• Health Maintenance Habits

  • Chiropractic philosophy stresses the importance of maintaining one’s health, otherwise explained as taking care of yourself before you become sick. Health maintenance is central to chiropractic care because it goes against people waiting until they develop a problem to pay attention to their health.

    Wellness care

    How should I practice health maintenance?

    There are seven basic practices everyone should follow to stay healthy and decrease their risk of disease and illness. Remember, do the best you can, and if you skip a day or two, or fall a bit short of a goal, it’s no big deal. The following 7 health maintenance habits will allow everyone to incorporate the chiropractic philosophy of “maintenance care” into their everyday routines.

    1. Slow Deep Breathing

    Oxygen is essential to every cell in your body. Start by taking 5-10 deep breaths per hour. You can increase the number of deep breaths you take as you get more comfortable with this exercise. Taking slow deep breaths hourly allows oxygen to reach more cells and replenishes the body.

    2. Drink Water

    Water consumption is paramount since 70-90% of your cells are comprised of water. Many doctors recommend drinking 40% of your body weight in ounces every day. Now, that is a lot of water to drink, so try getting 12 ounces a day and add more as you go. Remember: alcohol, caffeine, and sugar all dehydrate you, so try to avoid beverages that fall into these categories.

    3. Heart Health Training

    The heart is an essential organ because it is what keeps you alive. Maintaining heart health is vital since a heart that is not properly functioning can lead to problems. To keep this muscle in shape, attempt to do some cardiovascular exercise (walking, running, cycling, etc.) for 20-40 minutes, 3-5 times a week.

    4. Muscle Strengthening

    Muscles need to stay strong and flexible for optimal performance. Lifting weights 2-3 times per week (this does not necessarily mean heavy weight lifting) or stretching for 5-10 minutes a day is a great start.

    5. A Proper Diet

    The food you eat supplies nutrients to your body and directly affects your bodily functions. So, good food means healthier cells, and bad food, well, means the opposite. Decreasing refined sugars, saturated fats, processed foods, and soda are ways to boost one’s health. Additionally, increasing the consumption of organic fruits, vegetables, good fats, protein, and complex carbs is just as important.

    6. Mental Attitude

    Your state of mind is a huge part of your health. Countless studies show that being under constant stress, angry, or unhappy is detrimental to one’s health. Decreasing the activities that cause you to stress, focusing on the positives of your day, or writing in a gratitude journal for 5 minutes daily can positively affect your mental health.

    Chiropractic Adjustments

    I bet you were waiting for this one! The joints of your spine need to move as efficiently as possible to allow your entire body to function at its’ highest level. Chiropractic adjustments can improve the health of the nervous system, alleviate pain, and improve overall function within the body.

    [Disclaimer: The amount of exercise you do depends on your present state of health. Different people’s bodies can handle different levels of physical exertion. Try to do your best when exercising and find out what your body can handle.]

    As always, check with your trusted chiropractor if chiropractic adjustments are right for you. To learn more about how chiropractic can be an alternative to medication and surgery, visit our website, like us on Facebook, Instagram, or call us for an appointment.