One of the most common conversations I have in the office with patients revolves around how I stay so healthy, and what I do if I get sick. I obviously don't have some sort of special secret or elixir that I am holding back on you. What I do have are a few simple tips on what I do to stay healthy, and what I do when I begin to feel a little under the weather.
The Prevention Is Easier Than The Cure
Ben Franklin once said "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". No truer statement exists when it comes to your health. Take systematic steps EVERYDAY to take care of the health of your body. Keeping your body strong and healthy is the most important factor in not getting sick. For me, this includes doing the following...
- Eat a Healthy Diet: Eat whole foods (organic when available) including lean meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and eggs. Stay clear of processed foods, and excess sugar.
- Drink plenty of water: Don't drink your calories, and don't consume drinks with artificial sweeteners. Stick with water mostly, but unsweetened green tea is also a nice alternative.
- Exercise: Your body is meant to move. Most of us sit far too much in a given day. Plan out a MINIMUM of 30 minutes everyday for high intensity exercise.
- Get Adjusted: Your nervous system and your immune system are inter-woven. If you want to keep your immune system working at a high level, it is best you get your spine and nervous system checked regularly to ensure that happens. Make it a point to get your spine checked at the chiropractor a minimum of 2x per month.
We All Get knocked Down Sometimes, How Quick Do You Get Up?
None of us are perfect, and sometimes our body gets run down for a variety of reasons. If you notice this is happening it is important to react quickly, and not let things progress without a fight. Here are a few tips to help your body recover as quickly as possible...
- Rest: In order for your body to fight off whatever it is dealing with, you need to rest. Listen to your body and don't fight it. Get plenty of sleep overnight, and naps during the day if needed.
- Drink Plenty of Water: It is important to do this anyways, but it is very important when your body is trying to fight off sickness. Stay very well hydrated with plain water.
- Avoid sugar like the plague: As I mentioned above, it is best to keep sugar consumption low. Sugar is proven to drastically lower your immune system function, so avoid it at all costs when you aren't feeling well and keep your diet in general very clean.
- Get Adjusted More Than Usual: Don't worry that you are sick, you need to get adjusted more than ever. Get in for an extra visit or 2 during this time to help your immune system.
In closing, here is a little food for thought for you. Why are some seemingly always healthy, and others always sick? Is it just luck? Are the germs/virus's what make us sick, or do germs/virus's proliferate on a sick and unhealthy body? Are maggots attracted to a healthy body or dying flesh? Don't try and fight sickness, strive for better and better health everyday. Build a strong, healthy body and you will be AMAZED at the level of health that you can sustain!