CEDAR CREST CHIROPRACTIC
Dr. Paul Braadt
1028 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, PA 18103 • 610-776-2005 • www.CedarCrestChiropractic.com
Stay Healthy by Controlling the Controllables in Your Life
I’m writing this article to you on May 20, so circumstances may have changed, and hopefully improved, when you receive this newsletter. We’ve been taking care of many of you since this pandemic began. I do understand that some of you have decided to wait to come in for your care. Be assured that we continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines to keep our office environment safe for you. Remember that your adjustments help reduce stress, keep you out of pain, and strengthen your immune response by increasing the function of your nervous system. Strengthening your immune response helps to defend your body from invaders. Plus, you just feel better. We look forward to seeing you when you feel ready. In the meantime, I want to provide you with useful information while lifting your spirits. While I remain concerned about our current health situation, I am not distressed. Knowledge has the power to help all of us control the controllables in our life! I was inspired by a story I saw about Navy SEALs, the most highly trained warriors on the planet. One SEAL related that, in battle, they control only their immediate environment. They take immediate and decisive action controlling what is right in front of them; they are less concerned about a threat 2 miles away. You may be concerned about the stock market or news reports, but you can only control what’s immediately in front of you. Once a day, I get informed on the broader picture of
what’s going on during this challenging time, but generally, I’m focused on the actions I can take in my immediate environment to stay healthy, both physically and emotionally. Find your trusted sources and protect yourself from fearmongering and misinformation. Fear produces stress, and stress wears you down. Listen to your favorite music, watch a funny movie, read a good book, take a walk, or call a trusted friend or family member. Stay connected. Help others. Ask for help when needed. I’m paying particular attention to my nutrition . I want to feel energetic and strengthen my immunity, not put on “pandemic pounds.” A high-nutrient diet is the best “medicine” to keep well. I follow a healthy keto/intermittent fasting eating plan , which means I’ve eliminated processed foods, sugar, and chemicals like added hormones, preservatives, etc. I focus on nutrient-dense foods like dark leafy greens, hormone-free meats and fish, berries, raw nuts and seeds, and whole-fat dairy products like organic eggs, yogurt, and healthy fats. I don’t snack between meals or eat starchy carbs. Ask me about the simple booklet “Healthy Keto and Intermittent Fasting.” I’ll help guide you as needed. The gyms are closed right now, so I put together a 15-minute high-intensity interval training twice a day, morning and evening, which includes basic body weight exercises like pullups, pushups, swats, crunches, and spine stretches. Exercising decreases stress by stimulating feel-good chemicals called
neurotransmitters. I can guide you to the exercises that work for your body.
Regular routines have been disrupted, so I go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, getting eight hours of sleep. This routine helps my body stay regulated and calms my mind. Creating a daily to-do list helps me stay focused on my priorities. Life has a way of pulling us off course, so remember to imagine what you want to have , what you have to do, and who you have to be to bring your dreams into reality! Strengthening your immune response and creating a healthy lifestyle is the most effective way of staying well! We will all get through this challenging time together. As always, I’m available to help you as needed.
In knowledge and health,
–Dr. Paul Braadt
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