As soon as you decide you want something to be different in your life, change has been set in motion. You just have to decide. What do you want? I mean, seriously, what do you want? And be careful what you ask for because you are likely to get it. Once you have clarity about what you want, universal forces are set in motion. And then you need to act accordingly. No matter what you want to do or have in life, improving your health should be at the top of the list. If you lose your health, you do not have the ability or energy to do much for yourself, let alone anyone else. When health is lost, the only goal is to regain health, nothing else matters. There is nothing you wouldn’t give or do to get it back. Mae West once said, “If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself”. Today you can choose to have better health, now and for years to come. And science reveals that there is a tremendous impact in even the smallest actions.
So, ask yourself, “What are the most important actions I can take now to improve my health?” Your brain is your most powerful and valuable asset. It’s the computer that runs every single cell in your body, so to improve any aspect of your health, start with what helps your brain. It turns out that exercise and chiropractic adjustments are at the top of the list for improving brain function. There are many ways in which adjustments and exercise benefit your health, but brain health is number one. And it turns out that exercise and adjustments are synergistic, feeding on each other. When people start getting adjustments, they feel better and have more energy. They tend to exercise more. Motion is our natural state. We are beautifully designed for constant movement, not sitting. As people exercise more, they hold adjustments better.
Chiropractic adjustments have a direct effect on the brain. Think of the spine as a giant windmill, generating energy to the brain when it moves. There are over 100 joints in the spine and all of these receptors residing within the spinal joints constantly feed and nourish the brain. The brain uses most of the energy created in the body. When your spine is healthy (properly aligned) it moves as it should and the nerve flow generated interrupts the stress response process. When a subluxated (misaligned) is adjusted, it stops the stress hormones, Cortisol and Adrenalin, from flooding the body. The adjustment resets the chemistry of the brain and re-allocates blood flow back to the areas of the body that need it. This reset allows the beneficial Serotonin, Dopamine, and Oxytocin to be released. The frontal cortex is also able to function at optimal so you have increased cognitive function and then because Cortisol and Adrenalin are not elevated, your memory, learning, gastrointestinal and immune function work better.
Every single adjustment recalibrates the brain to do what it should be doing. This is why people who are under regular chiropractic care tend to have a happier state of mind. They handle stress better. They concentrate and learn better. They get pregnant more easily. They have babies more easily. They even undergo surprising positive personality changes. A chiropractic adjustment is so much more than getting rid of the pain. That’s the easy part. The real long-term benefits of regular chiropractic care are better brain function, a healthier immune system, and overall higher quality of life.
Some of the biggest news in exercise science reveals that exercise changes how our cells communicate with each other and how rapidly we age. And just as exciting is that every little bit of exercise helps our brain in profound ways. Recent research shows that when we exercise, we actually grow new brain cells, especially in the hippocampus, a portion of the brain that is essential for memory. So it turns out that one of the best things you can do to improve memory is to exercise. Sitting at a computer, doing crossword puzzles, or brain-teasers can’t even compare to exercise when it comes to a healthier brain. This has to do not with just increased blood flow, but especially from the nerve flow from the body to the brain activated in the joint receptors blood flow.
Another recent study shows that when we exercise, far-flung parts of our bodies apparently communicate with one another, thanks to tiny, particle-filled balloons that move purposefully through the bloodstream from one cell to another, carrying pressing biochemical messages.
The findings show that exercise can change people’s brains and minds right away, without requiring weeks of working out. Even better, the exertion required can be so slight as to allow almost anyone, even those who are out of shape or possibly disabled, can benefit. As little as ten minutes of exercise have significant benefits to the brain. People can improve their memories with a short walk or an easy session of something like yoga or tai chi. Studies also show that regular exercisers tend to have a larger, healthier hippocampus than those who do not, especially as they grow older. Even one bout of exercise, research suggests, can help most of us to focus and learn better than if we sit still.
Guess what research shows are the most effective anti-aging strategies? No surprise, it’ adjustments. Scientists have discovered that one of the most important indicators of aging is the length of telomeres, the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our genes. Without telomeres, our DNA strands become damaged and our cells can’t do their job. A recent study found that after only 5-6 months of chiropractic care or exercise, telomere length increased along with the quality of life. This was an amazing finding as it has been difficult to find ways to increase telomere length. Exercise, healthy food, good sleep, and avoiding toxins also improve telomere health, or at least slow down the degenerative process. In one study, middle-aged people who began a two-year program of regular aerobic exercise reversed the age-related stiffening of their cardiac arteries. Guess what happens when we do both adjustments and exercise? Incredible benefits are the result.
So where do you start? You can jump in with both feet if you want, or you can start small, with baby steps. I love the concept of striving for 1 percent. It suggests striving for improving yourself by 1 percent per day. You will see results and are more likely to create a lasting change if you push yourself a little more every day. Maybe it’s time to get back on track with your adjustments. Take advantage of all the benefits regular chiropractic care has to offer.
Write goals down and celebrate the victories. It helps to share goals with trusted family and friends. It tends to keep us on track because we do not want to have to tell others that we have quit this healthy behavior we had announced. We all want to succeed. Many people benefit from having a partner in crime, a walking buddy, a fellow gym rat, or a friend at Weight Watchers.
Once you have success with new behavior, you will be much more likely to expand to other healthy behaviors.
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