June 4, 2012
Summer can be one of the best opportunities to relax and rejuvenate. In my office, we are dedicating our summer to helping you be the healthiest you possible! The following are six simple steps you can easily incorporate into your daily summer activities. Give yourself the gift of health this summer and watch your life blossom.
1. Eat Fresh & Colorful
Make it a rule to have colorful fresh fruit or vegetable with every meal. Add a green salad, red pepper, or orange slices to your meal. Raw fresh fruits and veggies are packed with enzymes that help your body breakdown your food. You’ll get of tons of energy, antioxidants to boost your immunity and fiber to keep your digestion on track.
Carve out time to just chill out. This will rebuild fatigued adrenals and help repair damaged cell tissue and get your energy back where you are thriving. Our adrenal glands secrete chemicals that give us energy, boost our moods, and keep us moving. Grab a good book, turn off your smart phone, dust off your lounge chair, and just relax. If you are feeling especially depleted from your hurried life, talk to your chiropractor about vitamins that are specifically designed to support your adrenals.
3. Hydrate your way to health A general rule of thumb is to avoid thirst, it is a state of dehydration indicating your body has lost 2% of its water weight. Dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches, body aches, back & neck pain, and overall lethargy and malaise. It is incredibly difficult for your body to function optimally when it is not well hydrated. Try coconut water for a burst of electrolytes.
4. Commit to daily movement
Movement is a GIFT you give your body. The gift is more energy, loss of anxiety, a boost of immunity, revved up metabolism and a happier you! You will never regret time spent moving your body. Take twenty minutes everyday to walk, run, bike, swim, hike, or whatever type of movement is easiest for you to do. Just move!
5. Create a 30-Day discipline
A great way to make a change in habits that are not supporting your health is to commit to one new health habit for 30 days. It takes an average of 21 days for a habit to stick. Summer is a fantastic time to make that commitment. Give up sugar, take a dance class, a new exercise program, or run a 5k. You are sure be a success!
6. Get a dose of daily laughter
Best selling author Dr. Norman Cousins claims he healed himself from cancer by watching movies that constantly made him laugh. In his memoir, Anatomy of an Illness, Dr. Cousin’s points out laughter can releases pain-suppressing opiates, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, improves memory and learning, Find people and activity that puts a smile on your face and a laugh in your belly. ‘Laughter truly is the best medicine.’
As always, let me know how I can help you. My passion is helping people get their health back on track in a fun, easy, and enjoyable way. Cheers to your healthiest summer ever!!