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Published on November 29th, 2016 | by Donna Perillo

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Secrets of Healthy People

Experts agree that there are five areas which contribute to a better quality of life, and if we put all five to work, we can be one of those that seems to enjoy an insurance policy against disease and illness and feels good the lion’s share of the time.

We must learn to eat well. Most diets are usually too heavy in sugar and processed foods, and not rich enough in live natural foods like fruits and vegetables. Everyone has a slightly different body, but everyone needs less poison in their blood and more nutrition. We should learn to eat properly and when necessary, supplement with natural substances that are harder to get in the foods we eat.

Whether we get them through foods or through supplements, there are five essentials we must find a way to include in our daily intake. We need vitamins and minerals for regular body function, as well as fats or oils for healthy skin and good nerve system function. We need greens to keep the acid/alkaline balance in our body and reduce inflammation, and a probiotic to keep our body eliminating toxins effectively. Habits like these will reward us with a better body chemistry and better health overall.

We must learn to reduce our stress. Easing our mind and body by not taking problems so seriously and by building ourselves up with a positive outlook is a good start. The way we communicates with ourselves plays a major role in our stress levels: be as objective as possible, not making things more painful in our mind than they have to be; and also not ignoring or overlooking circumstances that need attention.

From there, we can use practices like yoga, meditation, exercise or prayer to reset ourselves and avoid the negative impact of stress. It’s an ongoing commitment, but one that pays off in developing a positive mental attitude.

One must sleep soundly and long enough. Animals sleep up to 70 percent of their day; for humans, it’s often 25 percent or less. This is usually because people are over-programmed or think they are, and sleep is one of the first corners they cut, not realizing the detrimental effect it can have. Establishing a sleep rhythm where we can go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, and then evaluate if we are getting enough sleep once they have done so,, is essential. Some people even like to take a nap during the day; experimenting is crucial to see what works for us.

If our sleep equipment is old, worn or insufficient, replace it with a better bed; choose a mattress with the right firmness for our taste. Remember that people spend a significant amount of time in their bed, so we must not skimp; invest in good quality and it will reward us in comfort and durability.

We must move our body. If we don’t use it, we may lose it, so we need to plan to walk, swim, stretch or do some other physical activity at least a few times each week. Besides eliminating stress, it gets our circulation going, strengthens muscles and it’s fun, too.

Each individual’s need for exercise varies, but most experts agree that at least three, 30-minute sessions weekly is a good start. We need to adapt our exercise schedule to our needs and tolerance, pushing just hard enough, but not too hard.

We must maintain our body by committing to doing good things for ourselves and avoiding bad things. We only get one body. It’s important to develop a team of health and wellness professionals that can advise us on these and other important lifestyle decisions. Pick doctors and health advisors that are consistent with our views and beliefs on health and wellness.

Dr. Donna Perillo, DC, NMD, CNS, of Chiropractic Healing Center of NJ, provides chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, nutrition, weight loss and massage therapy. For more information, call 973-872-2133, or visit ChiroHealingNJ.com.


About the Author

Dr. Donna Perillo, DC, NMD, CNS, of Chiropractic Healing Center of NJ, provides chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, nutrition, weight loss and massage therapy. For more information, call 973-872-2133, or visit ChiroHealingNJ.com.


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