IV nutritional therapy can help boost brain power, fight aging, control stress, and help with chronic pain conditions. During COVID-19, you could be experiencing more stress which, in turn, can decrease your immunity. If you are feeling more stress right now, here are some tips on how to try to control it, and how IV therapy could help.
Stress and Immunity
We all experience stress in our lives. Whether it’s from work, school, or our personal lives, stress is common. In times right now, many of us are concerned about our health and wellbeing, along with the health of our loved ones too. Stress occurs when the events in our lives overcomes our ability to calmly address and assess the situation in a healthy way. When this happens, our bodies produce higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
Cortisol can boost your immunity sometimes, in small quantities, because it limits inflammation. However, the longer you’re stressed, the more your body adjusts to having cortisol in the blood, which can cause more inflammation. According to the Cleveland Clinic, stress can also decrease the body’s white blood cells that help fight infection. The lower your white blood cell count, the more susceptible you are to catching illnesses.
Moreover, stress can also trigger anxiety or depression, which also increases inflammation. Over time, consistent high levels of inflammation can cause your immune system to become exhausted and overworked.
Along with lowering your immune system, the progression of high stress levels can also be attributed to the progression of conditions like lupus or fibromyalgia.
The Immune System
Our immune system is what helps protect us from germs that can cause us to get sick. It’s composed of different organs, cells, and proteins that work together to fight off illness. We don’t have to tell our immune systems what to do, thankfully it knows exactly how to function. In many circumstances, you won’t even know that your immune system is functioning until it’s not. When it’s not functioning properly, you’ll begin to get sick because it’s not fighting off pathogens.
It can also help prevent you from getting the same sickness twice. Your immune system can remember how to fight off certain illnesses after you contract it the first time. However, some illnesses can have strains that change yearly, like the flu. Due to this, if you had the flu this year, you’re not protected from getting it next year.
Boosting Your Immune System Amidst a Pandemic
As we are currently in an uncharted territory, our bodies don’t have any immunity against the novel coronavirus. This is partially why it has become a global pandemic. If you are looking to boost your immune system during these times the best you can, try:
- Getting 8 hours of sleep
- Exercising 30 minutes a day
- Meditating to help with stress
- Going outside and getting some sunshine
Another important way to keep your immune system up is to better manage your stress. The American Psychological Association suggests doing the following to get a better hold on your stress:
- Take a break from the stressor by taking a break: watch a movie, listen to music, or call a friend
- Exercise: this benefits your mind and body!
- Smile: we can hold stress in our face, by smiling, we can help relieve tension and improve our situation
- Get social support: call a family member or friend to talk about how you feel, just make sure it’s someone you trust and not someone who will further stress you out
- Meditate: practice relaxing and focusing on mindfulness to help release emotions that are causing your body physical stress
If you need a little more help controlling stress, try IV nutritional therapy here at Interventional Pain Associates. Before we contract an illness, our bodies have several different processes they go through. For example, the pH of the body becomes acidic, cell function isn’t working properly, epigenetic expression of the cells change, and more. When you’re stressed, these functions don’t happen seamlessly. Here at Interventional Pain Associates, we look for clues of the disease process and begin treatment to heal the underlying problems. We do this with IV nutritional therapy, which not only helps with helping stress levels, but also:
- Enhancing immunity
- Combat aging
- Treat chronic fatigue
- Help chronic pain
Do all you can to help keep your body healthy during these unprecedented times. If you want to help give your immune system an ultra-boost, call us today to learn more: (512)-795-7575.