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5 Lifestyle Changes For Your Family To Achieve Wellness
Our mind, body, and spirit are interconnected and to make a change toward a healthy lifestyle, we must consider all three of these aspects. You can pick any place to start changing your life for the better at any moment, and that action will impact your whole being.
#5 – Adapt a Positive Attitude
Changing your mental state through a practice of gratitude can be done with immediate and significant effects on your being.
The social, physical, and psychological benefits of gratitude have been well researched, noting the following:
- Boosts feelings of optimism, joy, pleasure, enthusiasm, and other positive emotions.
- Reduces anxiety and depression.
- Strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure,
reduces symptoms of illness and aches and pains.
- Encourages us to exercise more and take better care of
- Helps of sleep better.
- Helps with recovery from trauma.
- Makes us feel closer and more committed to friends and
#4 – Feed Your Body Living Food
A seed planted in the soil has all the nutrients and life force to grow generations of plants. But spray it with pesticides and herbicides, modify its DNA, ship it a thousand miles, and let it sit on the grocery store shelf before putting it into the microwave – while edible, is no longer that “living” food source it began as.
Living, whole foods are in their natural state, preferably local, organic, and seasonal.
“Many people feel that if they can’t eat their favorite junk foods, they are being deprived. In reality, the sooner you switch your beating habits, the sooner you’ll enjoy increased energy, normalized weight, a better mood and improved health overall. Knowing this, many initially succeed at implementing an improved diet, but then fall back into old habits... and therefore, the ‘old’ body,” says Joseph Mercola, MD. “To avoid this, I recommend you make the changes to your diet gradually, start with making one meal a day raw, then increasing from there.”
#3 – Get More Sleep
Sleep is necessary for all kinds of different functions for both the brain and the body.
A study of mice published in 2013 in the magazine Science, showed a lesser-known function of sleep: to wash away trash from the brain. “The trash, including pieces of proteins that cause Alzheimer’s disease, piles up while the rodents are awake. Sleep opens spigots that bathe the brain in fluids and wash away the potentially toxic buildup,” writes Tina Hesman Saey, in Science News. “The discovery may finally reveal why sleep seems mandatory for every animal. It may also shed new light on the causes of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.”
#2 – Fitness and Physical Activity
The Harvard Business Review published a great tagline in early 2013, “Sitting is the Smoking of Our Generation,” by Nilofer Merchant.
“The common denominator in the modern workday is our tush,” wrote Merchant, a corporate director at a NASDAQ-traded firm and a former founder and CEO of Rubicon. “As we work, we sit more than we do anything else. Add in the time we sit at home, and we’re averaging 9.3 hours of sit time every day.”
There is a very real connection between sitting and smoking. According to a November 2012 Lancet study, “On the basis of a meta-analysis of published studies, derive an estimate of 5.3 million deaths worldwide attributable to physical inactivity, and contrast this estimate with the 4.8 million deaths attributable to smoking in 2000.”
Television is also to blame for the American sedentary lifestyle. In 2012, an Australian study found that for each additional hour of television a person sat and watched per day, the risk of dying rose by 11%, according to the New York Times.
#1 – A Healthy Nervous System
Every cell in our bodies carries the full potential for complete health and wellness, with the right environment. The human nervous system delivers over 100,000 messages per second to every organ, cell, bone, muscle, and blood vessel. These messages are delivered at 325 miles per hour across 45 miles of nerves.
What happens when these life-giving messages of the nervous system are blocked?
Chiropractic care addresses these interferences, called subluxations, to your nervous systems optimal function through adjustments to the spine, which protects the spinal cord (the transporter of the messages). Subluxations can be caused by stresses that overwhelm the body’s ability to function properly: physical stresses, like a car accident, fall or poor posture, emotional stresses, or chemical stresses from poor nutrition, environmental toxins or even prescription drugs.
Freeing your body from subluxations, allows full expression of the nervous system and its ability to regulate and get your body to optimal wellness. As long as the communication pathways are open and flowing, the human body has the ability to maintain health.