Steps to Better Health
1. GET PLENTY OF REST
The body heals when it rests. Sleep with one pillow , ask your chiropractor about a cervical pillow (it’s good for stiff necks and headaches.) Sleep preferably on your back or side. DO NOT SLEEP ON YOUR STOMACH.
However, it must be the right type of exercise for you. Skydiving may be exercise, but not necessarily the ideal exercise for you. There are specific abdominal, neck and low back exercises that everyone can do to strengthen their spine. Cardiovascular (CV) exercise, the type of exercise that increases your heart rate is a MUST . Examples of CV exercises are brisk walking, swimming bicycle riding, stair stepper, stationary bike, treadmill etc. 20-40 minutes 3-4 x’s per week will improve your overall health and burn off excess fat. Studies show those in better cardiovascular condition heal faster!
3. POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE
Your attitude and outlook affect how you feel and how you heal.
Laugh, smile. Set goals for yourself. Figure out what it is that you want in life, write it down and visualize it. With a positive attitude, goal setting and some action steps ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!
4. EAT RIGHT
What does that mean? Here are some quick tips. Read labels. If the first ingredient is one of the “three whites” STAY AWAY. They are 1-sugar (also known as glucose, fructose. Sucrose, etc.) 2- salt (also known as sodium, sodium chloride) and 3-enriched flour.
Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. Remember not tea, not lemonade, not juice, WATER!
Eat plenty of veggies and fruit. Remember fresh is best, then comes frozen. Canned veggies lose most of their nutritional value- you’re probably better off eating the can!
Decrease your fat intake and make smart choices . MODERATION IS THE KEY!
5. GOOD POSTURE
- Proper lifting. Always bend at your knees.
- Avoid poor telephone habits such as holding the phone between your ear and shoulder, without your hands
- Men: Don’t sit on your wallet while driving.
- MOMS: Avoid holding your baby on your hip while cooking and talking on the phone.Better Posture leads to a healthier spine and nervous system.
6. MAINTAIN INTEGRITY OF YOUR SPINE & NERVOUS SYSTEM
What? You probably never heard this before. All functions of your body are controlled by you brain and nervous system. That’s how you feel things, how your organs and immune system function and how your muscles operate, through your nervous system. The nerves come out from your spinal cord to the rest of the body in order to do their job. The vertebrae or spine surrounds the spinal cord. Anytime there is a subluxation (misalignment) of the vertebrae, it causes interference in the nervous system and function of the body. Back pain and neck pain are a signal that there is nerve interference occurring. However, misalignments or subluxations, occur often, interfering with the way your body functions and killing off cells, without pain occurring.
It is important to get your spine checked by a chiropractor to make sure that you don’t have spinal misalignments (subluxations) especially if you are not having any pain. This can prevent future pain, and KEEP YOU HEALTHY . Chiropractic is about being healthy, and about having a proper functioning nervous system and spine.
If you follow all six steps, you’ll be on your way to a happy healthy lifestyle. Remember lots of small steps and small changes add up. Make positive changes in your life and tell others!
FIDEL CHIROPRACTIC CENTER
6414 Park Height Ave G1
Baltimore, MD 21215
1866F Reisterstown Rd
Baltimore, MD 21208