With winter here, it is quite common for me to hear people “catching the cold”. One of my first questions back to them is “how did you catch it – with one hand or two?”
I add the fact that, if as a practitioner there are all of these sick people coming in to see me, spreading their germs, why is it that I do not get sick? The answer lies in the fact that it is not the seed (the germs) that cause the disease, it is the soil (the body and its state of health or dis-ease) that allows the germs to ‘germinate’.
Lets explain what I mean. Picture two garbage cans in front of you. One bin has continually collected rubbish over the years and has never been cleaned out. The second bin also collects rubbish, but is cleaned on a regular basis, and is like brand new. Of the two bins, which will attract the flies and the vermin? It is the first bin of course. In our attempt to stop the spread of the flies and the rats, we spray the flies with Mortein, and lay rat poison. However, over time, the flies and the rats return and the cycle repeats itself. The sensible thing to do is to clean out the bin!
The bin is your body. Day to day the stressors of our body, such as poor diet, inadequate nutrition, poor posture, lack of exercise, not enough sleep and an under performing nervous system will allow our body to collect rubbish, and provide the fertile soil for germs to spread and multiply, allowing us to become ill. Most people will visit their GP and be prescribed some antibiotics, much like spraying the flies with Mortein. This only acts as a stop gap, a band aid over the real cause of the dis-ease process in the first place.
The key to remaining healthy is to ensure that we upkeep and enhance our health across the five essential pillars of health. That being:
- Maintaining an adequate diet. Only eating food that roams on and grows from the earth (rather than food that had been processed) and drinking the right amount of water for you (25 – 35 ml of water per kg of body weight).
- Getting ample rest on a mattress and a pillow that properly supports you.
- Exercising. We were made to move and not sit all day.
- Having a healthy attitude. Getting rid of the ‘stinking thinking’ and clearing your mind.
- Finally, and most importantly, having an optimally functioning nervous system. After all, the nervous system controls and coordinates every cell, organ, system and function of the body.
Chiropractic care delivers on all five of these essentials to help you maintain your health and more importantly get the most out of life.