Your nutrition and lifestyle choices, and habits, affect your long-term health, there’s no getting around it. If you want to live a long, pain/disease-free life, you need to be mindful of everything that goes into your body, as well as precisely how you utilize your limited time and energy each day. With help from the American Chiropractic Association, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best advice for helping you live your best life – enjoy!
- When it comes to diet, raw is best. Fresh and frozen fruits/vegetables have much greater quantities of natural nutrients, vitamins, and minerals than canned or ready meals. If possible, try to choose organic items to negate any chances of toxic pesticides or other contaminants from getting into your system.
- Break up with sugar. This is a hard one, we get it, but unfortunately that sweet little friend of yours is slowly ruining your life. Soda, juice, candy, and even many of the cereals and savory snacks you love so much can cause weight gain/obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and much more. If your addiction is really bad, try swapping out those cookies and cakes for fresh fruit, like blueberries (full of antioxidants), and a high percent dark chocolate for a snack that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without putting your health at risk. Just remember, everything in moderation!
- Make sure you’re getting at least 25-35 grams of fiber every day through healthy whole-grain breads and oats, nuts, beans, legumes, and other naturally fiber-rich sources.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Water is best, and many raw fruits and vegetables are full of moisture your body can absorb. If you’re worried about drinking too much or not enough, don’t be. The easiest way to know how much fluid you need to intake every day is to calculate your current weight and divide that number in half – your final sum will be the number of ounces you should be aiming for! Just be sure to avoid beverages that contain a lot of sugar, chemicals, and preservatives.
- Exercise for a minimum of 20-30 minutes per day, at least five times a week.
- Avoid eating out too much. Restaurants rely on high concentrations of salt, sugar, and fats to prepare their meals. Instead, try meal prepping or packing your own healthy lunches to ensure you know exactly what you’re consuming.
- Quit your vices. Studies have shown that smokers suffer significantly more from back pain than non-smokers, and both smoking and alcohol can inhibit your body’s ability to properly absorb necessary nutrients.
- Meditate, journal, do yoga, or find some other activity that allows you to quiet your mind and focus on your life, health, goals, future, and etc. Being mindful is key to ensuring progress.
- Make sure you get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night to ensure your body is able to rest and recuperate for the next day. If you can, try to sleep on your side instead of your back, putting a pillow between your knees to help align your spine and prevent neck pain/stiffness.
For more tips on living your best life and preventing illness and disease naturally, reach out to one of our competent care specialists at Balanced Health & Wellness. If you are looking for a highly-trained and experienced chiropractor anywhere in southern Michigan, call Balanced Health & Wellness today at 248.397.8122 or simply fill out the form in the sidebar to schedule your appointment.