Updated: Jul 28, 2021
In five years do you expect your health to be better or worse and why?
What are you doing today that will positively affect your health in 5 or even 10 years from now? This is often a point that we clearly see in hindsight but sometimes we miss it completely when it's staring us right in the face! Here are my Top 5 things to do now to prepare for better health in 5 years.
Spine Health: "You only get one spine, so take care of the one you have!" Chiropractic care not only relieves current aches and pains but chiropractic adjustments ultimately relieve abnormal spinal stress and therefore preventing future injury. Chiropractic care helps restore balance in your muscles and joints which aids in proper mobility, healing, and alignment. Chiropractic care is definitely an investment in your future health and wellness!
Healthy Sleep: Another investment in your future self is a good quality mattress, a supportive pillow, and proper sleeping position. Getting restful sleep is essential for all the different system in your body to work efficiently and effectively. Good quality and quantity sleep improves your hormone balance, enhances your digestion, and keeps your immune system strong!
Nutritious Diet: Eating a (mostly) plant based diet is so important because they are full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Vitamins and minerals are essential to make you body work properly and phytonutrients play a key role in helping to prevent diseases and lower inflammation. Phytonutrients are nutrients that are found in colorful foods like peppers, carrots, beets, leafy greens. One thing that we continue to teach our 2-year-old has been to "eat his colors" every night at dinner. We suggest the same to you!
Fresh Air: Getting outside and into fresh air boosts your energy, improves your immune system, and elevates your mood. It has been shown that breathing in fresh oxygen reenergizes the body and the smells of nature often have healing properties as well. Getting fresh air also improves your mood. Whether it's been a rough day or a rough week, getting fresh air is almost guaranteed to improve your outlook on life and revitalize your sense of self. Another benefit of fresh air is a stronger immune system. Compared to people who stayed in doors, people who enjoyed more fresh air has higher functioning immune systems and increased levels of vitamin D.
Gratitude: Our mental state is a huge factor of how healthy we will be in 5 years. Practicing gratitude has been linked to better overall physical and psychological health. It also shows that when you are grateful you are more likely to exercise, have better sleep, have lower blood pressure, and less depressive symptoms. A two week gratitude study lead to increased sleep quality and reduced blood pressure in participants leading to enhanced well being. https://positivepsychology.com/benefits-gratitude-research-questions/
From the desk of Dr. Lisette Miller Kondrad. Dr. Miller is a licensed Chiropractic Physician and Board Certified Acupuncture Provider who has been in clinical practice for 7 years. She has helped hundreds of patients via Chiropractic care and Acupuncture. Click here to contact Clark Road Chiropractic Center with any questions or to schedule your appointment!