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10 Choices That Support or Sabotage Your Health

By Sandy Schroeder

We make dozens of choices every day that may impact our health. Here are 10 key choices that could improve our chances for a healthy life, courtesy of Shape.com.

Health numbers –  Know your numbers. Talk with your doctor about your blood sugar and cholesterol numbers. Check your blood pressure level, and discuss any other numbers that are out of the normal range, such as thyroid. Follow your doctor’s instructions to keep your numbers in the normal range.

Tanning beds – Your chances of skin cancer go up 2 1/2 times when you use a tanning bed. All tanning ages the skin. Always wear sunscreen outdoors.

Smoking – Any smoking is harmful. Smoking claims 1 in 5 people in America annually. The earlier people stop, the better.

Moving Every Day – Every move you make counts for mental and physical health. Moving 30 minutes a day is the goal. You can make it happen if you keep moving. Household and garden tasks, brisk walks, short runs and treadmill time all count.

Wise diets – Put together a good diet and allow yourself small breakouts to reward yourself for your efforts. Knowing you can have a treat occasionally will help you stick to your diet.

Family history – Know what your family history is and share the information with your doctor. If cancer, heart disease, diabetes or kidney issues are there, your doctor needs to know to provide the best screening guidelines at the right time.

Soda – Take a good look at the label on a soda can. The calories and sugar content in high fructose corn syrup can easily defeat a diet, and might open the door to diabetes. Diet soda skips the calories, but provides a stronger sugar flavor than real sugar and has the same effect as real sugar on the body.

Green tea – Researchers say green tea encourages weight loss and provides a lot of antioxidants. I switched from black tea to green to cut my daily intake of caffeine. New energy levels and less weight were extra dividends.

Whole grains – Put vitamins and minerals in your diet with whole grains, instead of white rice, bread, or pasta.

Pap smears and breast exams – Do annual pap smears and annual mammograms if you've reached age 40.

If these 10 choices raise questions for you, do your best to improve them. The rewards in long-term physical and mental health will be well worth the effort

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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