Drink ½ your body weight of filtered water in ounces. For example if you weigh 130 lbs. you would drink 65 ounces of water per day. If you drink more water then you will naturally drink less soda, tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks. If you do drink tea once in a while, be sure to avoid sugar and sugar substitutes. Instead use natural Stevia or honey. Or try getting used to unsweetened lemon flavored tea. It really is just a matter of getting your tasted buds used to the new flavor and forming new habits which take a few weeks.
2. EXERCISE- At least four times a week you should do some type of exercise. A good rule of thumb is to not go more than two days without some type of exercise. Remember, if you have not exercised in a while start slow and gradually build up. Weather permitting walk outdoors and get a little sunshine. Incorporate a combination of cardio and strength training into your exercise routine. Maybe take up a sport like tennis, basketball, ping pong to add variety to your exercise routine.
3. INVERSION- Get an Inversion machine and start hanging upside down for 1 minute a day. Inversion reverses the compression effects of gravity. It is the best way to treat back problems and keeps them from starting. It also helps rehydrate the discs to prevent disc degeneration. Click on the inversion tab on the home page and read more about Inversion Therapy. I cannot stress enough how it changed my life and the lives and health of hundreds of my patients. Dozens of these patients would have had spinal surgery had it not been for Inversion Therapy. I still hang at least once a day (usually 2-3 times) for only 20-30 seconds. I have been using inversion for over twenty years. Read more about Inversion and the wonderful benefits on this site. Look for the Inversion tab & I Hang, I Stretch, I Heal tab.
4. POSTURE- Good posture is important for good spinal health. Spinal health is vital for a normal functioning nervous system which in turn supplies the life force energy or electrical nerve supply to all your internal organs, glands and muscles. Good posture also prevents back and neck pain. As you start to exercise, you will notice your posture improving. You also need to make a conscious effort to maintain good posture whether you are sitting, standing, driving, doing housework, reading, working on the computer or even when you’re sleeping. I cannot stress the importance of good posture to prevent back and neck pain and many health problems.
5. BODYWORK- A good Chiropractor and Massage Therapist are vital to your health and well being. There are also other Natural Holistic Practitioners like Acupuncturists, Naturopaths and Homeopaths that can be important for your health care team. The goal is to take a proactive approach to your health and not a reactive one. Preventions is key. When something does go wrong you don’t want to mask it with OTC or prescription drugs. You want to get to the cause and find natural treatments. I recommend a once a month body alignment/tune-up for optimal health. Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments to the spine lower blood pressure, improves your immune system, gets rid of migraines, headaches, muscle spasms and tension, allergies, leg/arm pain and much more. Once you understand the importance of your spine, spinal cord and all the nerves that exit the spine you will understand how important it is to remove any nerve interference from your spine whether or not there is any pain in the spine. Having a spinal adjustment regularly keeps you feeling and functioning as best as possible. PREVENTION IS THE KEY!
6. REDUCE CHEMICALS- We have grown numb to the fact that we have allowed thousands of chemicals to be used in the foods we eat and the air we breathe. Those chemicals are also in our personal care products, household cleaning products, air fresheners, food and water containers etc. We CAN reduce many of those dangerous chemicals. We also don’t have to believe and buy every new product that comes out on television. Here are some ways to reduce some of those chemicals:
- Invest in a water filter. Regardless of what the water utility companies say, there is stuff floating in our drinking water. The water also contains high levels of chlorine and small amounts of other dangerous chemicals that over time can be harmful.
- Avoid anti-prespirants that contain aluminum chlorhydrate or use anti-prespirants or deodorants that do not contain aluminum chlorhydrate.
- Use pump sprays or gel for hair instead of aerosol hair sprays. Aerosol sprays can contribute/cause allergies, sinusitis, asthma and a host of other health problems.
- Make better food choices. Reduce the amount of snacks and other packaged foods. Most beverages also contain high amounts of high fructose corn syrup, chemicals, artificial colors, flavors etc. When you use a sweetener use raw sugar, honey or stevia instead of Splenda or NutraSweet. Prepare meals at home. Take a salad to work. You can greatly reduce the amount of chemicals, additives, artificial flavors, emulsifiers, flavor enhancers and cancer causing preservatives like sodium nitrate by shopping smart. Learn to read food labels and more importantly the ingredients on the back. You will begin to see just how many chemicals are in most packaged foods. You will not only save a ton of money but you will greatly reduce your risk of cancer, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and many other diseases.
Maintaining balance in all areas of our lives is so important. We should not neglect play time. We should also spend a little time each day to be grateful for the things we have. Meditation, prayer or using affirmations are ways to keep balance in those areas of our lives. Life needs to be fun. It should not be all work and no play. Make time to play or do the things you enjoy every week. Love what you do or change what you’re doing. Maybe it’s time for a career change. Life is too short to not enjoy your work. Work smarter not harder. Give thanks and praise every day. Rest when your body calls for it. Work hard play hard but also work smart play smart.
It is just as important to give as it is to receive. Be generous with your time, talents and money. Try to help the less fortunate. There are many good organizations to get involved with. Be of service to others with a loving, caring and wanting to help attitude. Fix any broken relationships even if it means you picking up the phone and making the call first. Help make this planet better for all. You’ll be glad you did!