You can only achieve or maintain holistic health when your brain and body are in harmony.
Physical complaints, such as pain, are often expressed as psychological problems. Persistent restrictions in everyday life, such as those caused by back problems, often lead to depressive moods in those affected.
Conversely, your physical health is also strongly influenced by your mental state. Patients affected by depression or burnout usually suffer from listlessness and lack of sleep. They exercise too little or eat poorly, leading to other health problems.
Here are some ways to make sure you’re taking care of your entire self, mentally and physically.
Holistic Health is Practicing Good Sleep Hygiene
Do you sleep enough? Is your sleep restful? Do you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? Healthy sleep means falling asleep quickly, sleeping through the night, and waking rested.
Sleep is necessary for physical recovery because that’s when vital processes occur. For example, the body’s defenses are strengthened, metabolic waste products are removed, and growth hormones are formed for cell renewal.
In addition, the brain processes and stores your memories of the day. Good sleep hygiene significantly impacts concentration and memory and positively affects feelings, mood, and performance. It also prevents health problems.
Hormones influence your sleep-wake cycle. During daylight, the wake-up hormone serotonin is released. Your body converts serotonin into the sleep hormone melatonin when it gets dark, making you tired in the evening.
Good sleep balances the stresses of everyday life and provides physical support. If your body becomes imbalanced due to too much pressure and too little relief, it cannot develop its self-healing powers and becomes susceptible to illnesses and functional disorders.
Aim for Balanced Nutrition
According to the World Health Organization, people consume more energy-dense foods, fats, sugars, and salt than recommended. Many don’t eat enough fruits, vegetables, and other fibers like whole grains.
Your body needs a colorful variety of foods every day to stay healthy. A nutritionally balanced diet contains many vegetables, plant products, whole grains, fruits, and potatoes. These foods are important energy suppliers for the body.
Take your time cooking and eating. Don’t stress, just enjoy both the preparation and the food itself. When you eat slowly and comfortably, your body processes food differently. Eating slowly also gives your body enough time to let you know it’s had enough, so you don’t feel bloated after eating.
If you need help developing a nutrition plan, Spinal Logic Chiropractic can help. We offer detailed recommendations on dietary supplements and wholesome food options. Do you know which vitamins and supplements are best for your optimal health? Call Dr. Mike for information on a structured nutritional program tailored to your needs.
Pay Attention to Posture
Paying attention to your posture is essential. With the proper posture, you can prevent discomfort, herniated discs, or headaches, for example.
Make sure that your spine maintains a natural shape for the least stress. Keep your back straight when standing or sitting. The right chair can make it easier to sit up straight while remaining relaxed. If you sit for a long time, get up to move around once in a while. If you stand for long periods, make time to do stretches. Regular exercise is the best thing you can do for your spine to keep it as healthy as possible.
Spinal and posture screenings can provide vital health information and open the door to better health and wellbeing. We conduct screenings at local malls, community gatherings, health fairs, and workplaces. To schedule a screening at your event or business, contact us right away at 317-745-5111.
Holistic Health is for Everyone
Holistic wellbeing means having a healthy mind and body through regular physical activity, a nutritious diet, plenty of water and sunshine, enough sleep, and a nervous system that operates at peak function. We don’t treat your symptoms. We help you manage your physical needs and remove obstacles hindering mental health.
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Disclaimer: The information included in this article is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.