5 Healthy Habits You Can't Live Without

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Although some chronic illnesses are genetic, many debilitating ones are caused by lifestyle choices.  Poor lifestyle choices, such as smoking, overuse of alcohol, poor diet, lack of physical activity and inadequate relief of chronic stress are key contributors in the development and progression of preventable chronic diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and several types of cancer. 

The challenge with lifestyle health issues is that they can be extremely difficult to turn around.  At Total Wellness Resource Centerwe see many individuals who desire change but will attempt to change everything all at once, which is extremely difficult to accomplish - especially if trying this on their own. As a result, they often feel overwhelmed and quickly return to the comfort of their old habits.  But the good news is, healthy lifestyle modifications are possible with appropriate interventions, which include nutritional counseling, exercise training, and stress management techniques to improve outcomes for patients at risk and those who already have common chronic diseases.  Even though  Medical studies show that adults with common chronic conditions who participate in comprehensive lifestyle modification programs experience rapid, significant, clinically meaningful and sustainable improvements in biometric, laboratory and psychosocial outcomes. Not everybody body is willing or able to join such programs, so we encourage you to begin by taking baby steps - one habit at a time.  

5 HEALTHY HABITS

1. Start Your Day Out with  a Healthy Breakfast 

It sounds so flippant to make this step the number one health habit, but scientific studies show us that the way we start our day can effect every minute that follows.  Starting each morning with whole healthy nutrition is like screaming from a mountain top, "I value me and am worth investing in.Not to mention the impact of fueling your brain and body to operate at optimum performance.  

2. Breathe .  Yes, I said Breathe. 

Did you know that by practicing deep breathing meditation for 5 minutes a day you can improve your longevity?    Harvard Medical School neuroscientist Dr. Sara Lazur and her team conducted a study which showed that meditation changes the brain after only eight weeks. A scanned image showed increased thickening of four brain regions in the non-meditators after just eight weeks of participating in the meditation program.

3.. Drink plenty of water. 

Something as simple as drinking plenty of water can have life-changing health benefits.  The human body is made up of between 55-75% water so imagine the effects of limited water intake.  I tell my clients to visualize a plant that hasn't been watered properly for four weeks - now think of your body lacking adequate water for years.   Yes, we can experience so many benefits, such as Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue, Promotes Weight Loss, Flushes Out Toxins, Improves Skin Complexion,  Maintains Regularity, Boosts Immune System, Natural Headache Remedy,  Prevents Cramps & Sprains, simply by drinking plenty of water. 

4. Get Active

Being active does not necessarily mean trips to the gym or heart pounding aerobic runs around the block.  But it can mean things as simple as choosing stairs over the elevator, standing vs. sitting,  parking a few parking spots further from the door.  Every extra step/stretch you do each day has benefits.  I have clients who choose to turn on the music while cleaning ( a faster beat can create faster movement resulting in more calorie burn)  the truth is we must keep moving if we want to keep moving.  It's Newton's first law of motion - sometimes referred to as the law of inertia. An object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion.   

 5. Sleep

As much as our body requires movement to stay healthy, it also requires time to rest and repair.  A group of experts from anatomy and physiology, as well as pediatrics, neurology, gerontology, and gynecology reached a consensus that most adults need 7- 9 hours a day ( varies from age group).  It has been proven that inadequate sleep effects weight, mental clarity, enhanced chronic illnesses, depression, and many other negative health factors.  By tying nutrition, exercise, and mental relaxation, you will see improvement on your ability to have a good nights sleep and your overall health.

Sounds pretty simple huh?  Well, unfortunately all change is hard and sustainable change can be even harder. We are committed to help sowe invite you to reach out to one of our health specialists to assist you with outlining your specific goals to get you started on your "Better Health - Better Life"  Journey.  YOU DESERVE IT 

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