Stay Healthy and Balanced During this Season

As the seasons change and the holidays approach, it seems that many of us get slowed down by colds and flus.

Here are some simple tips to avoid this pitfall and maximize your performance during this season.

Nourish Yourself

Eat foods that are warming, fresh, and well cooked; avoid dry or uncooked foods (especially salads and raw fruits and vegetables).

Drink lots of warming liquids such as hot water and herbal teas to prevent dehydration. You can prepare a fresh ginger tea by placing a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger into a pint thermos bottle and filling it with hot water.

Don’t worry if your appetite seems stronger than usual as this is a natural tendency in winter. At the same time, of course, don’t eat to the point of discomfort.

Nourish Your Senses

Stay warm. Give yourself slow, gentle self-massage in the morning or before bed. Use a nourishing, warming oil such as sesame or almond.

Put a pleasantly scented herb plant, such as lavender or rosemary, on your table. As the days get darker and we come indoors more, it can soothe your senses to bring some outdoors in.

Sleep and Restful Awareness

Get enough sleep!

Learn to meditate. Life speeds up during this time so make sure you give yourself a time out and plan some quiet time, even if only for 5-10 minutes. Take time and recharge your system.

Thinking About True Health

What is health?

Many people think that health is simply “feeling good and looking good.” But true health is more than just the absence of disease. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, health is “the condition of being sound in body, mind and spirit.” The World Health Organization states that health is a “state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing,” not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. True health is the full expression of life! This is the chiropractic perspective.

Your body is built to experience true health. Your body is smart. It has an intelligence inside of it that has helped it to grow from two cells into the amazing, complex, dynamic being that you are today! These two cells have created a body complete with a very sophisticated nerve system that stretches for miles, and stores over 100 trillion bits of information. Your nervous system contains100 billion neurons that can send impulses at lightning speed to every cell, tissue, organ and system in your body.

Why, then, does our body sometimes not work the way we want it to? Why do we experience aches and pains, digestive problems, high blood pressure, depression, or other health challenges? Something is interfering with the body’s natural ability to function, self regulate and mend. This interference is usually caused by stresses and strains that accumulate on our spine on a daily basis, and over time. Examples of these stressors are:

Physical: sitting, bad sleep position, weak muscles, falls, injuries, repetitive strain.
Chemical : medications, environmental, and food chemicals
Mental/Emotional: daily tension that affects our physiology by triggering chemical reactions and creating changes in our physiology.

To be alive is to be under stress. It is impossible to avoid stress. It is not the stress, but how our bodies respond to stress that matters most in our overall health. Getting enough sleep, exercising, eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and practicing deep breathing are all ways to help your body adapt to stress. However, your spine, through which your nervous system controls your body’s ability to function and heal, is vital in your ability to adapt. Maintaining a healthy spine – or correcting a less-than-healthy spine — will help you adapt more quickly and be less susceptible to life’s stresses.

Adding regular chiropractic adjustments to your healthy lifestyle will take the pressure off your spine, allow your nervous system to function more effectively, and help you to experience the meaning of true health.

Your health affects Everything you do and Everyone you know

Many people think of health when they do not have it.  They wish they had done things earlier.  This time of year gives us the collective perspective that it is time to wake up to our potential for better life expression through our health and well being.  This excites me because these principles are chiropractic principles.  We chiropractors embrace the concept of personal responsibility and making tiny little drops in the bucket to create future waves of wellbeing.

I love this time of year when we all seem to realize and want to commit to our own well being.  We are making commitments to care for ourselves better.  Please share your health resolutions below so others can get inspired.  The healthier you are, the better your contribution to your family, community and profession.  Thank you for making the commitments you are making!  It makes a difference for all of us.

The Power of Querencia

Querencia means a place a person feels safe, or desires to be. This term is used in bullfighting and refers to the moment when the bull pauses in the ring, finds his breath, slows down and stops reacting to the things the matador is doing to keep him under control.  Most matadors try hard not to let the bull find this place of power and strength and work to keep the bull in a state of reaction.

This summer finds me contemplating the power of my querencia, my pause.  How many of us are on the hamster wheel with our health, our family life, our spiritual life, our personal development?  So often we spend our days just deflecting and surviving from one day to the next.  The whirlwind of life often leaves us drained and in reaction.  IF we only would take the time to STOP, reflect, gather our senses and redirect our focus.

For years, I have witnessed this process to be true with practice members in our Chiropractic office in Groton, MA.  People are often spinning from one doctor to another, searching for a diagnosis, a medication, or any means to STOP and silence the signals their bodies are shouting out at them, only to throw themselves back into the ring of life, fighting one daily battle after another.

They override their body’s request for rest, quiet, water, play, movement.  With years and years of practice at this, they have become divorced from the wisdom of their body. Slowly and one step at a time, they must dig out of the hole of disconnection and dysfunction and regain a sense of listening and helping their bodies to function even better than before.

Take time to pause this summer.  Draw a pause sign like the one on the DVD player and put it up on your computer to remind you to stop and breathe, stretch or drink a glass of water.  Re-gather your strength.  Redirect your focus to amplify your own health and wellbeing.

What three steps can you take today to bring more wellbeing into your daily routine?   I am renewing my commitment to a morning routine of drinking water, practicing yoga and having a healthy shake for breakfast.  I invite you to share your steps in the comment section below and begin to create your querencia, to gather your strength and return to your life triumphant against the forces that keep you reactive and less than you most wonderful self.  And that’s no bull!