TriVita’s Weekly Wellness Report
by Brazos Minshew, TriVita’s Chief Science Officer
Good posture reflects a body that is aligned in its most efficient pose. Your head, neck, back and legs are all supported effortlessly by the joints beneath them. Your internal organs experience optimum blood flow. Good posture reflects a mind that is at ease. How can we achieve good posture?
Causes of poor posture
As mentioned, a peaceful mind will be reflected in our posture. However, stress will cause a disruption somewhere in your posture. And a disturbance in one part of the body will require compensation in another part of your body until the entire “kinetic chain” is out of alignment – all because of stress.
Simple deficiencies can also be reflected in our bearing:
An oxygen deficiency from restricted breathing may result in an anxious, forward-of-center posture.
Dehydration from too little water or copious urination (associated with mineral and EFA deficiency) may result in loss of a proper curve in your back. Foundational nutrition (a multiple vitamin/mineral supplement; Omega Essential Fatty Acids; Vitamin C and Vitamin B-12) can have an impact on your posture from the inside out!
Sleep deprivation often results in slouching and a jawline that is forward of your slumped shoulders. This causes extra stress on your jaw joint (TMJ) and may result in chronic jaw pain.
By far, the most damaging influence to our posture and therefore our health, is a sedentary lifestyle. Sitting or being immobile for long periods of time has a detrimental effect on all of the joints in the body. As mentioned, if the body structure is improperly aligned, circulation will be impaired. That means no nutrients to the cells and an accumulation of waste that can’t get out.
For optimum wellness, find an exercise routine that you enjoy and do it often. Choose several different types of exercise (or play) to prevent activity “burnout.” I like swimming, running and riding my bicycle. Many prefer organized routines such as Pilates, Tai Chi or ballroom dancing (dancing is the highest expression of human movement).
Proper movement and good intentions can be the cure to bad posture. For example, if you really want optimum wellness for your life purposes, check your posture frequently. Check to see that:
- Your shoulders are level
- Your head is straight, not tilted to the side
- The spaces between your arms and your sides seem equal on both sides
- Your hips are level, not sloped to one side
- Your ankles are straight and not turned in or out
You can also have someone look at you from the side and check the following:
Your head is stacked over your body, not jutting forward or pulled back
Your chin is parallel to the floor, not tilting up or down
Shoulders are in line with ears, not drooping forward or pulled back too far
Your hands are in line with hips, not forward or back
Your knees are straight, not bent or hyper-extended
Your lower back is slightly curved forward, not too flat or curved too much (creating a swayback)
Our body was made to move. The more you move, the more you will be able to move and the more you will want to move. The less you move, the less you will be able to move and the less you will want to move.
Take the posture test. Then, ask yourself what imbalanced posture means in your case. Address the cause and watch your posture come back into alignment. As it does, watch your energy level increase and your mental clarity improve. Enjoy the vitality of wellness and use that strength to fulfill your life purposes!
Take Control of Your Health
Check your posture weekly
Focus on improving daily
Make sure you are living the 10 Essentials
Focus on exercise most days of the week
Aerobic training 30 to 150 minutes
Resistance training 2 to 5 times per week
Try Pilates, Tai Chi or ballroom dancing
Take foundational nutrition:
A multiple vitamin/mineral combination (VitaDaily)
Define your purposes and work toward them!
Dr. Minchew doesn’t address sitting properly inthis report, but because so many of us spend a good portion of the day at the computer, I wanted to address it briefly.
check the position of your screen
have your chair at the right height so your eyes are level with your screen and your knees are slightlylower than your hip joints
let your wrists rest on the desk
have you computer in front of you
let your feet sit flat on the floor and not tucked under your chair
keep your shoulders and back relaxed
take regular breaks away from your computer
try to sit up straight (more below)
fix your eyes on the screen
lift your shoulders when typing or clicking the mouse
twist to reach any equipment in order to constantly access it
collapse your neck as you read the screen
use your computer in low light conditions
Looking at this picture I know that Idon’t sit like this while working at my computer. And after doing a bit of research as to the best posture for doing so, I am convinced that another post is necessary on this topic, so stay tuned.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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