What does it mean to be truly healthy? What role does the brain play in your overall health and wellness? Does being healthy mean simply not being sick, or is there something more to health that simply the absence of an illness?
Ask anyone to define health and you may get a mixed response: Most people might describe health as something they feel (or don't feel) while others (including many in allied health profession) define health as a measure of body function. Both definitions can be right. Let’s explore what it means to be truly healthy.
Dorland’s Medical Dictionary defines health as: “A bodily state in which all parts are functioning properly. Also refers to the normal functioning of a part of the body. A state of normal functional equilibrium; homeostasis.” Simply put: Health is when your body is working at 100%.
Did you notice that there was no mention of how you feel in the official definition? That is because health is not necessarily a feeling. The problem is most people believe they are healthy when they have no symptoms of illness (sneezing, coughing, fever, etc.). While everyone would like to feel good, this is an incomplete definition.
What most people fail to realize is that it is possible to be sick on the inside and not feel sick. For example: many symptoms like coughing and sneezing appear at the end stages of an illness, when the body is trying to expel the bacteria or virus. Still unsure? Ask anyone with heart disease what it felt like 10 years ago when their arteries started clogging! Your symptoms may be your brain trying to tell you something is wrong, there is more to it than that.
If true health is your body working at 100%, and not merely feeling good, then how can you make sure your body is functioning and healing at its fullest potential? The answer, may surprise you: Its your brain!
Open any anatomy textbook and you will learn that all function, healing and repair is controlled and coordinated by the nervous system. That is, the brain, spinal cord and nerves. This is the system that not only runs your parts, but also heals and repairs everything from the simplest paper cut to systemic infections.
To ensure true health, it is important to maintain the health of the nervous system. There are many ways to do this, however I have found that the most effective is regular chiropractic care.
Studies have shown that regular chiropractic adjustments enhance and refine the function of the nerve system, which in turn relates to a healthy body and a strong immune system. People under regular chiropractic care benefit from: less sick days, increased concentration, better motor coordination, faster healing and many more! And yes, they get to feel good too! All of this because of your amazing brain!
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