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Can You Think Your Way to Better Health?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Many people swear by the power of positive thinking. They say that you are what you think. They say change your thoughts and you'll change your life. But are they right? Maybe. Though it's true that your thoughts have an effect on your life and health, that's not all there is to it -- especially when it comes to health. With that said, our thoughts are not to be taken lightly. In short, it's a complicated issue. To grasp the power of your thoughts on your health, take a look at this quick guide. 

The Placebo Effect

Those who support the idea of positive thinking always bring up the placebo effect. The placebo effect happens when a person receiving a "fake" treatment still gets better. They show the same healing of those taking the real medicine. Why? Researchers aren't sure, but their best guess is that if the mind believes it, the body follows along. Though this doesn't always work, it works in enough cases to raise question.

Your Thoughts Shape Your Reality

It's probably no surprise that your thoughts can shape the way that you feel. If you're suffering from an illness and constantly tell yourself how awful you feel, then you're going to feel awful. However, if you tell yourself that you're OK and that the feeling will pass, then getting through the discomfort will be easier. Your thoughts can definitely shape your perception, so the more positive your thoughts, the more positive your experience will be.

So Can the Mind Heal?

It's hard to say one way or the other. The mind definitely plays a role in your body's ability to heal. But most doctors will agree that this should not make you forego treatment. Your best bet? Get the treatment that you need and think positively. Adding the two ideas together is the most effective way to treat any ailment and get back to feeling like yourself. 

It's probably a good idea to trust science and use the modern medicines that are available to us. But it's also a good idea to use your mind and positive thinking to bring about the most benefits. Use them together and be smart about treating your body so that you can live a long and healthy life starting today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Charleston, S.C.

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