Member Insights: Food and Your Spine

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Member Insights by Ability Chiropractic 

Whether its candy corn, cranberry sauce, or Christmas cookies, we all have our weaknesses when it comes to the holiday season. It’s not unusual to have our diets fluctuate slightly as we’re faced with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas or eight days of Hanukah—maybe even both! Then there’s New Years Eve champagne and Valentine’s Day chocolate…

Needless to say, our bodies have a lot to prepare for. That’s not to say we can’t still enjoy the occasional mini Snickers without completely jeopardizing the healthy lifestyle we’ve (hopefully) worked hard to maintain from February to September.

However, it’s all too easy to forget (or ignore) the influence nutrition has on our overall health. We excuse the bad habits we create as “special occasion indulgences.” But before temptation takes hold and we lose our senses to our sugary sins, let’s take a moment to refresh ourselves on the importance of upholding the integrity of the wellness trifecta throughout the holiday season.

The wellness trifecta includes regular adjustments, exercise, and a healthy diet. These all go hand in hand when it comes to achieving true health. So, even if you do resist that candy basket and incorporate lots of fruits, veggies, and lean meats into your routine along with exercise, you may not be reaping all of the benefits from your good decisions.

Without proper nervous system communication, your body cannot adequately digest, process, or store all of the good nutrients you’re consuming. Imagine that your brain is a cell tower and your body a phone. Each misalignment in the spine creates an interference in the signal. As your body undergoes stress, you lose signal strength.

Unfortunately, we can’t avoid the misalignments in our spines that mess with nerve signals firing back and forth from the brain to every organ in our bodies. These misalignments appear every day as we sit at computers, pick up our kids, and look down at our phones.

The good news is that getting an adjustment is like connecting your body to wifi! Chiropractors focus on improving nerve signal strength and reestablishing brain-body communication by removing misalignments. When the nervous system can send its signals properly, the systems and organs responsible for making use of the foods we ingest can do their jobs and we can feel good about our healthy decisions.

Improving or maintaining your healthy eating and exercise through the upcoming challenges (aka holidays) should be number one on your to-do list. This includes calling Ability Chiro to schedule an adjustment. Call us today so you can meet the holidays with a ready stomach and spine.