I want to start off by saying I cannot tell you how many people I have met that lead very healthy lives for the most part and just don’t understand why they still get sick or are still in pain. There are 5 pillars of health…the average person does about 2 of them and most healthy people do about 3-4 of them. Now I want to ask you a question. If you are doing 4 out of 5 of them that is 80% health. I don’t know about you but I want the full 100%. Your health is nothing to mess around with and is by far your greatest asset in life. Some people think their cable and internet bill is more important and we send those people to the Chiropractor down the street who also believes that (be careful who you trust your health with). Practice members at The Roots Chiropractic understand where true health comes from and have their priorities straight so we are all on the same page.
The 5 Pillars of Health:
Depending on your age you should be getting at least 20 minutes of cardio exercise 5 days a week. I am not saying you need to get out there and do cross-fit 8 days a week. Humans have 2 feet and we were meant to walk. If you want to start by walking 20 minutes a day that is wonderful and a great place to start!
Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. You should be sleeping on your back or on your side with a pillow in between your knees and a pillow that keeps your head level with your spine. No stomach sleeping!
Proper Mental Attitude
I cannot stress the importance of this one enough. Negative attitudes and a negative outlook on life are literally killing people. You need to do your best to keep a positive outlook on life on a day to day basis. Yes, stuff happens and it is OK to get sad, depressed or have anxiety in certain situations. These feelings are normal and good to have every now and then but overall you need to keep a happy outlook on life. Let me give you an example. Two 12 year old boys are diagnosed with a life threatening cancer. The doctor tells them they have two weeks to live. One of the boys get very sad and discouraged and dies in two weeks. The other boy says I am way too young for this and there is no way I am going to let this cancer beat me. He rises above it and is still living to this day cancer free. The only difference was their mental attitude on the situation.
I am not going to get into what you should or shouldn’t eat because most people have a good idea of that already and if you need help in this area there are millions of trained professionals out there. One question I do want to ask you is if the nerves going to your stomach and intestines are not working the correct way how do you think you might be digesting your food? Maybe you are taking top of the line supplements and buying all natural organic food from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. What if you are wasting your money because your body is not capable of absorbing the nutrients the right way do to an improperly functioning nervous system? Think about it…
100% Functioning Nervous System
This is the pillar that even most healthy people are lacking. Less than 3% of the people in this world are under Principled Neurologically-Based Chiropractic care. The brain and the nervous system control and coordinate all organs, structures and functions of the human body. It doesn’t matter how well you eat or how much you exercise, if your nervous system has any type of interference your body will not be functioning at 100%.
If the nerves going to you or your child’s heart or lungs were not working properly when would you want to find out?