posted by Dr. Eric Pragle, LMT, DC
Five Habits to Enjoy Good Health
Good and Tasty Food- Food provides carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals essential for our bodies. Drinking water is also essential as that is the single largest component of the human body. We should be eating foods that are full of the nutrients listed. We should not be eating foods that are categorized as empty calories. A chocolate bar, for example, has calories but no vitamins or minerals. Avoid processed or fast foods keep foods as whole as possible with a small list of ingredients.
Consistent Movement/Exercise - There are 3 general categories of exercise: aerobic, strength training, and stretching. Aerobic exercises are things like walking, hiking, swimming and cycling. These exercises help your heart stay healthy and should be performed 3 times a week. Strength training may involve using weights but also includes exercise such as pushups, sit-ups, chin-ups, etc. Strength training helps build and maintain muscle mass which is what absorbs energy first when performing tasks. When your muscles become fatigued then your bones and joints take the brunt of the task and can break down. Stretching exercises keep us flexible an help to maintain mobility. The more simple the exercise the better such as walking or stretching or yoga are easy to do anywhere you are at which is especially good for people who travel regularly
Good Sleep and Rest- Most of us need 7 to 8 hours of rest per night, though there are those that need more or less. Avoid sleeping on your stomach since you have to turn your head to breathe. Going to sleep before 10 pm is very important for the body to recover and heal itself for the next day. This results in abnormal stress on the neck and upper back. Don't slouch when you sit! Sit straight up with you back against the back of the chair and your feet flat on the floor.
Good Positive Attitude and Perspective - Negative thoughts and emotions can actually change your body chemistry and in a sense poison your body. You're going to have your ups and downs, but having a positive attitude towards your life is much healthier. Noticing how lucky most of us are for have homes, food and clean water is real important for maintaining a good attitude. Traveling to other countries can provide a fresh appreciation for what we have and how fortunate we are to live in our country.
Proper Spine Alignment- The brain communicates with the body through the nervous system. If there is trouble with spine alignment this connection causes health problems can arise. Nervous system interference can occur in the spinal area due to the close proximity of the spine to your spinal cord and spinal nerves. Chiropractors check the spine for proper alignment and mobility because of the affects it has on the nervous system especially the alignment of the atlas the top vertebrae in the spine which is the only freely moveable vertebrae in the spine is the most important and also the most vulnerable to misalignment through either micro and macro traumas such as direct hit on head, car crash, sports injury or poor posture and improper sleep position or bed can all cause the misalignment of the atlas vertebrae.
Drink Plenty of Water- According to Mayo Clinic, men need about 13 cups and women need about 9 cups of water or hydrating beverages per day. This can also vary depending on weather, level of exercise, health conditions and other dietary habits.
At Pragle Chiropractic, Dr. Pragle talks to his clients about the importance of drinking plenty of water for both healing and overall health. Please visit www.praglechiro.com to learn more about the AO Treatment, Foot Sanctuary, Massage and Facials by Bryce or call 850 508 5951.