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You Have the Power Over Your Health

Happy woman with arms out in mountainsIn the news lately, it has dawned on me how little emphasis has been placed on one’s own self-responsibility when it comes to their health. It is as if we are helpless individuals who need saving by the latest and greatest scientific invention. Millions of years of life have taken place to support your existence as a human, today. Your body is inherently extremely intelligent.

Better Choices Equals a Better Life

Your chiropractor, nutritionist, GP or other entity won’t save you. No one can take ultimate responsibility for your health. Absolutely amazing things can be done through modern medicine and lifestyle choices, but in the end, you are the decider and your choices will dictate the quality of your life.

Like the fun children’s author, Dr Seuss says, ‘You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go’.

The good news is there are some simple actions to take that could help optimise your health:

Move more. You don’t have to be a hard-core CrossFitter or ultrarunner to improve your fitness. Taking a brisk 20-minute walk daily can do wonders for your mental and physical health.

Get enough quality sleep. When you sleep your body heals. Adults should aim to get 7-8 hours of restorative sleep each night. Make sure your bedroom is dark and cool and power down your digital devices at least an hour before bedtime.

Ensure you drink enough water. So many people are walking around dehydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of pure water each day, which can help every function of your body and give you more energy to get through your day.

Tweak your diet. If you find that you eat too many processed foods switch to eating more green leafy vegetables, colourful fruits, nuts, seeds and whole grains.

Maintain a healthy weight. Whether you need to lose a little or a lot of weight your health can benefit by maintaining a healthy weight for your height and frame. Doing so may help you reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke and certain cancers.

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