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6 Healthy Habits to Start Right Now

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Welcome to 2020: The year of perfect vision! This is not only a new year but also the beginning of a new decade. What a perfect time to discuss how to jumpstart your next year and next decade into healthy living. This month, we will be guiding you in the easiest ways to make this the healthiest year of your life.

2020 will not be like the Roaring Twenties you’ve seen in the movies: a revolution of health on the mental and physical level.  

Here are some facts you need to be aware of that make this decade more of a challenge:

  1. Every day, we are exposed to chemicals that have unknown effects on our health. The Center for Disease Control estimates that we are exposed to over 82,000 chemicals on a weekly basis. Approximately 82,000 chemicals are in industrial use with an estimated additional 700 new chemicals being introduced annually, resulting in a high potential for dermal exposure to chemicals.

  2. Emotional stress is on the rise in the United States, and with it the taxing effects of physical stress. According to Gallup, both stress and worry have been on the rise steadily from 2006 to 2018, especially for those between 15 and 49 years old. Developing stress relief habits now will help greatly in the long run.

So what to do? How to do it? Let’s make it simple. Here are the best target approaches to make an immediate impact for the better.

  1. Detoxification. A complete detox is a great way to deal with the overload of chemical stress you are exposed to! Detoxification at AFC focuses on clearing out the chemicals that stick around inside the body, providing relief to your vital organs and helping to restore a healthy microbiome.

  2. Nutrition. You are what you eat. Start with small, achievable nutrition goals such as replacing soda with tea, adding something green to every meal, or enjoying a small, vitamin-rich breakfast every morning. Visit one of our nutrition specialists for a health plan personalized to your taste, lifestyle, and nutritional needs.

  3. Exercise. Movement is life! We challenge you to find a form of exercise you love that becomes a natural part of your routine.

  4. Weight loss, if needed. There is no shame in needing to adjust your weight! There are numerous factors contributing to higher than optimal weight in the United States, from stress to chemicals to the long, sedimentary work day. Let us help you find a healthy weight to enjoy a healthy 2020.

  5. Allergy testing. You may have allergies to certain pollens, foods, or other allergens that you encounter in your daily life, without knowing what specifically you’re allergic to. This can lead to cold-like symptoms, stomachache, hives, a sore throat, inflammation, or other negative health effects. Visit us to identify your specific allergies in order to lead a healthier, informed lifestyle.

  6. Spinal alignment. Your spine is the fuse box of your human body! If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, especially in your back or legs, restoring your spine health will greatly improve your wellbeing and enable a more active lifestyle. Request an appointment today

Check back next week as we expand on these programs. Learn how you can take back control of your health and see clearly into the next decade of healthy living. Happy new year!