By Jeffrey Hurewicz, D.C.
Every healthcare provider’s goal is for patients to live healthier and happier lives. With the abundant amount of information circulating on the internet, and the varying number of approaches by medical professionals, it is sometimes difficult to identify easy and practical steps to achieve optimal health. While our bodies are all unique, there are several actions we all can take to improve our mental and physical well-being. Improving our gut health, positive self-talk, and adequate body movement are three foundational components to a healthy body and mind.
Research has identified that the gut is at the core of optimal function. The gut contains a combination ofbacteria and other microscopic living organisms that when combined create what’s called the microbiome. A proper balance of this bacteria positively affects all other organ functions including the heart, immune system, brain health, weight management, and blood sugar regulation. Taking a good quality probiotic daily is a great start to improve gut health. Probiotics are made of good live bacteria that naturally live in our bodies and keep our systems functioning properly. In addition, taking a digestive enzyme before meals will also support healthy digestion. Digestive enzymes optimize the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates, and protein, promote optimal nutrient absorption, reduce gas, bloating, indigestion, and constipation following meals.
Another small change that can have a big impact on our mental health is positive self-talk. Your thoughts create your reality. Both positive and negative self-talk can be highly influential on our mental health. We have upwards of 60,000 thoughts a day of which 80% have been shown to be negative. This negative self-talk can affect our daily decisions, choices, and behaviors in a negative way. Conversely, we can use the power of our minds to create a positive mindset therefore creating happiness. Some intentional positive thinking can be created in the form of affirmations. An affirmation is a statement that is declared to be true. An action step to begin using affirmations to influence our actions, is to create several ideal statements that support a positive outlook for example: “Today is going to be a great day,” “I am healthy and strong,” These types of statements set a positive tone for our day. By repeating these statements at the same time of the day our brains begin to adopt these thoughts as reality. Regardless of how you may feel physically or what may be going on at the present time of your life, you can use the power of autosuggestion to steer away from the default negative thoughts to a more optimistic abundant mindset. Other techniques such a meditation and talk therapy can help as well.
Movement is the third simple step that every human requires. The old saying, if you don’t use it, you lose it couldn’t be more true. Movement gives us healthy joints, strong bones, physical strength, good circulation, and improves stability, balance, and coordination. To accomplish this, you do not need to spend hours in the gym, it simply requires a consistent daily habit. Movement doesn’t only include traditional exercise, but other forms of movement have been shown to have positive effects on our bodies include massage therapy, chiropractic care, and acupuncture. While massage therapy and chiropractic care will help with joint mobilization, Acupuncture can stimulate the flow of energy in our bodies. Activities such as cycling, yoga, pickle ball or simply walking are all great forms of movement.
Taking care of our gut, positive thinking, and consistent movement are all critical components to a healthy body. Today is a great day to begin your journey to a healthier you. Stay Balanced!