Apollo’s 5 Pillars of Health

1) Natural health care

Natural health care focuses on prevention and natural solutions to common complains and ailments. Natural health care is an alternative health care route to contemporary medicine. Natural health care practitioners include chiropractors, massage therapists, physiotherapists, naturopaths etc. As times change, contemporary medicine is becoming more and more prevalent in our culture. Almost everyone we know is taking some form of prescription medication. There is one major issue with this new treatment: the side effects. Unfortunately, side effects of a medication are generally treated with another medication. Before long, we are on a long list of medication. This solidifies the importance of natural health care. Natural health care practitioners aim to address the root cause of your symptoms. Insomnia, anxiety and pain do not require an immediate prescription. There is something causing these issues that needs to be uncovered. Visiting a natural health care practitioner is extremely effective in treating and eliminating symptoms, as well as preventing symptoms from arising.

2) Nutrition

Proper nutrition is incredibly important to ensure proper function of the body. Eating wholesome, nutritious foods will give your body the fuel that it needs. Imagine filling the gas tank of your car with mud and expecting it to run perfectly. It won’t happen. You can spend all the money in the world buying the best car but without gas, it’s not going to run. This is how your body works. Filling your body with fast food and processed food is much like filling your car with mud. Your body isn’t going to work effectively. Also, filling your car with premium gas rather than regular will allow you to get more out of your engine. The cleaner the food you eat, the more you will get out of your body. Eating the right foods for your body will help give you the strength that you need to get through life’s toughest days.

3) Good quality sleep

If we take that same car we just discussed and we fill it with gas but never stop to refill the tank, that car will stop working. We can fill our body with all of the right foods, but if our bodies never get proper sleep, we will eventually stop working properly too. Sleep is so incredibly important. There are far too many people that get 12 hours of sleep a night but still complain of fatigue. This is because they are getting enough quantity of sleep, but not enough quality. Quality of sleep is affected by many factors such as stress, pain and medications. A natural health care practitioner can help eliminate symptoms of pain, which will improve sleep drastically. Many people report “sleeping like a baby” following a massage or Ottawa chiropractic adjustment. Emotional issues should be addressed to allow the mind to go to rest. Eliminating interferences will allow a good quality of sleep.

4) Exercise

If you are regularly physically active, you may:

  • reduce your risk of a heart attack
  • manage your weight better
  • have a lower blood cholesterol level
  • lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers
  • have lower blood pressure
  • have stronger bones, muscles and joints and lower the risk of osteoporosis

The reasons to include exercise in your regular routine are endless. You will have more energy, a better mood, feel more relaxed and sleep better.

5) Mind/body

The importance of mental health and a strong mind/body connection is sometimes overlooked, but so important to overall wellness. The mind is where we store our thought, feeling and our beliefs. Without us even realizing, our mental state has an impact on our physical state. Having a negative mental state such as anxiety can result in feeling dizzy, tightness in the chest, headaches and muscle tension. We need to care for our mental state as we do our physical state. Yoga and meditation are two incredibly powerful tools that can be used to strengthen the mind/body connection. These tools allow to gain control of your thought and to clear your mind. When this happens, the mind and body relax.

Until next time,

The Apollo Team

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