I remember my only goal prior to getting pregnant was thinking about how to create the perfect environment for my hopefully soon to be growing baby. I changed my diet, cleansed, made sure I was drinking enough water, exercising, etc.; all those things we normally think about when it comes to being “healthy”. I wanted everything to be perfect.
While perfection pretty much never happens, I realize now that is was more about the planning process that happened in my brain vs the reality of mini slip ups here and there that allowed me to be successful in my pregnancy. Another important piece of my puzzle was that I was still in chiropractic school when I got pregnant.
In practice, I teach my patients about looking at their bodies as an environment. I learned this concept after hearing Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles, speak at an event at my school shortly after getting married. His discussed doing experiments on cells in petri dishes to see their responses to changing environments. As he made the environment poor, he watched the cells get sick and start to die. As he created a better environment, he watch the sick cells transform and become healthy again. It was amazing to see how changing an environment could change the outcome of the cell’s health.
It was at this point where I realized I needed to start look at my body as my petri dish. We are all really just a beautifully organized collection of atoms. These atoms make up our cells, which makes up tissues, organs, and organ systems. Many times when we look to change our health, we focus solely on our external environment; the universe and everything that affects us from the outside. This is what most of us know how to control; it’s what we’ve been taught.
We know we should provide quality food and nourishment to sustain us. We should drink plenty of water to hydrate our cells and brain, we should exercise regularly to keep our muscles strong and flexible, and we get good rest to give our bodies time to heal. There are many others as well. But I’ll stop there for now.
We have another environment though, one that is almost always overlooked. The one inside our bodies that also needs to be maintained in order for it to function it’s best. This environment is our internal environment. It’s the network that runs our bodies on a daily basis without ever really taking much of our thought. The organizer of this environment is our brain and it’s responsible for sending all the proper messaging through the nervous system to help our body function as it was designed to and to be adaptable.
In order for us to experience true health, and provide the home for our baby that we desire, we have to be able to maintain both internal and external environments. In fact many times, we spend so much time trying to eat better, exercise more, get better rest, de-stress, take our vitamins/supplements and we still can’t figure out why we don’t feel our best. We think that something must be wrong, when in fact; it could be a very simple solution. We’ve already taken care of our external environment, and now it’s time to address the internal environment.
This is where I was able to take my health up to a different level. As a soon to be practitioner of upper cervical chiropractic care, I was able to put my body to the test. Upper cervical chiropractic offered an objective, specific, conservative, and safe way to maintain proper neurological function in my body, so that it could go through its process of self-regulating and self-maintaining as it was designed to.
Leading up to conception and through pregnancy, I had no health concerns and was only adjusted 3 times. This kept my body adaptable to creating new life and sustaining a healthy and strong pregnancy. I know that having awareness of my body as two environments, as well as having the ability to maintain both of them was the key to my success in creating the nurturing environment that I had so desired and dreamed of.
Have you ever looked at your body as two environments? Will you now?
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