Five keys to health (Breaslow, UCLA, 1987)
1. Proper nutrition
2. Adequate exercise
3. Sufficient rest and relaxation
4. Good posture
5. Positive attitude
#4 above is the most important in Chiropractors’ minds. Poor posture stresses the nerves exiting the spine and can interfere with nerve information going out to the body organs and returning to the brain.
Other important ingredients to good long-term heath are:
1. Sunshine. Mother’s milk has no vitamin D because God planned that we get it from the sun. In the summer get 12 minutes 3 times a week during the less hot hours (more if you are darker and less if you are lighter) over 50% of your body, i.e. laying once on your back, then 2 days later on your stomach. Prevent exposure to the face, ears and back of the neck, areas where we get too much as is. In the winter we need more than 12 minutes (and during the hotest time.) The skin should become slightly pink. Don’t wash the exposed skin for 24 hours.
2. Exercise. 45 minutes 3 times a week. There are formulas for target hear-rate such as 80% of 220 minus your age, but an easier way is to use the “Sing-Talk rule.” If you can sing while exercising, go faster. If you can’t t..a..l..k, slow down. This is a good guideline which is also helpful as your fitness level increases. Water exercise keeps you cool, while reducing weight on the joints.3. Eat more vegis and fruits, specially the ones with dark colors. Reduce pasta, bread, white potatoes, rice. Stay away from margarine, corn/sunflower/canola oils. Remember that only calves drink milk, and then only for their first months. Cows don’t drink milk to get calcium. In fact, cow’s milk is very high in phosphorus (unlike human milk) which causes osteoporosis. Coke, sugar, alcohol, a high animal protein diet, lack of exercise, lack of Vitamin D, smoking and bad genes also contribute to thinner bones. New research shows that although Yemenite women have thinner bones, their bone quality is good; therefore they suffer less fractures.