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Your Health Matters: Make It Your Priority

By Virginia Laird

When you become a spouse or parent, it can be easy to find yourself putting the needs of others ahead of yourself. Health and wellness experts suggest that, although it is difficult, it is necessary that you put your health first. For many, especially parents of young children, there can be guilt associated with taking care of yourself before your children. Still, there is research to suggest that when your health is out of sorts, it is more difficult to care for your children. For this reason, experts have offered a few tips to help put your health first without taking too much attention away from your kids. These include:

  • Drink more water
  • Cut back on sugar
  • Make time to exercise often

Drink More Water

Water consumption is a big part of your overall health and wellness. Drinking enough water helps to flush out toxins from the body, can serve as a zero calorie filler, and helps keep you hydrated. It is suggested that you should consume at least half of your body weight in ounces each day. Still, research suggests that far too many fall short on the goal of being properly hydrated on a regular basis. For those who do not enjoy water, drinking enough can be torture. Health and wellness experts suggest that flavored water can be helpful when trying to make water consumption tasty. Experts suggest that getting to your ideal consumption can take time, but is worth the struggle.

Cut Back On Sugar

Cutting back on sugar can be helpful when trying to put your health first. Research suggests that sugar is an addictive substance. Health and wellness experts admit that too much sugar can lead to weight gain and other health issues, including diabetes. It is important to know that trying to cut sugar completely out at once can lead to withdrawal. In many instances, it is best to cut back slowly to avoid these problems. Start now by simply reducing your sugar consumption to help improve your health right away.

Make Time to Exercise Often

When trying to put your health first it is imperative that you add exercise to your daily routine. Although many believe that exercise must take place by spending hours on end at the gym, this is not the case. These experts suggest that a brisk walk through your neighborhood, a jog, or a bike ride can be enough to help improve your weight. Research indicates that as little as three to four workouts each week can be enough to make positive improvements to your health.

Start today making the necessary changes to your lifestyle to make your health a priority. Keep in mind that when you are not healthy, it is difficult to care for those who need you most.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Happy Valley, Ore.

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