It’s that time of year again, when people start hitting the gym, making resolutions and vowing to do A, B or C and not X, Y or Z. I always like the start of the year, not necessarily to take some kind of drastic action, but from the sense that we’re starting with a clean slate. The New Year offers a fresh perspective and a cleanse from the previous one. 365 days are ahead of us to do whatever we desire, to make healthy choices for ourselves and our families and to continue evolving as members of this human race.
Too esoteric? Stay with me! I just want to reaffirm that the power of choice that lies ahead of us in the New Year. One choice we have, that I believe trumps all others, if the ability for us to be proactive with our health care, rather than reactive.
How do you determine if you are healthy? If your definition of health is that you feel good or don’t have any symptoms, consider this: The World Health Organization defines health as, “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Interesting! The way I see it, healthcare is the process of making choices proactively to support well-being and NOT reactively once you are ill or symptoms appear.
Q. Do Symptoms occur before or after the dysfunction occurs?
A. Symptoms always occur after.
Q. Are symptoms more likely the cause of the problem or the result of the problem?
A. Symptoms are always the effect of the problem.
I strongly advocate taking action today in support of your health and not waiting for illness to direct your day-to-day (disease) self-care.
My experience has shown me that optimal health begins with a healthy nervous system. Take a look at the diagram above and picture your health as a wheel – at the center is your nervous system. Let’s take a second to discuss some basic biology. As you know, your brain is the control center of your body with the nervous system acting as the information highway, delivering messages from the brain to different parts of the body – even when the body and other bodily systems are in a resting state. Signals sent from the brain through the nervous system control all functions like your thoughts, your movements, your memory and more. How well these systems are working within your body can dramatically influence mood, attitude and even your safety.
When these systems are working to their full potential, every part of the body benefits immediately. Your ability to focus will increase, mood will improve, your immune system will strengthen – your body will even be able to digest food better. As the productivity of specific systems increases a domino effect is created; every body part is working together to heal and maintain all other organs and systems.
On the other hand, the brain and nervous system, like any body part, will begin to become more susceptible to disease and decreased functioning if they are not properly maintained. This is why it’s imperative to be proactive with your healthcare and wellness. In future blog posts I’ll share tips for maintaining optimal health of your nervous system and entire body. But for today I’ll leave you with one imperative – please do not wait for symptoms of dis-ease to manifest. Take control of your health before it controls you. It is much easier to be proactive than reactive. Be thoughtful with your health!