4 Core Principles to Healthy Living: N.A.M.E.
At ProMotion Chiropractic, we are proud to offer holistic health care that is individualized for each patient based on his or her health care needs and personal goals. Health is not just eating healthy once per week, or going to the gym for a few weeks at the beginning of the year. Our Uptown Charlotte chiropractor believes that true health is achieved through habitual lifestyle changes that allow your body to operate at its maximum capacity. Being “healthy” does not involve taking medications to mask symptoms or reduce pain, but instead applying our 4 Core Principles to achieve greater health and add quality years to your life. Our mission is to empower, educate and encourage our Charlotte community to achieve greater health and wellness by taking your health into your own hands for long- term benefits.
These Core Principles can be summed up with the acronym: N.A.M.E.
Nutrition is the foundation for how the body operates and heals. Food is fuel for bodies to either perform at its best or start to self- destruct, depending on which foods you are using as fuel. Currently there is an epidemic in our country of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, metabolic syndrome and cancer. These diseases are all linked to the “wrong” fuel that we are feeding our bodies. Imagine putting diesel gas in your car that requires unleaded gas- if you did that your car would literally stop working and cause your car to break down. This can be a costly mistake. This analogy is exactly what is happening with our health crisis in America- we are putting the wrong fuel in our bodies, causing pain, chronic diseases and early death. Our Charlotte Chiropractor encourages a diet that minimizes inflammation and helps prevent chronic disease. She believes that sugar should be avoided at all costs! Sugar is what feeds inflammation and wreaks havoc in our bodies, causing massive destruction. Your body needs the nutrients from foods to heal itself, and there is no medication to replace a healthy diet.
A= Adjustments. You only have one spine. There is no such thing as a spinal transplant…yet… so you have to take care of the one you have as long as you can! The joints of the spine can develop restricted movements due to tissue injury, causing pain, muscle spasms, inflammation, headaches, nerve irritation and more. Tissues are often injured from a traumatic event, like a car accident or a sports injury, or from slumped posture while sitting at the computer or even from lifting improperly. When tissues are injured, they undergo physical and chemical changes that create pain and inflammation, which leads to a decreased function. Chiropractic adjustments are aimed at restoring normal range of motion, promoting healing, decreasing pain, alleviating muscle tightness and tension and improving posture.
M= Mental Attitude. A positive mental attitude is an extremely important aspect in creating a healthy balance and is a fundamental aspect in good health. A healthy mental attitude can be achieved with things such as positive thinking, resilience, adequate sleep, relationship- building and stress management.. Chronic stress can be detrimental to the body due to the release of cortisol, which is the stress hormone that is supposed to be secreted only during our “flight or fight”, or stress response to a short term situation (like fighting off a bear attack). However, with chronic stress cortisol remains in the body, creating systemic inflammation, negatively impacting your health and causing your body to hold onto fat. Simple ways to achieve a more positive and balanced mental attitude can include meditating regularly, exercising, journaling or taking time for yourself. There are lots of ways to do this; you just have to find what way(s) work best for you.
E= Exercise. The research studies regarding the health benefits of exercise seems almost endless. Regular exercise is vital to achieving greater health, living longer and adding quality years to your life. Exercise increases oxygen to the brain, reduces insulin resistance, reduces inflammation in the body, allows you to burn fat and create lean muscle, and helps prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia and cancer, and helps reduce anxiety and depression. This list is not all- encompassing. The benefits of regular exercise are discussed further in this blog.
The N.A.M.E. acronym encompasses a balanced lifestyle by creating habitual lifestyle changes that allow your body to operate at its maximum capacity. Each letter in the acronym is just as important as the next to truly create balance and health. Lastly, as the saying goes, “practice makes perfect”, practice incorporating each letter in the N.A.M.E. acronym into your daily routine and you will reap the health benefits.
Author: Courtenay Schroeder, DC
Owner/Chiropractor @ ProMotion Chiropractic
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