Frequently Asked Questions
What is a wellness lifestyle?
A wellness lifestyle is a proactive, daily approach to maximizing our health and well-being.
What is the importance of a wellness lifestyle?
A wellness lifestyle takes a proactive approach to health, which maximizes health and well-being while minimizing health risks.
What are the benefits of a wellness lifestyle?
The benefits of a wellness lifestyle are decreased health risks, better mood, better sleep, and an overall healthier lifestyle approach.
Hello everyone, this is Dr. Aaron Seaton with The Chiropractic Place. Today's video, we're talking about the wellness lifestyle. Now, I get this. This conversation comes up a lot in my office because the vast majority of our patients are under regular chiropractic care, they see the wellness benefits of chiropractic care.
So this is definitely an ongoing discussion I like to have with my patients, and they always hear me say that you need to do about half a dozen things correctly on a regular basis. You can maximize your health potential and minimize many of the health risks that are out there today. So let's go over the six things I like to discuss with my patients. Number one is sleep. We need rest, our body needs to shut down at night, and we need as much uninterrupted sleep as possible, preferably 7-8 hours a night for adults and my kids. I always tell them they will probably need 9, 10, or even more because kids are still growing and developing. So we must get to sleep. It helps our immune system do what it needs to do when things are shut down. There's a lot of repair in our brain when we get into REM sleep, which is when you're dreaming and doing stuff like that. That's how our brain unloads a lot of files from the day and gets rid of them. So we must sleep and allow our body proper rest, not constantly getting four or three hours of sleep and drinking caffeine to keep us going.
That is a recipe for disaster for your health long-term. Number two is exercise. We need to move. There are significant health benefits to exercise. We get our brain functions better. It affects how we sleep. We get better sleep when we exercise. Obviously, we are all probably aware of the immense cardiovascular benefits of working out. It also helps us maintain muscle mass, which is very important for maintaining strength as we age. These factors influence our health and help us minimize other health risks associated with not exercising or living a very sedentary lifestyle.
Number three is food. First, when I'm talking to patients about this, "What about this supplement, doctor? What about that vitamin? What about this? Should I do this?" Let's get back to basics in this category: eat real food, nothing processed. If it comes in a bag and it's processed and has hydrogenated oils, if you read the ingredients and you can't even pronounce the words, probably a good thing just to set it down. So I talk to my patients about the importance of "eating fruits and vegetables. I prefer you get them to be organic because then they're not sprayed with a lot of herbicides and pesticides. Do the best you can. Nobody's a hundred percent there, but fruits and vegetables, healthy meats, healthy... Hopefully, pasteurized eggs.
I consume raw dairy. I also consume fermented foods, that's very healthy for our Gut health. To keep our gut healthy and keep all the microbiome in here, all the bacteria and healthy things in our gut, keep those stimulated, and those fermented things can be like Kefir or raw sauerkraut. You could also be consuming kombucha. Yogurt is also in that category. There are lots of different fermented foods that can help us digest and help keep our gut health healthy, which affects our immune system. It affects everything, our hormones. So it's important that we have healthy digestion, and the way to start with food is to eat real food, just eat real stuff, not processed products, don't touch that stuff, just try that for a while. You don't have to count your calories and your carbs. Just start with that first. And then we can fine-tune it.
Number four is brain health, and what I mean by that is having a positive mental attitude and doing things that help stimulate your brain, like not just being stuck on social media or focusing on things that are negative, but we want positive stuff going in there, we want you thinking about new problems, playing, hopefully playing new games and trying new things, that's very healthy for our brain to not just do the same old, same old.
We know as people age when seniors go back to school and learn new subjects, we know that their brain performance goes way up compared to their counterparts that are not doing that stuff, so stimulating our brain, I think, is very healthy for us, because that is the master controller of everything in your body.
Number five, drink water. We need to consume water, your body is about 70% water, and most Americans are dehydrated. The standard recommendation there are eight glasses of water, so eight eight-ounce glasses of water, so basic math here, 64 ounces of water throughout your day is recommended. So if you're not used to drinking that, start somewhere and build yourself up, but try to get to about 64 ounces of water a day. There are various methods for doing that. I carry my Yeti cup, which has about 32 ounces. So I consume more than 64, that's just because I, I'm thirsty. But if you're not used to doing it and just do something that hopefully measures that, and you can keep track of that, that's a very important thing to do because that will help all these other aspects. It's going to help with digestion. It's going to help with sleep. It will help you circulate your blood, and we need to be hydrated to do that.
And number six, what I always tell patients is, "I want you under regular chiropractic care. I don't want you just coming in when you're in pain. I want to prevent spinal problems, spinal decay, and issues arising from neglecting your spine. So I get checked regularly by my chiropractors, and my chiropractors get checked regularly by me. That's how chiropractors utilize chiropractic and the best patient. These patients really understand that chiropractic is not just about removing pain. It's about maximizing their health and well-being, utilizing chiropractic care regularly." So hopefully, this list is a good starter for you to focus on the things, half a dozen things that you can do right to start maximizing your health and well-being.
I'm Dr. Aaron Seaton with The Chiropractic Place.
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