Dr Peter’s Top 10
Posted: Feb 06 2013 Topic:
Dr. Peter’s Top 10 Healthy Habits
- Regular Chiropractic Adjustments
You live your life through your nervous system. Chiropractic care helps your nervous system to function at its full potential without interference. It’s not just about back pain!
- Eat Whole Foods
Add plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, fish and pastured meat to your daily diet. Avoid processed foods that often have added sugar, salt, preservatives and are often depleted of nutrients.
- Supplement Your Diet
Today’s industrialized production of foods has led to lower nutrient levels contained within these foods. To compensate for this depletion of nutrients in our daily diets follow these four simple steps:
A) Take a Multi-Vitamin
Choose a high quality supplement in which the nutrients come from whole foods.
B) Add Essential Fatty Acids
A daily supplement of fish oil and flax oil helps provide the essential fatty acids that are not readily available in most North American diets.
C) Take Vitamin D
In Canada we need to supplement Vitamin D every month of the year – except June to August.
D) Add a Probiotic
Having the right intestinal flora (good bacteria) is essential for good health and immunity.
- Drink Lots of Water
Ideally you should consume a glass (8oz) of water every hour. Water is the most important nutrient in your body – it’s as simple as that!
- Move Your Body
Good circulation is paramount to good health and exercise promotes circulation to your body’s tissue. Your fitness regimen should consist of cardiovascular exercise, strength training and stretching. Avoid the Squamish trap of overdoing it – there is such a thing as too much exercise! Stress greater than your body’s ability to adapt to it is harmful, so exercise within your limits.
- Get Adequate Rest
Healing and regeneration occur while we sleep so ensure to get at least 8 hours of sleep each evening. After intense exercise proper recovery is very important and getting adequate rest will aid in a speedy recovery.
Numerous health benefits can be attributed to meditation due to the moderation of chronic stress on our systems.
- Learn New Things
Your brain needs stimulation, like every muscle in your body, or it will atrophy. Partaking in habitual tasks or even tasks that you are good at is not enough stimulation. So get out there and learn something new today!
- Be Social
Spend quality time with family and friends. Community involvement can add to your spiritual and overall sense of well being.
- Have a Purpose
Whether it be your career, volunteer work, raising your family or a combination of different things that you make your life’s work, know that with purpose and focus yours will be a healthier life.