As we quickly close out February, we begin March and another daylight savings time. Daylight savings is Sunday, March 12, 2017, this year. Some dread the idea of losing an hour of sleep but with it also comes more daylight hours to get out and enjoy the nature that surrounds us. It’s the beginning of warmer weather too! As I continue to grow in this world, I try to find a breath of fresh air anywhere I can. I like to commit to those things that bring happiness and health into my life. I would like to use the daylight savings this year to get you on the road to better health.
I remember doing my first “detox” fresh out of Chiropractic school. A book inspired it and the detox included a special cocktail made with apple cider vinegar, lemons, and other ingredients I don’t remember. What I do remember was that it was a bitter drink and added to the excitement of cleansing the body. I was given foods to eat and avoid and I remember to this day the health and wellness it brought that summer. Since then I have personally done multiple different detoxes and recommended thousands of detoxes to my patients with great success. Well, it’s that time again folks, with the seasons beginning to change then so should your diet. I urge those out there reading to use the daylight savings event as a catalyst to propel you into the abyss of health and get busy on some form of new eating plan and supplement regimen. Some of us just finished a “New Years cleanse” and are saying “Dr. Kender I just did a cleanse at the beginning of the year!” Well, that’s great and it’s time to get busy again. My good friend from Chiropractic school helped inspire the idea of the “quarterly cleanse” which I quickly adopted. It makes perfect sense to me in northeast Ohio. Every time the season changes is a good time to do a “detox”. Daylight savings just happens to fall around that quarterly mark and so begins another journey. You only have one life to live so you can either get busy being healthy or you can keep being a lump on a log and do nothing! What’s it going to be?
How about resetting your sleep patterns these daylight savings? Does anyone remember who said, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”? I’m sure most of you have heard that Benjamin Franklin quote. I love this quote and have used it and will continue to use it until the day I die because it gets me fired up to try to get a good night’s rest and get up and embrace the day with excitement and passion. Usually, this works better in the fall because it gets darker earlier but do not let that be your excuse to try to reach a goal of getting more rest. At least half to 75% of my patients have some form of sleep complaint. Sleep issues come in all shapes and colors. Problems falling asleep or staying asleep are the two most common complaints. The reasons why vary for each person. I have found in my private practice that health related issues can cause a lack of good rest, which is recovered with proper support. But what do other professionals say about adjusting to the time change? WebMD says, “it takes about one day to adjust for each hour of time change”. (1) Whatever gets you fired up, make it happen. As the late Michael Jackson once sang, “I’m looking at the man in the mirror, Ohh, I’m asking him to change his ways, Ohh.” It’s all about attitude; you’ve got to want to make the difference.
How about using the extra daylight to do something physical. Take that jog in the morning that you keep talking about. The park is open at daylight and closes at dusk so your excuse that the park isn’t open until sunrise does not work anymore so get out there and “git er dun” …You know who you are reading this;) Maybe you get up and tend a little slice of the garden that you’ve been talking about doing for the last three summers and never did. Whatever it might be, use the daylight and extra time to make something happen that brings health and happiness to your soul, because we all have things tearing at us each day. If we can’t keep our positivity at least 51% and our negativity down below 49% then the devil wins. That’s no good.
This blog is only simply intended to have you do something great with yourself this change of season. I will be committing to the quarterly cleanse and my second round begins on the daylight savings time clock. I’m sure I’ll add a few things to the list as I still have two weeks to think about it and hopefully you do too. Remember, “[t]he power that made the body, heals the body”