8 Health Resolutions for the New Year!
At the CORE clinic, we do not only look to address the root cause of a health problem, we also advocate prevention and patient education to help our patients form habits for optimum health.
Here are 8 health resolutions that you should consider for the new year, these little habit changes can have a big impact on your lifespan and quality of life.
1. Drink more water but avoid plastic containers!
Each person is advised to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to keep you hydrated and help you eliminate toxins in your body among many other benefits. It’s best however to eliminate plastic containers including pitchers, bottles, glasses, etc. because plastics produce chemicals that mimic estrogen, affecting your hormone levels after prolonged use.
2. Diet better.
Dieting shouldn’t mean starving yourself; it’s good to be counting your calories but it’s important to be mindful to be mindful in choosing nutrient dense, unprocessed or less processed food that will give you energy.
3. Move more.
No time for a long workout session at the gym? Just move more. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk if it’s near, walk the dog. Get that heart pumping!
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4. Quit smoking.
This is the single most healthy thing you can do. Enough said.
5. Get Quality Sleep.
How well you sleep is just as important as how long you sleep. Each person is different just as the number of hours of sleep they need is different but it is recommended that adults get 7-9 hours; characteristic of quality sleep is that you wake up feeling well-rested and refreshed.
You’ve heard that saying: An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Add seeing your doctor annually to the list of healthy habits, you shouldn’t wait until you get sick before getting a check-up.
We are all surrounded by risk factors that could contribute to disease- pollution, stress, junk food, sedentary lifestyle; getting an annual executive check-up will determine how efficient your bodily functions are, and help identify if there is anything abnormal even before symptoms occur. Get an annual executive check-up, have your hormones tested, etc. Your health is the best investment you can make.
7. Customize your supplements to a T.
Customizing the supplements that you take, ensuring that they are targeted to your specific vitamin or mineral deficiencies will not only effectively target your health concerns, it comes out more cost-efficient too. Take out the guesswork and have your doctor customize the supplements you need.
8. READ LABELS with anything you put in your body- food, drinks even toiletries and beauty products you use.
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Aside from being conscious about the nutrition facts and calorie content; food and drinks you ingest may contain additives and preservatives. The beauty products you use may also contain chemicals and toxins that may disrupt your hormones, and expose you to pesticides