Proactive vs. Reactive

Do you wait until you are in a health crisis before seeking help from an illness care provider?  Or do you actively seek the advice from a “wellness” care practitioner to help you stay healthy and prevent dis-ease?  It is time for members of the community to change their perception of what health REALLY is.  Most dictionaries define health as being free from illness or injuries.  Yet most people embrace a definition of simply being symptom free.  It is well established that the diseases that are the most devastating in our country are those that are slow progressing and degenerative.  Heart Disease, Cancer, and Diabetes are deadly diseases that many people suffer from.  The reason is because the symptoms of these diseases don’t surface until long after the disease process has started.  Picture this scenario like an iceberg.  Normally, the tip of the iceberg is what you can see above water.  But what lies beneath the surface is much larger than what is visible.  This is the difference between dis-ease and disease.   Dis-ease is the struggle the body is going through to maintain health in a relatively symptom-free state.  This is the point at which blood chemistry starts to change (chronically high cholesterol or blood sugar), blood pressure starts to increase, or a tumor starts to grow but symptoms haven’t surfaced.  Disease is a state when the internal struggles become too great for the body to battle and systems begin to fail causing symptoms to surface.  At this point, health is a long way off and many people rely on medication provided by their illness care provider as a “reactive” approach to trick the body into feeling healthier.

The good news is that a healthier approach is available for people to reverse the process from disease to true health, and medication is not necessarily required long term.  Eighty to ninety percent of people get themselves into a health crisis by not exercising, sleeping poorly, eating unhealthy foods, and not managing stress.  Simply by cutting refined sugar and homogenized oil products (cakes, cookies, ice cream, chips, etc) out of your diet, eliminating gluten, only drinking water and limiting alcohol you can start a journey back to health. Increasing your vegetable and fruit intake, and increasing the consumption of foods with Omega 3 Fatty Acids like salmon,  almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and green leafy vegetables can significantly reduce inflammation in the joints and vascular system.  Losing excess weight is a big factor in restoring health.  Combining the above diet with cardiovascular exercise like fast pace walking, jogging, stationary bike, or the elliptical machine for 30 minutes 3 to 4 times weekly will detoxify the body and help you lose the weight that needs to be lost.  If you average 7 hours of sleep per night, and engage in activities you enjoy on a regular basis, along with the above exercise and nutritional recommendations you will be well on your way back to a healthy you.

Taking simple proactive steps to preserve or restore your health will prevent the desperate need to  be reactive and take potentially dangerous medications or risky surgeries to stay alive.  Talk to your chiropractor or call our office to discuss how being a chiropractic wellness patient can turbo boost your own healthy habits and live a long and active life.