3 Secrets to a Healthy Life
By Dr. George Bobbitt
Your body is composed of more than 10 trillion cells. Each cell performs thousands of functions daily. When these cells can perform their function properly and in coordination with the needs of the rest of the body, you have health.
To be healthy, each system of the body must be working at 100% and be in coordination with every other system. Even without symptoms, your body can have diabetes, heart disease, cancer, the beginnings of arthritis, etc., as a result of the systems in your body not functioning properly.
The brain and nervous system together have the responsibility of controlling the trillions of functions that occur throughout all the organs and tissues in your body. Health is not the absence of symptoms, but rather, it is a body that has all of its systems functioning at 100%. The body can heal and defend itself against disease and illness if it is functioning properly.
The three secrets to achieve optimum health are: proper nutrition, regular exercise, and eliminating the negative effects of stress.
Each of us has heard that you must consume enough fresh vegetables and fruits every day. Do you know why? Vegetables and fruits are primary food sources that contain the micronutrients that can destroy free radicals. The accumulation of stress, pollution and lack of nutrients results in the formation of an enemy to the body called free radicals. Eating enough fruits and vegetables can drastically reduce the risk of cancer, heart attack, and stroke. Micronutrients are found in real fruits and vegetables and are missing when you only take a vitamin or a mineral pill.
Another area essential to good nutrition are healthy fats.
- Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids – Sources: fish, nuts, seeds, avocados and a variety of healthy oils to name just a few.
The second necessity to being healthy is exercise. Although a structured regular exercise program would be best, you can achieve most of your exercise goals by simply walking 20 to 30 minutes per day.
The final necessity in achieving good health and eliminating disease is to reduce the harmful effects of stress. Everyone is familiar with the word stress, but few understand how it actually harms your body and what you can do to offset the damage.
- 70-80% of all visits to the doctor are for stress-related illnesses.
- People who experience heightened levels of anxiety are 4 to 5 times more likely to have a fatal heart attack or stroke.
- 50% of all illnesses are caused by stress.
Circumstances of life such as relationships, money and work can cause aggravation and stress, which in turn cause the adrenal glands to repeatedly secrete hormones. The adrenal glands (known as the stress glands) secrete hormones during stressful times in life. Over a prolonged period of time, when secreted day after day, they can actually destroy your health.
These hormones were only meant to be secreted for short periods of times when unusually stressful events occur. The hormones they secrete can weaken the ability to digest or sleep and decrease your immune defenses. Also, they can reduce the circulation to your heart, which could lead to heart disease. You can rebuild your adrenal (stress) glands by eliminating sugar and caffeine from your diet in addition to taking Vitamins B and C as well as certain adrenal gland extracts.
Stress has a definite relationship to the nervous system. The statement that, "I’m feeling uptight," does not simply mean one feels mentally on edge. It means one’s body is tightening up. For this reason people find that techniques designed to reduce muscle tension and relieve physical pressure on the nervous system can benefit stress-related health problems.
Chiropractors discovered when working on people’s spines to relieve pain that other health problems such as poor digestion, breathing difficulties, fatigue, etc., improved under their care. Because Chiropractors have an extensive education in the areas of spinal manipulation, adjustments, nutrition, trigger point therapy and exercise, they are ideally suited to provide a wellness approach to your health problems.