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If you can’t commit to drinking 8 glasses of water a day, that’s alright. Hydration by way of water-rich fruits contributes to attaining fluid balance in your body. Ingesting water aside, interacting with water, being near it and the warmth it provides can uplift your spirit. We hope that these encourage you to make water a big part of your daily life.

A warm bath makes you feel less lonely

Have you ever wondered why you feel so much better after soaking in a warm bath? Research has found out that the reason why we find comfort in a warm bath when you’re lonely is because it substitutes for the physical interaction and emotional connection. The warmth triggers the release of oxytocin, the hormone responsible for putting you at ease and connected. It’s similar to the rise of temperature when you’re physically close with someone, an event that also triggers oxytocin.

Less intense hangovers

Remember dehydration-triggered headaches? That’s similar to what happens during a hangover. On a night out, drink a glass of water for every glass of alcohol. It’ll lessen the pain of a hangover when you wake up the next day. You’ll be visiting the bathroom more often, but it’ll pay off in the end.

Think more clearly

Proper hydration can go as far as affecting your brain – not just dehydration-triggered headaches, but the shrinking of brain tissue too. When you’re dehydrated you brain has to work twice as hard to perform at its best. That was observed in a study involving students who were to take exams – those who bought water with them got better results than those who didn’t.

It’s a natural cleanser

Water constitutes the biggest part by volume in any natural cleaning material – whether for your home, clothes, dishes, body or your face. They pack cleansing power without the toxicity. Better for your health, your pets and the environment!

Gargle – it keeps you healthy

In a study conducted during the cold and flu season involving  400 participants, it was found that those who gargled with water have fewer chances to get their upper respiratory tract infected and their symptoms were mild during instances that they did.

Water-rich fruits can hydrate you too

Fruits like cucumber, watermelon, strawberries and vegetables like cucumbers, lettuce and celery have the most water content. These are a great way of replenishing bodily fluids in an appetizing way. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendation is for adults to eat 2 cups of fruits and 2.5 cups of vegetables per day.

Living near bodies of water is good for your wellbeing

Some people find their health improving during a stay near the coast. It might be the relaxing sound of the water. Ambient sounds are the trend these days with gently pouring rain, beach waves and the bubble of fountains among the most popular options. For some people it’s easier to focus on work with these sounds in the background. Whether that or the view, the smell of the sea or the sun, spending time near water will do you some good.

Swimming is good for your mind and body

In a study conducted over 8 months, swimming was found to improve a person’s physical and mental health. It’s a very physical activity impacts free cardio that burns a lot of calories. Plus, there’s the feeling of solace in the pool when the rest of the world recedes in the silence.

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Water is around us, within us, and in a way, we too are water. The human body is ⅔ water. Its presence and absence influences 100% of the processes in our body. Here 7 ways why you should bring a bottle (a reusable one!) of water with you wherever you go.

Help you lose weight

It’s not that it does something covert like inducing hormones in your body that water is so good at helping you lose weight. It simply makes you feel fuller thus curbing your appetite, even more so if you drink water before meals, which in a study was found out that those who drank water before eating lost weight faster than those who didn’t. And sometimes, you’re probably dehydrated and mistook that feeling for hunger. The next time you need a bit of boos, drink some water.

Helps you exercise during warm weather

Working out in the heat is usually fine, but a very important precaution should be taken: before getting out there, make sure to hydrate yourself. You’re losing that water to sweat so always make sure to replace those lost fluids. 

Keeps your digestive tract moving

Eating foods with lots of fat and fiber requires a lot of water to break down. Your trips to the bathroom will get easier and faster if you’re not constipated, and instead of looking for a quick and dirty solution, treat the cause: just drink more water. If you’re dehydrated, you’re pushing more stress on your kidneys and liver when it these waste products could easily pass through the urinary system with enough water.

You might avoid bladder cancer

Bladder cancer might be uncommon, but it exists. It is preventable, through – increased fluid intake – that fluid being water – reduces the risk of contracting it. Again, it’s not doing anything extraordinary – drinking water frequently, and resulting in frequent urination prevents the buildup of carcinogens. Hydration may also reduce the risk of colon and breast cancer. 

Hydration prevents headaches

Newsflash: constant headaches are a sign that you’re probably dehydrated. It’s also a migraine trigger. Headaches caused by dehydration can quickly be cured by drinking 2 cups of water and you’ll feel relief within 30 minutes. You’ll have to do more if it occurs frequently: drink 2 to 4 cups within 1 to 2 hours for relief.

It keeps your kidneys healthy

These bean-shaped organs do a lot to regulate your body’s waste, blood pressure and keep your bodily fluids, so give them a lot of love! Again, it doesn’t take much. Just remember to drink water as much as you can, avoid hard drinks and don’t hold your pee!

It gets you energized

Another sign of dehydration is fatigue and lethargy. Just like dehydration-triggered headaches, the only cure is to drink water. If you’re wondering why caffeine, tea or energy drinks don’t work for you, it’s probably because you just need water. 

Your joints and cartilages are lubricated

Water helps keep bodily connections like joints and cartilages are lubricated, hydrated and supple. Cartilage, the material that coats the edges of the bones and prevents them from banging against each other, is 85% water.

You’ve probably worn your ears off listening to the predictable drone of the benefits of exercise. Yes you’ll get healthier, but is that enough to motivate you to run more miles on the treadmill? If the thought of sweating it out for a slimmer waist or leaner muscles doesn’t cut it anymore, maybe you haven’t heard of the non-fitness related benefits of working out?

Gain actual work-life balance

Your job and personal life gets a boost from the aptly-named industry journal Human Resource Management found out workers who found time to exercise during the work week found more work-life balance more than others. It’s all thanks to the boost of endorphins during exercise – they’re less stressed about facing their work life.

