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Maximize Your Potential for 2014

Maximize Your Potential for 2014

Understanding the 5 Essentials of Health

Happy New Year friends and welcome to the season of resolutions! Each year thousands of Americans make a resolution to lose weight, get healthier, spend more time with family, work less, earn more… the list goes on! Those resolutions are all made with great intentions but many start losing steam around February. Let’s make 2014 different shall we? Let’s start with maximizing our general potential so that we have more energy and ambition to tackle any of the resolutions we set for ourselves!

To begin 2014- I’d like to introduce you to the Five Essentials of Health and Maximized Living. Each month we will break down each of the Essentials, getting to know them well and understand how they all work together. Each of the Five Essentials work together to enhance cellular function; allowing your body as a whole to function at a higher level and without them, you are unable to live a long, healthy and fulfilled life that you are meant to live!

The Five Essentials of Maximized Health and Living are:

1)      Optimal Nerve Supply

2)      Enhanced Mind

3)      Quality Nutrition

4)      Adequate Oxygen and Lean Muscle

5)      Minimized Toxins

Essential #1: Optimal Nerve Supply

The Central Nervous System consists of the brain, protected by the skull, and the spinal cord, protected by 24 movable vertebral bodies most commonly known as the spine. The central nervous system is the lifeline for the entire body; every single cell, tissue, organ, system and function in the body is controlled by this central lifeline. While your body may be able to go days without water, weeks without food and even minutes without oxygen, it cannot keep going one second without the power created by your nervous system. By maximizing nerve supply, we maximize the power supply of life within our bodies.

How to Achieve Optimal Nerve Supply

To achieve optimal nerve supply the communication line between the brain and body must be free from interference, also known as free from vertebral subluxation. More specifically, the vertebral subluxation is a bone in the spine that has become misaligned and is now interfering with the brain-body communication by causing irritation to the nerve.  This will always result in decreased nerve supply, therefore resulting in decreased function of the body.

To have these fully assessed and corrected it is necessary to learn a little bit about the chiropractic profession. The chiropractic profession is trained to scientifically assess, detect and correct these vertebral subluxations and in doing so, allow optimal nerve supply to be possible within the body. Our schooling includes 4 years of undergrad with an additional 4 years of post-graduate school similar to a medical doctor’s curriculum- focusing more however on physiology, radiology and spinal adjustments.

Another way to achieve optimal nerve supply is to decrease the causes of these subluxations- something that is further addressed in the Five Essentials of Health.  Unfortunately, today’s lifestyle makes spinal subluxations very common and most of the time you will not feel the subluxation, but it’s effects on your body can be devastating. Common causes of subluxation are emotional, physical and chemical stress, all of which can occur at all stages of life, including infancy.

The benefits of full spinal correction are not just pain relief, but also greater neurological health, maximized organ function, prevention of spinal degeneration, optimum range of motion, high performance, and a far greater resistance to injury.

Next Article: Part two of the series continues as we further explore the 2nd Essentials of Health: Enhanced Mind. To learn more please join us for our FREE Workshop on Wellness the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 5:30p, find me on Facebook ( As always, Stay Well. Dr. Kimberly Snider lives in High Point with her fiancé Dr. Joe Fonke. They both practice at High Point Chiropractic and are expecting their first child in December. Dr. Snider is a family care practitioner with hundreds of hours of continuing education classes and certification in caring for infants, children and pregnant women through chiropractic care. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family and friends, seeing movies and party planning.

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