Health Beyond the Chiropractor

Being a chiropractor in Peterborough I like to live as healthy as I can to make sure I stay on top form not just for today or tomorrow, but also for the next 20, 30 and 40 years.

Living the chiropractic lifestyle means living to your bodies maximum true health potential. As chiropractic enhances your nervous system which controls all your body systems like the immune system, digestion, muscle contraction, heart rate and blood pressure. It also looks after your skeletal health helping to prevent pain and degeneration.

There is however still more that is important to include in your routine and lifestyle to live to the max and invest in your future health.

Physical exercise, use it or lose it. As we age our hormone levels decline. The Human Growth Hormone from the brain and testosterone levels reduce resulting in muscle loss (and the tendency to put on weight). STAY ACTIVE, keep the metabolism high and ticking over. You should combine your physical activities into a sport or pass time that you enjoy but also acknowledge a variety of exercises. For example training with weights is good for building muscle and strength but do not neglect your cardiovascular systemic health. This is best trained with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), getting the heart under stress by holding a certain intensity over a period of time and then resting and allowing recovery before stressing the heart again (think about it like doing sets of exercises with weights). Did you know that most fat is excreted from the body not by burning it and converting it to energy but by exhaling it. So get out of breath, get the systems pumping.

Functional and core fitness are also very important and probably the most neglected. Holding your plank (correctly the body straight) or yoga/Pilates. These are key to keeping you moving and feeling good.

Nutrition is also another aspect of living a healthy lifestyle that you should try and get into your routine. We all love chocolate but changing from milk chocolate to dark chocolate will mean you get a treat but eat a lot less as it’s fairly rich. Dark chocolate has some nice antioxidants inside too. Change from tea to green tea (cut out the sugar). Although changing our tastebuds and pallet takes a little discipline, once you get use to the green tea and then go back to regular tea with sugar you will be able to taste the amount of sugar that’s actually in it and appreciate why it was wise to take that little effort to change your habits. Get onto green leafy vegetables for your carbs and away from the THREE WHITE POISONS – SALT, SUGAR and FLOUR.

Here at the Peterborough Chiropractor Health and Wellness Group we also encourage adding to your nutritional health with supplementation. For £1.50 a day you can have Proargi9+. A very impressive amino acid compound that enhances multiple body systems including the secretion of Human Growth Hormone from the brain to keep muscle tissue growing and has massive potential with cardiovascular health among others (see the nutrition tab on our website for more information or click HERE).

Daniel O’Sullivan
Peterborough Chiropractor (Peterborough Chiropractic Health and Wellness Group)