Six Keys to HealthThis may be a bit of an understatement because there are countless things that we can do to stay as healthy as possible. Below is a list of the six most important ones to keep in mind. They are all relatively simple, and most people already innately know them. If someone is lacking in any one of these six areas, their health will suffer. Everyone’s health is a product of their own lifestyle choices and here is a list of a few to keep in mind.
1. Properly functioning nervous system
The nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and nerves) controls and coordinates everything going on in the body. If the communication between the nervous system and the body breaks down, there is going to be a problem that arises some place in the body. This could be something as simple as a pain or some complex disease like diabetes. The chiropractor examines the nervous system to find out and fix the communication breakdown (subluxation). If one of the six keys was slightly more important than the rest, this would be it. The body is able to compensate with a lot of stuff thrown at it, but a problem here is not one of them. Sooner or later a problem will arise if the nervous system is not functioning correctly and that is why regular check-ups from your chiropractor are necessary for everyone. Remember, if you have pain, you have a Subluxation.Subluxations ALWAYS affect your nervous system, but they do not always produce pain.
The phrase “you are what you eat” has turned into a bit of a cliché, but it is good advice to follow. The nutrients that we take in with our diet are extremely important because they are the building blocks to our body. If there is a part of our body that needs repair, we need to give it the proper nutrition to repair and maintain itself.
The foods the average person takes in these days is usually lacking in sufficient minerals and vitamins. It is important to take a high quality supplement to make up for any deficiencies in your diet. The cheap multivitamins that you can get at the drug store or grocery store are better than taking nothing at all, but not by much. Instead you should look into taking supplements that are more readily available to digest. If you would like some suggestions, talk to Dr. Hyack on your next visit.
The other side to this story is not bringing in the right nutrients. There are many foods out there that are great for convenience, but poor for our health. Some of the biggest culprits are: trans fat, MSG, high fructose corn syrup, and many others. There is a reason that these items have been in the news a lot lately and that is that they cause health problems. A simple rule to remember is that if the item is trying to trick the body, then the body won’t know what to do with it and should be avoided.
Many functions occur during a normal sleep cycle from cell regeneration to memory storage and, without sleep, these vital processes are unable to proceed normally. This can lead to premature aging and degeneration of various organ systems. Therefore, if you have the tendency to sacrifice your sleep in order to participate in other less important activities, then be warned that you are slowly but surely damaging your health. The most important thing you can do in this area is try to develop a pattern of sleep that is essentially the same every night. Erratic schedules are the most common cause of sleep disorders like insomnia. By creating any sort of regular sleep habits, you essentially guarantee that you will receive the proper amount of sleep nightly. Do not rob the sandman, as you will pay the price in decreased health and premature aging.
4. Regular Exercise
The importance of getting regular exercise is something that everyone seems to know, but that doesn’t mean that everyone adheres to the advice. We live in a busy time and exercise is one area that most people will start to ignore first. Without listing every benefit that a regular physical fitness program can provide, some of the major benefits provided by exercising are increased cardiovascular function, enhanced sexual function, and better mental health. This is not something to be taken lightly. If all aspects of one's health can be dramatically improved by regular physical fitness, then why isn't every one doing it? Please, if you are not exercising regularly at this time in your life, start today.
5. Positive Mental Attitude
The next key is related to mental and emotional well being. Although there has been endless debate over mind-body duality, most forward thinkers in healthcare will find it difficult (if not down-right impossible) to discount the importance of the mind in the healing process, as well as its importance in the overall health of the individual. There are numerous ways in which one's mental disposition can affect one's health. Whether clinically depressed or merely partaking regularly in negative mental activities such as self loathing, jealousy, pessimism, and even bad mouthing others, one's mental state has an enormous impact on one's health.
6. Toxin Avoidance
The last key to observe and master is toxin avoidance, that is, limiting the amount of toxic substances you put into your body. Toxins are essentially poisons that damage your tissues when taken in large quantities or taken repeatedly over time. Many substances can act as toxins. Some of the more obvious ones are tobacco, alcohol, smog, pesticides, household chemicals, lead, and asbestos. Other less obvious ones, but none the less harmful, are prescription medications and over-the-counter medications. Even large quantities of fat soluble vitamins like vitamin D can damage healthy tissue. Do yourself a favor and become informed about what you are taking. Most information on drugs and medications can be found on the web. Read the list of side effects that come with each medication. You may be shocked. Do not leave it up to anyone else to tell you about these effects and do not take chances. As was said earlier, most diseases are direct consequences of our own lifestyle choices. Choose wisely, and you will live a longer and healthier life as a result.