Maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires a multifaceted approach. Living your healthiest life involves the crucial role of what you put into your body. Chiropractic, which focuses on the body’s natural ability to heal itself, recognizes the profound impact healthy food and drink choices have on overall well-being.
Proper hydration significantly impacts joint health (and literally every process in the body). Water is essential for maintaining the cushioning and lubrication of joints, facilitating the smooth movement of bones, and preventing degenerative changes everywhere in the body. Staying adequately hydrated prevents injuries, increases cognitive function, and takes stress off your nervous system. Herbal teas and infused water are great alternatives without the added sugars in most commercial drinks. Consuming electrolytes, as well as avoiding or limiting the intake of dehydrating elements such as alcohol, unnecessary medications, etc. will help you stay hydrated. Surprisingly, coffee and tea have a net hydrating effect if you don’t add sugar.
True health lies in understanding the interconnectedness of all the body’s systems. The gut-spine connection is a prime example of this. Digestive function strongly influences spinal health. If your digestion is compromised, so goes every other system in your body. Nutrient-positive foods provide the essential vitamins and minerals needed for maintaining strong bones and supporting the spine’s structural integrity. While supplements can support specific gaps or conditions, eating and drinking consciously is the way to feeling and “being” your best.
Chronic inflammation is increasingly recognized as a contributor to disease. Hydrating properly and a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods reduces chronic inflammation. Most people accomplish this by reducing processed foods and increasing protein and healthy fats. Mindful eating practices (such as chewing each bite thoroughly before swallowing) aid digestion and reduce stress-related digestive issues. Avoiding or eliminating the consumption of inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, and sugar brings immediate and significant benefits such as pain reduction and weight loss. Try it for two weeks to experience change in your body!
Eating and drinking healthy doesn’t have to be boring. It may take some effort initially, but conscious consumption eventually adds more variety and excitement to mealtime. We often underestimate how physical health impacts mental health and well-being, but in reality, the mind and body are integrated. Making positive changes to what you consume will improve every aspect of your life. There’s no better time to start making those changes than now!