Foundational Health

It's a lot easier to stay well than to get well.

Unfortunately, few of us think about our health until we don't have it anymore. But here's the interesting thing about health: it's not really something we have. It's a process.

As with all the processes in the body, health comes from within and the nerve system maintains it. And like all processes in the body, the nerve system needs proper support to work its best. So when does that start? As soon as possible.

Tune in all this week as I focus on foundational health and the key factors in maintaining it.

I was a very sick kid.

I started having migraines at age 4, joint pain and inflammation at age 7, dermatitis at 11, and throughout that time, I had constant sore throats and chronic bronchitis. My health foundation was not stable.

As I grew older, I tried all kinds of natural medicines, diets, and therapies. The journey to get well eventually led me to get my Doctorate of Chiropractic, where I learned the term "foundational health." I learned what it is, where it comes from, and how to take care of it.

One of the first keys to maintaining your foundational health starts with drinking enough water.

Sounds crazy, right?

It's true. And even though it's incredibly simple, most people are dehydrated.

The reason it's so important to stay hydrated is that our bodies are 60% water. Cells make up our bodies and the fundamental component of those cells is water. Therefore, making sure your daily water intake is at least 64 ounces is essential.

The quality of the water you drink is critically important, so make sure you're drinking lots of well or spring water that has natural minerals in it.

Food also plays a huge role in your foundational health. Ideally, we get all our vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from the food we eat, but this can be tricky due to the use of chemical fertilizers. Chemicals add stress to your nerve system because the brain has to figure out how to process them.

When it comes to meat, it gets even trickier because many animals are fed food from chemically-treated crops, then treated with hormones and antibiotics. These medications get into the meat and add another layer of chemical stress to the load of chemicals the brain has already been processing. As such, it is absolutely critical to know and trust the sources of your foods.

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Exercise and sleep are integral layers of your foundational health. Moving your body is excellent for your nerve system; pain is not. You know your body best; if you have questions about what to do for exercise, ask an expert.

Sleep is the time when your entire body gets the rest it needs, especially your brain and nervous system. Sleep gives your brain a chance to catch up on all the processes it was working on throughout the day. It also gets a shower of sorts, as it fills up with cerebrospinal fluid and detoxifies. However, this only happens when you get enough good quality sleep. Many people don't for a variety of reasons, making it a priority to see a nerve system specialist.

The last layer to foundational health involves your personal beliefs and thoughts. You've probably heard the saying, "you are what you eat." More and more evidence points to, "You are what you think," as being more accurate.

Thoughts feed your brain. When your brain absorbs junk, including thoughts, the results are not great. The better your thoughts, the better your overall functioning.

The master system of your body is the nerve system; it is the key to your foundational health. Keeping it healthy with regular nerve system care is a must in maintaining your overall health.

We all have health inside us and our bodies are always striving toward it. Learn more about gaining and maintaining your foundational health in my book Optimal Family Wellness, available on Amazon here: