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A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of symptoms or disease.
The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause of and prevention of disease. — Thomas Edison (1847-1931)
Health, if it is to be maintained, requires 5 factors to be working together properly.
PROPER NERVE FUNCTION
Proper nerve function requires periodic checkups by a doctor of chiropractic. Spinal nerve damage begins asymptomatically in many cases. Research indicates spinal misalignments reduce spinal nerve signals by as much as 50 percent. Without proper nerve function we cannot obtain our optimal health potential.
Although the 1996 Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health reports that more than 60 percent of American adults do not engage in regular physical activity, there is good news: Even moderate amounts of a variety of physical activities can have immense health benefits. One of the best ways to encourage more inactive Americans to get moving is to change the way they currently look at exercise. The key to increasing physical activity lies in stressing the benefits of regular physical activity, rather than stressing the risks of avoiding exercise. In other words, we should stop using the term “exercise”, and replace it with the term “physical activity”.
A good diet is one which if free of harmful substances and rich in vitamins and minerals. Challenges arise in several areas when we begin improving our diet including the convenience, cost and availability of good products such as organic foods. In addition, modern farming techniques have downgraded our quality of foods over the last 15 years. What we believe to be good for us are often times grossly lacking inVitamins and Minerals. Supplementing our diet with proper levels of vitamins/minerals is essential to maintain these important substances adequately in our bodies. Without proper nutritional support we can become susceptible to a wide variety of health problems.
POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE
The body cries the tears the mind refuses to weep. — Lao Tzu
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play, than in a year of conversation. — Plato
Stress is perhaps the most commonly discussed and research area of emotions relating to physical ailments for a very good reason. There are a number of negative physiological reactions that occur in our bodies. When we are exposed to these “stress chemicals” for extended periods of time we damage important functions in our bodies including but not limited to the neuromuscular, digestive, hormonal and immune systems.
Sleeping is an important part of the natural cycle of events required for health. Proper rest is essential for healing to occur from spinal accidents and injuries. Inflammatory response, muscle spasms and pain chemicals all decrease when resting. Many systems in our bodies such as immune function, digestion and mental acuity function poorly without adequate amounts of rest. For correct alignment, sleeping on your back or side is the recommended position. Stomach sleeping is very damaging to spinal alignment, breathing and digestion.