Being healthy is a great goal, but “healthy” isn’t a permanent state! Small changes in diet, activity and stress levels can make big differences (good and bad) in your overall health. That’s why it’s important to be proactive with your health. Many people want to believe that their doctor is responsible for maintaining their good health. The reality is that maintaining your health is your job, and it’s a daily responsibility.
Being healthy requires your active participation in health maintenance. It’s a combination of things that you do and things you avoid, as well as steps you take when you encounter illness, injury or other conditions that can diminish your overall good health.
Maintain your weight, maintain your health
Much of “being healthy” (or becoming healthy) centers on actions that can best be described as routine maintenance. One of the most positive things you can do for yourself is to manage your weight. It’s hard to overstate the importance of maintaining a healthy weight. You can see the benefits of being at a healthy weight by examining what happens when you’re over- or under-weight.
When you’re overweight, your body’s metabolic processes are completely upended. You can get trapped in cycles that frustrate your body’s natural ability to shed unneeded pounds. These downward cycles can introduce a wide range of unhealthy conditions: diabetes; heart disease; circulatory problems; kidney disease; digestive disorders; fertility problems and sexual dysfunction; cognitive disorders … the list goes on! By learning what a truly healthy human diet is, you can help your body recover from all of these conditions, even when you might have been told that pills and surgeries are the only real solution to your problems.
People want to believe that they can effectively manage their weight through exercise. If they just move a little more, they can lose weight. Unfortunately for them, diet is a much better manager of weight. “Dieting” has gotten a bad rap. People associate it with starving themselves or giving up their favorite treats. Who wants to do that? If you focus more on “diet” and less on “dieting,” however, you can make positive changes in your overall health. And while following a truly healthful diet may require you to eliminate some foods from your kitchen, it can also help you easily eliminate the terrible health consequences of not managing your weight properly.
Self-care is the best health care
Self-care describes the deliberate actions you take to preserve, support or recover your physical, mental and emotional health. Some practitioners also include other health realms in self-care definitions, including spiritual and personal health. For some people, self-care is the opposite of medical care. Self-care is the care you provide for yourself, while medical care is the care that someone else provides for you.
In a self-care regimen, you are your primary care-giver. In terms of health, self-care can include behaviors you engage in or avoid in order to preserve or support your health. These include avoiding tobacco, exercising regularly, and as we discussed earlier, managing your diet. Self-care can also include improving your sleep, practicing good hygiene, seeking routine dental care and seeking routine chiropractic care. The goal of all of these behaviors are to prevent the illnesses that would result otherwise.
Self-care can also help you recover from illnesses, injuries and conditions that resulted from not practicing good self-care. Repairing your gut, for example, or seeking out restorative chiropractic care, can help return your body to a naturally healthy state. Carefully analyzing your current lifestyle to determine where you’re not practicing the best self-care can help you reduce stressors, rebuild healthy habits and recover your life.
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Most people don’t engage in deliberate self-care. Either they don’t think about it, they think they don’t have time for it, or they just don’t know what good self-care really looks like. If any of these describe you, we invite you to come into NewEdge Wellness for a consultation. We’ll help you see where you can begin to incorporate the most beneficial self-care techniques for you. Schedule an appointment today – please give us a call at NewEdge Wellness at (509) 737-9355.