What are the 5 Pillars of Health
If you are reading this, then chances are that you realised something. Real health doesn’t come from the outside in, it comes from the inside out!
When you come in for an adjustment or a massage, our chiropractic practitioners and massage therapists aren’t healing you. You are healing you. We are simply the middle man in getting your body to heal by removing barriers to healing. There are always examples where medication and surgery have their place, but there is a global shift towards wellness through self-development, mindfulness and applying healthy principles to your daily living. To help you understand this process we’ve identified the five pillars of health that you should keep in mind to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Nutrition makes up one of the 5 pillars of health. ‘Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food’ (Hippocrates). Try to buy local, fresh and good quality ingredients. These ingredients are usually the closest to their source and thus haven’t lost any important vitamins or minerals due to freezing or shipping.
You can also try to cook more from scratch and avoid takeaways where possible. Improve your variety of food and include several different types. You should also aim for the target of 7 or more fruit and veg every day!
Hydration is also key so make sure you keep up with regular water intake throughout the day. The standard benchmark is 2L of water a day but this may change depending on the season or nature of your work.
Exercise is another important area to the pillars of health and one that goes hand in hand with diet. Exercise doesn’t necessarily mean committing several hours every day to strenuous exercise either. Start with small habits like a daily walk (10k steps is suggested) and try to build up to at least three weekly strength training sessions. You can also incorporate stretching for a few minutes before and after sleep to improve your mobility and keep joints supple.
3. Social/Spiritual Health
Health isn’t just about your physical health but your social and spiritual health too. It may not be the easiest thing to do but try to make time for meeting with friends and family. Humans are social creatures and socialising is a fantastic balm for the daily stressors we face. You should also make time for yourself and any hobbies or interests you may have.
Sleep is an important time where your body rests, takes stock, and prepares your body for the coming day. if you struggle with sleep try to identify the root causes. Maybe it’s staying up late? Perhaps it’s because of eating habits or maybe even an untreated pain issue. Whatever the case, it’s important that you address your sleep issues, be it consulting a specialist such as Relief Chiropractic, turning off the tv an hour before bed or upgrading to better beddings. The more you sleep, the more your body can heal.
5. Mental Health
Mental health is so important to your health and wellbeing. While there is no cure-all there are some general techniques that people often find helpful. Take time to breathe properly and meditate. Balance work and home life. Only try to influence within your locus of control. Work on yourself before working on others. A problem shared is a problem halved.
These are just some of the techniques you can use and please remember that there is always someone to talk to if you need help.
With all of the above, you may find you need help from a professional with elements of the pillars of health. If you are struggling with mental health, or have no idea what to do with nutrition, we strongly urge that you find a practitioner who can give you appropriate advice. While we can’t assist with issues of all kinds we can certainly help point you in the right direction. If we can help you with anything at all, please feel free to book an appointment below or find out more about the conditions and issues we deal with by checking out our Services page. We wish you the best of health.