Posts tagged ‘health’

November 2, 2011

Pssst! Can You Hear Me? (it’s your body)

Most people are keenly aware of the seasonal changes that occur throughout the year.  Our brain indicators are: the month of the year, what the news reports tell us, how the holidays are advertised, how the weather patterns and temperatures change, and even the labels that society have put on them.  For instance, right around now is commonly known as “the flu season” or “the cold season” while spring is notoriously labeled “the allergy season”.  With so much bombardment of “outside indicators” telling us what time it is, what we should feel at this time, what we should be doing at this time, whether we should get sick or not at this time, do we ever really have to listen to our bodies?  Seems not.  But what if you tried it?  What do you think you would hear?

For the most part, people go by the “outside indicators” but whether they do or not, the body’s innate intelligence is diligently working and communicating with them at all times.  The key here being that we have to listen to our body in order to really hear it.   And by really we don’t mean the obvious like knowing when it is time to go to the bathroom or eat because your tummy said so.  We mean the small subtleties that we tend to push aside and choose not to hear.

Andrew Weil, MD said, Unless you learn to notice and be bothered by the early, subtle stages of illness, you will lose your chances of managing your body through its changing cycles by simple means and will find yourself more and more dependent on outside practitioners and the costly intervention of modern hospital medicine.

Many healthy people are not healthy because of “luck” or because the flu bug skipped over them.  They are healthy by choice.  (Yes, choice!)  They listen to their bodies and “train” themselves to hear when things are unbalanced.  They also are better able to recognize when symptoms are really serious or not.  With so many people being over-medicated today due to treating the disease process at the first sign of trouble instead of finding the root cause of the problem, it is no wonder that there are a number of people numbed out from the entire process of health within their own bodies.

We are not saying that medicine is entirely out of the question as it can be helpful in serious or life-threatening cases but taking medications for every little thing without “listening” and finding out why you got sick in the first place could mean bigger trouble over time.  Your body can become immune to drug doses and even to hearing itself.

If you want to experience health more than sickness or dis-ease, then it is important to listen to your body and get support around finding the root cause of what ails you.  If it is true that the more you focus on disease the more sick you become, then it must be equally true that the more you focus on your health, the healthier you become!

August 4, 2011

3 Keys to Keeping Your Balance Powerful

Falling is more than likely something you think of as an “accident”.  Something that randomly happens when you least expect it because of a trip, slip or bump that you did not see coming.  However, did you know that in reality, falls are a leading cause of injury and hospitalization amongst people 65 years of age and older?  Many of these falls result in hip fractures, head injuries and, yes, even subluxation.  But did you also know that many of those falls could be prevented with one simple examination of your balance?

Chronic health conditions and persistent dis-ease can lead to risks of falling later in life.  (Falling being the result.)  Take two of the most common forms of preventable disease today: diabetes and hypertension.  Some of the symptoms of diabetes are vision impairment, desensitized nerves in the limbs (especially the legs and feet) that are both known and obvious factors in a person’s balance.  Hypertension drugs have known side effects that may cause drops in blood pressure and dizziness.  (Also known and obvious factors that affect a person’s balance.)  Many brain targeting drugs, especially sleep aids can affect balance.  Other factors that contribute to balance are muscle strength, posture, gait habits, inner ear function, nutrition, and flexibility.

Because we know that many factors can lead to unsteadiness or unexplained falls, it is important to examine if there is a negative health issue that is causing it.  It also puts one on notice that paying attention to and caring for ones health from the earliest possible age will result in preventative measures that keep you from avoiding any unnecessary missteps and falls throughout your life.

3 Keys to Proper Balance

1. Regular Chiropractic Examinations – If you are experiencing any on-going or persistent balance or reflex issues, bring it up with your chiropractor.  They will take you through a battery of neurological tests that will help you to understand your symptoms better and determine a prevention plan.  Chiropractors are trained to detect subluxation which affect your coordination, reflexes and your footing.

2. Get Your Move On – The power of regular exercise can do wonders for your body and brain. If you do at least 10 minutes of a vigorous movement (like a brisk walk or treadmill) and 10 minutes of purposeful stretching (like yoga or tai-chi) it will do wonders for your stance. This will help you to strengthen and lengthen your muscles, which will bolster good balance for years to come.

3.  Power EatingNutrition is the best way to enhance your overall health.  Feeding your brain, muscles and organs the right foods will help you to reap rewarding benefits of a steady step and a strong posture.  Be sure to add in lots of water and a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains that are as close to nature as possible to give you sustained energy, strength and stamina.

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