I like to make things as simple as possible. Maintaining health is no exception, although the varying and often contradictory messages out there can turn it into an overwhelming challenge. Here are a few key points to simplify things.
First of all, there is nothing more important to your health than a good nerve supply. You can live up to 40 days without food, 4 days without water, 4 minutes without air, but mere seconds without a nerve supply. Your nervous system controls all the functions of all the organs in your body. Few in the health professions would argue the nervous system’s utmost importance to good health, and yet when was the last time you heard anyone talk about getting a nerve system check-up? Even the tiniest amount of pressure or irritation to this system can lead to serious health breakdowns. Picture if your windpipe was choked off by 30%. This would surely lead to health problems quite quickly. The nerve pressure I’m talking about is similar, but it usually happens at a much more subtle level over a much longer period of time. It’s simple. If your spine is out of alignment, there is likely to be nerve pressure present that slowly and silently accumulates until your body expresses pain. If you have any discomfort, then there is definitely irritation at some level and something should be done to determine the cause.
This is where Chiropractic care comes in. Chiropractic Doctors are experts with spine and joint function. They relate postural imbalances in your body with stress and strain within your spinal joints and nerve system. If these tiny spinal joints are kept in their proper position, they are more likely to protect the vital tract of nerves that connects your brain and body for optimal internal wellness.
Secondly, in order for your body to repair and heal, it requires good fuel. Clean air, clean water, and clean, whole foods. Research shows that the cells in your body are in a constant state of change and repair, continuously replacing themselves. This replacement is governed by your nervous system. The question is not: WILL my body replace itself? It’s HOW will it replace itself? High- nutrient foods with high antioxidant power are important for building a renewed and strong body. Food that is manufactured or tampered with by us humans to extend shelf life is typically lower in nutrient quality and in some cases can be downright toxic. You wouldn’t expect a gas engine to run well on diesel fuel, so why would we expect our bodies to perform well when a wide range of additives, preservatives, and other gunk follow our food down to our tummies?
Finally, never forget the importance of the phrase “use it or lose it”! Movement is crucial for optimal health. Joints require movement to heal and to have an adequate blood supply. A body that is seldom exposed to physical activity stagnates, becomes toxic, and becomes weak to daily stress. Joints seize, blood pools, tissues weaken, and bones decay. When an arm is put in a cast after a break, it will atrophy. It becomes smaller in size, flexibility, and strength. When the body is sedentary, the same rules apply. We need to focus on whole body movement patterns every day. Try to move ALL the joints in your body each day, even if just a little bit. This is one of the reasons I built a yoga studio with 4 wonderful instructors as an addition to my clinic.