Yes, You do Have Some Control Over Your Health
By Donna Stark
Doesn’t it feel good when everything is in order in our lives? When things go the way we want or expect? When we feel like we are in control? Unfortunately, things happen and the “stuff” of life goes out of whack. We can’t always be in control, and one of the most frustrating times when that occurs is when we become sick. There are a lot of factors that we are powerless with in regards to our health, such as genetic makeup, family history, gender, and age. But there are also a lot of factors that we do hold some power over, that we can control.
Bringing Some Control to Your Health at Home
It’s important to know that despite the risk factors that we know won’t change, there are some things that you can still have control over. Things that will help maintain the healthiest lifestyle as possible for you and your family. Here are a couple that should definitely be considered.
- Eat clean - Food is a major part of living, but how we cook and what we eat can make a difference in our health. So eat whole foods, add fruits and veggies to your diet, avoid processed foods and refined sugar, limit your sodium intake, cook your own meals, and drink water. Lots of it.
- Exercise - Increasing your exercise levels or physical activity will help you lose or maintain weight, improve your overall health, and reduce the risk of developing heart disease. This doesn’t mean you need to spend hours each day in a gym either. Thirty minutes of exercise each day is enough to keep your body healthy. You just need to fit it in.
- Managing stress – Stress can come at us from all different directions and can definitely be overwhelming at times, so it is vital to your health to learn how to manage it well. Positive stress management is one of the major components to keeping the heart healthy, so find some help as soon as you can if you feel those skills are lacking. It may be one of the most important things you do for yourself.
- Adequate sleep - Getting too few hours of sleep does more than make the day drag on and keep you yawning. It can increase your chances of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression. It can cause mood swings and weaken your immune system. So set a sleeping schedule and stick to it. Make sleep a priority for your health.
Seeking Help when Needed
The best way to make sure you maintain a healthy lifestyle is to get yearly health screenings (such as blood pressure and cholesterol) and to see your local chiropractor regularly. Establishing a chiropractic schedule will help your body function at an optimal level and, in turn, will improve your overall health and wellness. Ready for some more control? Head on into the Joint Chiropractic for information on how they can help.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Hoboken, N.J.