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How Families Benefit From Natural Health Care

013 (2)As far back as any of us can remember, the family doctor has been held in high regard, and rightly so – dedicated professionals who choose to practice in the trenches, helping neighbors to get through injuries, illnesses and other health crises deserve to be acknowledged as an important contributor to every community.

But it turns out that many of the accepted standards of a simpler day gone by are no longer considered as safe as they once were – every medicine has unwanted side effects, including the most common and often-prescribed drugs.

Up until fairly recently, alternatives were not well known, but there’s so much you can now incorporate into your family’s daily habits that safeguards health, the need for invasive and potentially dangerous medical procedures could be a lot less. Let’s talk about some of the health practices that can minimize dependency on doctors, and how getting and staying healthy can add years to your life and life to your years.

In 1965, a study was started in Alameda County, California, to investigate the link between seven common sense lifestyle habits and better health and longevity. It turns out that those who regularly observed at least six of the seven habits tended to live 7-11 years longer, with better quality of life.  Fifty years later, the study is considered to be a foundational stone of health and wellness research, as the first of its kind to clearly demonstrate how everyday practices affect the maintenance of good health and the probability of a longer life.

Here are the seven habits:

  1. Eat regular meals, including breakfast. There are many philosophies in nutrition, and they may seem to conflict – but that’s because different people need different nutritional advice, based on their own specific bodies and their own specific needs. Ask your chiropractor for some recommendations.
  2. Sleep 7-8 hours each night. Sleep is not only a chance for your muscles and organs to rest, it’s also the time when the brain gets itself back in shape to prepare for the next day. If you miss sleep, make it up – it’s not as good as sleeping enough every night, but it’s better than going without.
  3. Maintain a healthy weight for your height. There’s a wide range of normal for all body types – you know if you’re outside it, or if not it’s easy enough to find out, so get the help you need to improve it.
  4. Don’t smoke. This one needs no explanation. If you want to be healthy and live longer, be a non-smoker. Smoking is linked to many deadly diseases – cancer, heart disease, all the bad stuff. Don’t do it.
  5. Limit your alcohol consumption. The study said if you have five drinks or less at a sitting, you’re okay. That standard ought to be easy enough to meet, and if not, you may need to rethink your intention to be healthier, because that behavior probably won’t support it.
  6. Get regular physical activity. Exercise is very personal – some prefer to walk, swim, stretch or do yoga, while others want the competition and excitement of sports. There are many ways to get your body moving, to get your heart rate up and your muscles loose and supple. Explore your options and adopt a program of regular exercise.
  7. Avoid snacks. Eating sugary, salty and fried foods burdens your digestive machinery and damages your blood vessels, making your body work harder to digest and process these foods. Soda pop, sweetened tea, candy, chips, donuts, coffee with lots of sugar – we may enjoy these indulgences, but they may well be inconsistent with wellness and longevity. Not to mention they make you fat, and obesity seems to be related to almost every debilitating disease.

There are many refinements over the last fifty years. We have options on choosing foods that are organic, gluten free, and do not contain genetically modified organisms (non-GMO). Our culture has shifted away from smoking in general. Exercise is more popular than ever. And doctors like your chiropractor are dedicated to helping you learn how to be truly healthy, enjoying your best quality of life for as many years as possible.

Get with your doctor of chiropractic and let him or her know that you’re serious about being as healthy as you can be. Discuss your health habits and get a game plan for living your best life possible. You’ll be amazed at how small shifts make a huge difference, on the way to a long life of glowing vitality.

Get Educated! Get Inspired! Take Action!


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