The recipe for becoming healthier, younger and smarter starts with healthy nutrition, brain and nervous system stimulation and short bursts of exercise three times a week.
Daily nutrition should include a variety of foods rich in B-vitamins, DHA and omega 3 fatty acids, essential components for a healthy brain and nerve system. If you are unable to get adequate amounts of these nutrients in your meals (dark green leafy veggies, walnuts, fish, etc.), consider booking a customized nutritional consultation. This 15-20 minute appointment will highlight how you may change your diet to include more essential nutrients and what vitamins may be helpful in improving concerns like sluggish digestion and poor energy, all while boosting your immune system naturally!
A healthy posture means greater focus and attention, a stronger immune system and more energy for the whole family! Regular chiropractic spinal check ups alleviate stress on the spine which houses a bundle of nerves called the spinal cord, a communication highway between the body and the brain. Back pain, neck pain and headaches may be symptoms of poor posture from overloaded backpacks, sitting all day, or even pre-existing underlying joint stress and inflammation. All this interferes with your brain’s ability to electrically signal your body.
The joints in the upper back are especially of concern since their nerves control the heart, lungs, stomach and the glands responsible for fighting infections and for producing energy. So is it a wonder that back to school is correlated with an increased incidence of childhood asthma, allergies, digestive complaints and low energy? Also is the increase in cardiovascular conditions correlated with an increase in slouched postures such as when sitting in front of a computer?
Another area that may be examined is the brain itself, specifically the functions of the right and left hemispheres, the brainstem and the cerebellum, whose problems may also cause hypersensitivities, digestion complaints, tremors, and problems with reading, writing, focus and attention. A back to school family visit to a chiropractor is an important step to make sure your “wiring” is healthy. Regular spinal checkups enhance a strong learning foundation and enable your brain and body to be more efficient, thereby reducing the symptoms of aging and breakdown. Remember, you do not need a referral to see a chiropractor and most insurance plans cover the cost.
Finally, make exercise a priority! In a review study of the effects of exercise on improved cognition in the journal Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, research showed exercise enhanced brain activities such as task switching, selective attention, inhibition of inappropriate responses, working memory capacity, and updating capability (i.e., the ability to learn new things). Sedentary people are prone to diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers. Physical activity reduces susceptibility to these diseases while improving memory. Don’t have time? A McMaster University study on high intensity, short burst exercise found that there was greater benefits working out at 90% intensity for 5 minutes three times per week than exercising daily at lower intensities.
Follow this simple recipe and you too can look and feel years younger while increasing your IQ at the same time!