Your Brain Loves Chiropractic
Most people accept that chiropractic care is a great way to get well from all kinds of painful conditions, like back pain, neck pain, headaches, knee or shoulder injuries, and so on. As valuable as that may be, the latest research says that chiropractic does more than relieve suffering.
New studies from the Centre for Chiropractic Research in New Zealand have linked chiropractic with improved brain function. Dr. Heidi Haavik, founder and director of the Centre, has shown a connection between chiropractic adjustments and the brain. Specifically, adjustments have a profound impact on the thinking, decision-making part of the brain, the prefrontal cortex.
The more we learn, the more we understand about how important it is to take good care of your brain. Regular chiropractic care is a core component of living a brain-healthy life, but it isn’t all you can do to have a healthy brain – the best brain food is healthy fat, found in foods like olives, fish, nuts, seeds and avocadoes. So, your brain is happy when you eat walnuts or sunflower seeds, when you dress your salad or cook with pure organic olive oil, cook with high-quality coconut oil, or dine on salmon or sardines.
Your brain doesn’t like refined sugar and other carbohydrates. So, your best diet would be low in sugars and high in healthy fats.
Your brain (and the rest of your body) also doesn’t like dehydration. Make sure to drink enough water – if you feel thirsty, drink water. You should aim to increase your water intake and shoot for a goal of drinking half your body weight in ounces of water per day (i.e. 75 ounces for a 150-pound person).
Finally, your brain needs sleep, since it maintains and heals itself while you sleep. Aim for seven hours or more, and your brain function will improve!
Chiropractic care, more healthy fats, less sugar, enough water and sleep – take good care of your brain, and it will take good care of you! Nutrition, hydration, and sleep can be handled on your own, but you cannot deliver a specific adjustment to yourself. If you have never been to a chiropractor or don’t currently have a chiropractor, then we would love to serve as your nervous system specialist. Schedule a consultation to see how chiropractic care can improve your brain and body function and help you live a healthy life!