Great Health: INSIST ON IT!
One of the things that I believe my patient really appreciate is teaching them how to develop healthy habits. We educate them on what healthy habits consist of, and what they look like when practiced regularly. There is NO greater gift that you can give yourself than the gift of a healthy body and mind. The return on investment of putting time and energy into your health is 1,000-fold. It will determine if you ultimately become a blessing or burden as you age. In our office, we have created a simple yet powerful graphic and metaphor to know what "habits" reap the biggest rewards. Great health: “INSIST ON IT”. Each letter stands for a different yet important category of good health. Inflammation: You must minimize the inflammatory load on the body. Are you inflamed? Learn how to decrease inflammation in the body. Belly-fat is one of the biggest causes of inflammation in the body because it produces cytokines (inflammatory messengers). Nutritional Deficiency: The body requires nutrients to function optimally such as Vitamin D3, Omega-3 fatty acids, Magnesium, B-vitamins, and Probiotics to name just a few. Are you getting enough of them? I recommend supplementing these nutrients with a good quality company. Subluxation: Misalignment in the spine compromises our posture and movement patterns. This impacts our nervous system's ability to adapt to environmental stresses. Posture follows movement like a shadow and alignment determines posture and ultimately movement. Insulin Resistance: We are eating too many refined carbohydrates and way too much sugar. 40% of Americans over 40 are now obese and have Metabolic Syndrome which leads to SO many chronic diseases. Eat mostly carbohydrates with fiber, which comes down to eating mainly vegetables, and limited amounts of fruit. Sleep Deficiency: We downregulate our sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and our bodies heal when we sleep. As a society, we are not getting the required amount of restful sleep to recover and heal. Health begins with HEALing and recovering. Toxicity: We are exposed to WAY too many environmental toxins, especially in our food. Be mindful of toxins that you may be exposed to. Overstimulated Sympathetic Nervous System: We are way too stressed out and don’t know how to turn off our sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system through things like meditation, walks in nature, exercise, and deep-breathing exercises, just to name a few. No Muscle Mass: As a society, we are significantly under-muscled, and loss of muscle mass is the #1 biological marker of aging. Get strong! A strong body has command over its world.
Increased Visceral Fat: Our bellies are killing us, and we are carrying too much fat in our trunks, strangling our organs, and producing way too many cytokines, which are molecules of inflammation.
The Lack of Purpose: Without a purpose, life has no meaning and without meaning, why would you want to perform at your optimal level? If your life doesn't matter, neither does your health. Why did God put you on this earth? What are your talents and passions that could help this world? When you have a talent that serves something bigger than yourself, you will know HAPPINESS and PURPOSE.
Yours in great health,
Dr. Dane Donohue