Healthy Beginnings

R U Healthy?

A question you need to ask yourself is do you want to be healthy or just not sick? When you ask most people what makes you healthy, they’ll tell you “nutrition and exercise.” These are two big components to better health; but most people overlook the two key components: which are Emotional Health and the Brain and Nervous System. All of these play a major role in your overall function of good health.

Nutrition is very important and is overlooked more than we think. Most people eat a lot of processed foods that taste great, but this is not very nutritious. A healthy diet is not as confusing or restrictive as you might think. It’s about choosing foods that provide your body with the calories and nutrients it needs to perform–not more or less. The best way to start is to learn the recommended daily calorie intake for your age, weight, height, activity level and gender. In other words, skip the fads and focus on proper nutrition.

After figuring out your nutrition needs, you’ll need to decide what type of exercising will be best for you. Your exercise program should include something from each of the four basic fitness components: 1) Cardio respiratory endurance, 2) Muscular strength, 3) Muscular endurance and 4) flexibility. Each workout should begin with a warm up and end with a cool down. As a general rule, space your workouts throughout the week and avoid consecutive days of hard exercise. How often, how long and how hard you exercise, and what kinds of exercises you do, should be determined by what you are trying to accomplish. Your goals, your present fitness level, age, health, skills, interest and convenience are among the factors you should consider.

Remember to maintain good thoughts because they affect your health. Neuroscientists are now finding the influence our emotions have on our health and well-being, and mounting evidence that we do in fact control our health. Good emotional health is feeling good about yourself and those around you. It is having the ability to handle emotions, anger, stress, depression, etc. in healthy ways. Not having good emotional health is just the opposite and can include mental diseases and disorders.

The most overlooked aspect of health is the nervous system. Research proves that the slightest pressure on a spinal nerve root as it emerges from the spine can reduce the function of that nerve by 60 percent, in a matter of minutes. Everyone knows that a broken neck, or similar spinal injury, can produce pressure on the nerves causing partial or even complete paralysis may result. However, one tends to shrug off the possibility that a subluxation (pinched nerve) resulting in pressure on these same nerves can be extremely destructive, causing a condition of decreased activity amounting to a slight paralysis–or the reverse, a dangerous increase in activity. For instance, a sluggish liver or gall bladder indicates decreased activity, and an over-active stomach or rapid heartbeat signifies increased activity. The normal nerve control that has been denied must be restored. By eliminating nerve interference, chiropractic care can not only correct numerous health problems, but also may prevent many conditions from developing. Incorporate these components of health into this New Year and experience a Happier and Healthier new you.

References:

1. Nutritional needs: www.everydayhealth.com

2. The President’s Council of Physical Fitness and Sports: www.fitness.gov/fitness

3. How Emotions Control your Health: www.drdavidwilliams.com.

4. Define Emotional Health: www.righthealth.com

5. Nerves Interference: www.levanchiro.com

For more info, contact Dr. Tony Jensen at (775) 323-1222.