3 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Health and Well Being
By Joe Hernandez, DC
It’s true, thanks to modern medicine and treatment, the average person in the 21st century has a much more prolonged lifespan compared to all of their ancestors before them. The United Nations estimated about 316,600 centenarians worldwide in 2012. Currently, the world has come to nearly half a million centenarians since baby boomers now have more access and opportunities to care for their mental, physical, and emotional health.
Chances are, you too know someone who puts time aside to better their well-being. It is especially common in today’s society to see people, men, and women alike, sustaining a better diet and/or exercising more regularly. However, the average American woman lives to 81 years old while the average American male lives to 76 years old.
If both men and women have all of the necessary opportunities to educate themselves and take care of their health, why do women in America still tend to live longer?
As it turns out, women have tendencies to live longer than men due to the fact that the majority of women get regular check-ups. Us men have the same opportunities as women, so why is this the case? Is it because some of us would rather push the possibility of bad news to the back of our minds? Perhaps some of us could simply find it an inconvenience?
Regardless of what the reasons may be, it is still extremely important that everybody pays more attention to their wellness. I find myself constantly explaining to patients that if they do not recognize issues now, they could struggle to or even lose the chance to heal in the future. Losing control of one’s own health could cause a wide range of consequences, from flawed vision to restricted movement. The biggest repercussion of all would be missing out on special life occasions.
To decrease the possibility of illness and to minimize the risk of health deterioration, simply follow the guidelines listed below.
1. Donate blood
When you think of donating blood, you probably only think of it as an act towards charity or whatnot. However, donating blood also benefits you and catches you up to speed with the way your body is functioning. Not to mention that as you are becoming aware of your own body, you are also helping one of the thousands of people in need of blood transfusions. Giving blood can reveal potentially life-threatening health issues, especially those related to your cardiovascular system. Every time you give blood there is a mini physical that takes place where they check your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, hemoglobin and more.
I have had experiences where my patients are sent out for an MRI due to an automobile accident and the MRI picks up a tumor they would never have been aware of if they hadn’t taken the scan.
2. Get regular checkups
Regular checkups help you become more aware of your health and can make you aware of problems within your body. This way, you are able to prevent illnesses or injuries from becoming out of control.
3. Get your spine aligned
Often times when we are young and healthy, we sustain an injury that goes unchecked. However, because we were young, our bodies healed that injury quickly, but incorrectly due to altered biomechanics. This can cause pain years after the injury occurred in the same area due to arthritis that appeared because the old injury healed wrong. Proper chiropractic procedures and medicine, like physical therapy, for example, can be used to prevent these delayed pains and problems. A procedure like this would realign and repair the tissues and bone structure, thereby strengthening the injured area. Every time there is a physical injury, my team and I will provide the proper care and remedies so that the afflicted area can heal as seamlessly as possible as to avoid the possibility of arthritis.
These straightforward steps can help to put you well on your way to improving your health and well-being.
If you are experiencing neck pain, back pain or have been involved in an auto accident, call your Doctor of Chiropractic. Chiropractic is gentle and effective in treating these symptoms without the use of drugs or surgery.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joe Hernandez, DC has been practicing in San Marcos, CA since 2005, specializing in lower back pain, neck pain, headaches and auto accidents.
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