1.In a separate pan saute ginger, onion and garlic till onions are translucent.
2.Transfer to large stock pot with remaining ingredients to bring to a boil for 10 minutes then simmer for 30 minutes.

OR

Transfer to a Crock-Pot on low for 7 hours or high for 4 hours.

Delicious!

photo and recipe ©allrecipes.com