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Living a healthy life is becoming more and more important to so many people today.  Acupuncture is one way to achieve a healthy life and to maintain it.  Receiving regular treatments of acupuncture can reduce your reaction to stress, which will complement everything else you do on your own.  Being healthy requires a lifestyle change and adding acupuncture can keep your motivation high due to the positive benefits obtained.  Acupuncture is very effective for the elimination of pain, which contributes to setting new goals of fitness and achieving them more easily.

I welcome you to my educational web-site and to the ancient healing art of acupuncture.  Make the commitment to a healthier you.  This commitment to yourself is the best investment you can make.  Let acupuncture and TCM help you be the best you can be.

Making healthy changes will reduce your risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and a variety of cancers. It will also improve your quality of life and make your later years worth living.

Each of us are in full control of what we eat and put into bodies as well as how actively we live our lives moment to moment, day to day. The challenge is to find ways to stay motivated and do the things we know are good for our health and well being. The good news is we can all be healthy.  It’s all about forming healthy habits and ultimately, living a healthy lifestyle.

Healthy Living

If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, all you have to do is follow a few simple steps that will significantly improve your health:

1. Drink more water

WaterMost of us actually don’t drink enough water every day. Water is essential for our body to function. Did you know that over 60% of your body is made up of water? Water is needed to carry out many of your body functions as well as remove waste and carry nutrients and oxygen around our body. Since you lose water every day through urine, bowel movements, perspiration and breathing, you must replenish your water intake.

2. Eat a balanced diet of healthy foods

You fuel your body with the food you eat. You also nurture the long-term health of your body through the vitamins and other nutrients you consume on a daily basis.

Healthy EatingInclude in your diet, a balanced variety of foods from the major food groups: raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean protein, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats.

Also make sure your diet takes into consideration your health risks. Do you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure? If so, be sure to follow a diet that’s low in salt, saturated fat and cholesterol, and high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats. For personalized advice, talk with your doctor or a dietitian.

3. Integrate regular physical activity into your life

Healthy ExerciseThe benefits of being physically active include:

  • Living longer and feeling better throughout your life
  • Being stronger and more flexible
  • Building strong bones and fight osteoporosis
  • Preventing depression
  • Strengthening your ability to fight off illness
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight

It is optimal to get 30 minutes of daily exercise at least three times a week, but any amount of exercise is better than none at all! If you do not want to go jogging or swimming, try going for a brisk walk with a friend, working vigorously in the yard, or riding your bike to work.  Find ways to be active and keep your body moving.

4. Proactively  manage your stress through positive life strategies

Stress Free LivingStress is the number one reason most people gain weight and don’t exercise. It can also lead to depression and chronic or long term health problems.  Stress can be brought on by self-esteem issues, financial problems, relationship conflicts, major life changes such as a new job or a move as well as catastrophic changes in your life like divorce or the loss of a job.  To deal with these challenges, you need to find ways to relieve your stress.

Positive stress relievers are meditation, yoga, pilates, journal writing, reading a book or simply spending 5 peaceful and quiet minutes alone.

5. Maintain your health through regularly scheduled health exams

DoctorEven if you feel fine, it still important to see your health care provider regularly to check for potential problems. For example, most people who have high blood pressure don’t even know it. The only way to find out if you have hypertension is to have your blood pressure checked regularly. Likewise, high blood sugar and high cholesterol levels often do not produce any symptoms until advanced disease has occurred.

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