The 5 Pillars of Optimum Health
1. Optimum nerve function
Your nervous system controls every aspect of the human experience. If it is functioning at its best level, your body is able to self-heal, self-regulate and self-optimize. When this system is interfered with, this ability is compromised. As a chiropractor, I look to detect and correct interference with your nervous system to allow this free flow of energy to thrive. Get adjusted.
This is different for everyone but the most important part of exercise is the movement. Exercise does not have to be so strenuous that it stresses your body but should be a consistent routine and rhythm that everyone puts into their schedule. Swim, bike, run, walk, lift weights, yoga, hike… There is definitely no shortage of what can be done, no matter what your condition. Get moving.
3. Plentiful Rest
A big void in many lives today. This isn’t just sleeping 7-9 hours per night. It is also giving your body and mind a rest at times throughout the day. Pushing too hard, being stressed and not ever slowing down is taxing on your nervous system and doesn’t allow you to repair and heal. Being stuck in an anxiety-laden life also shuts down your body’s ability to regulate itself. Our systemic functions physiologically crash. Chill out, relax.
There is no secret that the fuel we put into our body directly affects our health. The problem in our society is that most of the foods readily available to us are crap. Moving toward an organic, whole food diet is easily one of the most influential factors in optimizing well-being. It’s not easy but it’s worth putting in the work. Spend a little less at Starbucks and buy some higher quality foods. Do the work.
5. Positive Attitude & Mental Wellness
It seems that the people who have a consistently positive attitude are those people that make the most of their life. Those that are consistently negative seem to have everything go wrong. Hmmm…Having a positive mental attitude and focus has a profound and scientifically proven effect on all aspects of life. Find those things that make you happy and grateful and make time for them. Reward yourself.
These 5 pillars are all lifestyle choices. You can’t do just a little bit of one and expect to live a thriving life. All have immense importance and are pieces to an amazing puzzle. We will never be perfect at all of them but I promise that if you put your efforts into optimizing them, you will be able to live a longer, happier, healthier life. For you and your loved ones.