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10 Quick Ways to Get Healthier Before Summer Ends

By Chris Brown

The desire to make the most of summer weather can make anyone regret not implementing more springtime self-improvement. With summer halfway over, it can feel too late to better oneself this season. However, there are 10 quick ways you can change your life today and get healthy before the heat of summer is gone.

Reduce sugar intake - Cutting out this high-caloric and high-glycemic ingredient from your diet can provide immediate mood stabilization and weight loss, putting you on the path to a healthier you.

Reduce alcohol and smoking - Everybody knows alcohol and cigarettes are unhealthy, however, they tend to be hesitantly cut when seeking a healthier life. Rather than the extreme move of cold-turkey abstinence, try reducing your intake and remembering that any reduction in these vices is a step toward health.

Increase activity and exercise - Movement is necessary for both mental and physical health, but you don't have to become a gym rat to reap its benefits. Daily walks, yoga, or adding some fitness between work meetings can improve your well-being dramatically.

Schedule a checkup with your primary care doctor - If you're one of the lucky ones in good health, you are likely overdue for a checkup with your primary care doctor. Schedule one and gain peace of mind that your body is functioning properly.

Order blood work testing and supplement as needed - While speaking to your doctor, ask for a full blood panel to measure your levels of vitamins, minerals, and blood sugar. We often don't realize vitamin deficiencies until they reach emergency levels, but even mild deficiencies can unknowingly affect our well-being.

Floss, floss, floss - You hear it at every dental checkup, but the truth is flossing can impact your entire body's health. An estimated 40 percent of the bacteria in your mouth can be removed by simply flossing. This is bacteria that can make you sick and contribute to respiratory, cardiovascular, and arthritis diseases.

Drink more filtered water - Water is the basis of bodily functions and a 2011 study found that even mild dehydration affected the mood of young people. Drinking more water can optimize your body and mental functions. Your intake can be easily upped by drinking a large glass when you wake and with every meal.

Give yourself a bedtime - A regular sleep schedule can help you to fall asleep faster and improve your concentration and memory according to 2017 study in Scientific Reports. Faster sleeping can also mean more rest, which lets your body recover from the day's activities.

Eat from smaller plates and bowls - Most Americans overeat portions way larger than needed. Eating from smaller dishware can trick you into reducing your caloric intake and consuming a healthier amount.

Self-Care at the Chiropractor - Stopping by for a walk-in visit at a chiropractor, such as The Joint Chiropractic, gives your body the health overhaul it needs. The Joint's chiropractors will correct spinal dysfunctions which are limiting the efficiency of your central nervous system and restricting your health. 

These 10 tips can create a better, healthier you before the end of beach season.

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

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