New Horizon Chiropractic is happy to announce our FirstLine Therapy Lifestyle change and weight loss program!
Why it's important to keep a healthy lifestyle? Let's look at some of the latest statistics on chronic disease from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis – are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S.
- 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer and stroke account for more than 50% of all deaths each year.
- About 1 out of 3 Adult Americans are classified as Obese.
- The top 4 leading causes of death are heart disease, stroke, cancer, and respiratory disease.
Lifestyle changes, good nutrition, regular exercise, and stress management, are the first line of therapy in the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases. Lifestyle changes are recommended as the first line of therapy for chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and more. But to make the necessary changes it takes knowledge, motivation, and support.
Although some individuals with chronic disease have a genetic predisposition, it is not a guarantee of the illness, nor the only reason for the illness. Let's take a look at some ways to aid in prevention of chronic disease in our own daily lives!
1. Walk (if physically able). Walking, or any other mild-moderate physical activity) 30 minutes per day at a minimum of 50% maximum heart rate (about 2.5-3mph for the average individual) is enough to maintain a healthy heart.
2. Eat Wild Salmon. Wild Salmon contains a rich amount of Omega 3 fatty acids. This substance works wonders with cholesterol and inflammation moderation.
3. Moderate Your Vices. Overindulgance of caffeine, sugar, alcohol, or use of drugs and cigarettes can all be very harmful to your health. Do not use your vices as a stress outlet! With the exception of smoking or recreational drugs, moderating milder vices as mentioned above will help keep you healthy and enjoy your vices more when you do indulge.
4. Have a Stress Outlet. Nowadays, stress follows us everywhere and it has a great impact on our physical health. Have a healthy outlet to turn to like a jog, meditation, singing karaoke, or call a good friend for some laughs and venting.
5. Let go of anger and negativity. Our bodies have a reflex called the "psychosomatic reflex" in which stress in the mind or central nervous system can overlay into your physical body. This causes muscle tension, high blood pressure, stress hormone surges, etc.
6. Fruits and Vegetables are not overrated. They have certain vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that help protect our heart and cells from something call "free radicals" that damage them, as well as help our bodies to function properly. Add them to each meal.
7. Omega 3 Supplements with DHA. This anti-inflammatory product assists with maintaining excellent cardiovascular health. It reduces the inflammation associated with clotting, strokes, heart attacks, and also moderates cholesterol levels. Be sure to ask your physician before taking this supplement, as it can interfere with certain medications. The proper dose is between 2000-4000mg/day. Be sure the supplement is tested for mercury, kept in a cool dry place, and contains at least 600mg EPA/DHA on the back of the label.
For more information on our wellness and First Line Therapy program, please visit www.newhorizonchiro.com or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNE4Ua6W-r0&feature=youtu.be for more information.