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What If You Could Manage Your Own Health?

By Tom Herrin

For many people, managing their health may seem like making the choice to have regular checkups and take whatever new medication is on the market.  This may seem like the easy way, but it may not always be the best way.  When people get to the point that they need to begin taking some kind of maintenance medication, it is often the result of years of bad choices.  Some have been told on numerous occasions that they need to do something but never really saw the need.  When it finally comes time to take more drastic action, they may become depressed or resign themselves to their situation.  For many, it is never too late or too early to make good changes.

Cut Out Some Sodium

Most sodium taken in is in the form of salt.  Some people consume entirely too much and have simply developed a taste for it, or they have a habit of adding it to everything they eat.  It is true that it may take some getting used to, but there are some good options.  Several varieties of lighter salts are on the market today.  They are close enough to be barely noticeable.  If this is all it takes to lower blood pressure, it is no big decision.  Forming newer, and better, habits can do the job.

Cut Some Stress

It is difficult to imagine anyone with no stress in their lives.  How they deal with it is the kicker.  Many of us insist on making too many decisions personally.  Identifying people who may be able to help us make decisions, or allowing them to make them, can cut stress.  Our bigger problem may be that we need to learn to trust others.  Many are far more capable than we may give them credit.  We just need to delegate a little more responsibility to them.

Buy and Use a Home Monitor

Many people have blood pressure monitors but don't really use them.  They are affordable and very simple to use.  Using them frequently can help to keep us informed.  The more we know, the better off we will be.  We use one at our home and are able to make adjustments to our lifestyles whenever we find ours higher than we feel it should be.  For us, it works well.  The best that could happen is to cut the need to take medication.

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

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