The spine interconnects the entire body transmitting and receiving messages from the brain allowing for coordinated movement. Maintaining optimal spinal health requires some form of regular physical activity that counts as exercise. There are diverse ways to keep the spine at its healthiest. This includes:
- Stress management
- Healthy weight
- Proper posture
- Regular exercise
- Adequate hydration
- Healthy diet
Exercising and the benefits of exercise for spinal health.
Exercise Increases Spine Health
Regular exercise maintains spinal health and boosts the spine’s durability. Here are a few ways:
- Core strength for the stability of the spine is increased
- Flexibility of the spine increases without strain when moving around
- Poor movement patterns that shift the spine out of alignment decrease
- Improved posture that minimizes unnecessary pressure on the spinal joints and nerves
- The body’s natural endorphins are released and properly circulate to provide natural pain relief
- Increased blood circulation to the spine prevents injuries and helps flush toxins
- Improved health of essential tissues like the discs, ligaments, nerve roots, and the cord
Regular body movement improves the quality of life and spinal health. This is because, like a high-quality engine, all the body’s systems are activated and operate at optimal level.
Individuals do exercise but often it is not getting enough exercise that contributes to declining health. Reasons for not getting enough physical activity are related to:
- Motivation or lack thereof
- Not enough time
- Not sure what to do
- Results don’t show quick enough
For individuals experiencing generalized fatigue, pain, or problems staying active, the guidance of a sports/fitness chiropractor can make a significant difference.
Chiropractors Can Help
When spinal health is in top form the body can function at its absolute best. A fitness and sports chiropractor can inform/educate an individual, and based on their specific needs, on what type of exercise stretching regimen would benefit them the most. When the spine is in proper alignment, the motivation falls into place for maximizing an individual’s exercise routine and spinal health long-term.
Vitamin C is the most well-known immune-supporting vitamin. It is an antioxidant that reduces free radicals and protects from oxidative damage that can cause chronic diseases. Vitamin C deficiency can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases-CVDs, which include:
- Coronary heart disease
- Ischemic stroke
Vitamin C plays an essential role in collagen synthesis which helps reduce inflammation and inflammatory diseases. Studies have shown that vitamin C could help lower blood pressure. Vitamin C could also help prevent obesity and related illnesses. Sources of Vitamin C include:
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