Want To Feel Healthier In 2022? Ideas For Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions
Hey everyone! My name is Dr. Preston Benjamin and I’m the owner and chiropractor at Enhance Life Chiropractic. I’m starting to write a monthly blog to bring you all some great info that can hopefully help you in your daily lives. Enjoy!
Happy New Year! If you’re like me, then you’re ready to be done with 2021 and move on to brighter pastures. Brighter pastures for most people include trying to better themselves and making New Year’s resolutions. According to a survey done by Statista, the top 3 most common resolutions for 2022 are: to exercise more, eat healthier, and to lose weight. Many times, it’s hard for us to stick with our resolutions for one reason or another. Chiropractic care can help us follow through on our New Year’s resolutions and here’s how!
I’ll start with exercising more. Chiropractic care can help us exercise more by decreasing our pain, and in turn increasing our confidence in our abilities so we feel more able and motivated to exercise. A lot of times a lingering injury can lead us to avoid exercise. A chiropractor can help resolve that injury, taking away that aversion to exercise. Another benefit to chiropractic care, is that it increases our range of motion. By removing any subluxations in the body, a chiropractor makes sure that all the joints are moving properly as well as the associated nerves so there is full function of all the joints. Having full range of motion allows us to exercise easier and get the full benefit from our workouts.
Chiropractic care can help us lose weight in a few different ways. First, by going back to how chiropractic can help us exercise more. If we are able to exercise without pain, then we should be able to exercise for longer, do more strenuous workouts which in turn allows us to burn more calories and lose more weight. Secondly, due to the high-pressure society we live in, most people are in a subconscious state of stress called fight or flight mode. This is when the sympathetic side of our nervous system takes over and any food we eat we store for later use. Chiropractic activates the parasympathetic nervous system, or the rest and digest side of our nervous system. We do this by affecting the vagus nerve. When this side is activated, we digest our food stores allowing us to lose weight more easily.
The other part of the “losing weight” equation is eating healthy, which leads us into the third most common New Year’s resolution. Chiropractors take a wholistic approach, it’s not only about your joints being in alignment but also feeding your body the food it needs to thrive. By being under regular chiropractic care your doctor is able to suggest diet changes based on your health and lifestyle, while constantly reevaluating and changing the plan as you and your doctor find out what works and what doesn’t. Chiropractors make sure our nervous systems are working to the best of their ability and when our nervous system is functioning at its best, we can get the intended nutrients out of our food. For example, it is our nervous system’s job to release intrinsic factor into our stomach so we can digest Vitamin B12 and if it is not functioning to the best of its ability, you may not be secreting enough or intrinsic factor at all.
Spend More Time with Family
Bonus! The next most common New Year’s resolution is spending more time with family. Chiropractic can help you spend more time with your family because if you’re pain free, you’re more likely to do activities with your family. You’re also more likely to not be spending precious time going to appointments trying to fix whatever pain you’re in if you’re under regular chiropractic care. You might be thinking “Well if I’m under regular chiropractic care, won’t I be going to a bunch of appointments anyway?” What I will say about that is a chiropractic adjustment can be very quick anywhere from 5-20 minutes depending on the doctor, and I don’t think any of us have spent that little time in a medical office. Chiropractic adjustments are like oil changes. We preemptively take care of the small issues before they turn into big ones.