It makes you better at sex

If you’re still procrastinating on hitting the gym using your busy schedule as an excuse, then maybe knowing how it’ll spice up your sex life will make you think twice. Pumping iron, doing squats and planks improves your performance in bed and it’s not all about your physical form. Experts and studies say that regular physical exercise heightens your arousal, even if you haven’t had any in a while. 

You can get better pay

Remember how you’re required to undergo a full physical exam before you’re hired? The HR managers want to know if you’re healthy enough to hire, and once you’re in there’s a chance that you’ll be paid much more than those you aren’t. In a study conducted by the Journal of Labor Research they discovered that employees who regularly  exercise made 9% more than those who didn’t. 

Reduce your risk of developing lifestyle-related diseases

Warding off diseases is a no-brainer benefit that you get from exercise. The most common illnesses you’ve heard of – breast cancer, heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, hypertension, diabetes – those are preventable by hitting the gym.  Physical activity seems to be the best and most natural way to stay away from getting those illnesses, plus they cost less.

Boost your brain power

Do you know why people who sit in front of computers for long hours are advised to move around every once in a while? An article in Neurology suggests that high levels of cardio activity when you’re 18 to 30 years old improves your brain power. Blood is pumped faster in your body during exercise, carrying with it oxygen, feeding your brain so it’s able to think better.

Ward off wrinkles

If you’ve spent a fortune on face creams that don’t work, maybe it’s time to try another approach to look younger. The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine suggested that frequent exercise for people in their 40s had skin similar to people in their 20s and 30s.

You’re happier

Elle Woods said it best: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t”.

When you look in the mirror after an intense workout session, you’ll see how your sweat gave you a rockin’ bod. You should know that you’re not seeing everything in the mirror. Up in your head, your mental space is so much better through exercise – that’s scientifically proven too.

Get a boost of endorphins

A punishing 5 mile run on the treadmill can squeeze the life out of you, and while you’ve lost a few hundred calories you’re gaining something too. During the course of exercise, you’re releasing endorphins that create the feeling of happiness and euphoria. Doctors suggest that their patients suffering from depression or anxiety take up a sport hit the gym or spare a few minutes of their day for physical activity, which studies suggest are just as effective as antidepressant pills to treat depression. It doesn’t mean completely ditching your meds, it complements to your existing treatment. 

Maintain mental stimulation

A fact that comes with aging is that as we grow older, our mental capacity is decreased. It doesn’t help that we’re susceptible degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s kills off memory and eventually, one’s ability to live and function independently. Exercising may not cure Alzheimer’s, it can put off the mental decline that begins once you hit 45. Working out when you’re 25-45 boosts the chemicals that support and prevent the degeneration of the hippocampus, the center of the brain’s memory and learning.

Improve your memory

It sounds weird, but getting sweaty helps improve your memory. Perspiration actually increases the production of cells responsible for memory and learning found in the hippocampus. Let your kid play during recess time – research actually found a link between the level of physical fitness with brain development. And it’s not just for the kids. You’re more likely to improve and retain vocabulary if you’re running sprints.

Curb your addiction

The feeling of pleasure washes over you during the release of dopamine, the hormone responsible for making you feel good- whether from sex, drugs, alcohol, food or exercise. Some people enjoy it too much they get addicted and end up getting dependent on a pleasure boost. While dopamine is released during exercise, it can help curb it too. There’s been a study conducted on alcoholics which found out that intense, short sessions of exercise are a good distraction from cravings. 

Unleash your creativity

Exercising comes in various forms, and much of these like sports get you to interact with people. Even if you’re at a gym you’re rarely exercising alone. Which is good for your mental health. Being better than your workout buddy – running more laps, having faster times  – the competition keeps you motivated. 

Enjoy the fun of the outdoors

When the stress of work and home life gets too much, sometimes all you need is a breath of fresh air and a change in scenery. Let the scenery distract your thoughts and soak up the sun –  the Vitamin D actually lessens your likelihood of developing depressive symptoms.

If you are in Atlanta and you are experiencing back pain, then you must see a chiropractor as soon as possible. The reason why we are urging you to hurry is that this pain can lead to several other complications concerning the nerves and the skeletal muscles present in the back.

Although there are many over-the-counter medicine types which you can use to alleviate the pain, there is nothing better than treating it with chiropractic care. This article is intended to give you all the reasons why this way of treatment is the best option. However, before stating those reasons, let us quickly get through the causes of the back pain.

What causes back pain?

In terms of causes, anything that puts a strain on the spinal cord and the skeletal muscles supporting it can cause the pain. This is because like every organ in our body, these organs can only take a certain amount of strain. The pain is basically an indication that your back has experienced strain beyond its limit. If we state the mainstream reasons for that strain, then they would be the following:

  • Heavy, unbalanced lifting which targets the lower back muscles
  • Ruptured spinal disks
  • Poor posture
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis

Having stated the main causes, let us know how they are treated by a chiropractor.

  1. Spinal Adjustments

    In this method, a chiropractor places his or her palm on the affected area and applies a certain amount of force. This technique is meant to realign all the muscles of the spine which are causing the pain.

  2.  Massage Techniques

    Sometimes, a chiropractor recommends massage techniques in addition to the spinal adjustments. One of those massages is the MFR which stands for Myofascial Release. It differs from the rest of the soft tissue manipulations in targeting the scar tissues.

  3.  Physical Therapy

    After the alignment of the spinal cord and the muscles surrounding it, a chiropractor advises his or her patient the exercises which are a part of physical therapy. These exercises target the core muscles and the back muscles thus increasing the stability of the core for maintaining proper posture.

These were the techniques which are used by the chiropractor to treat back pain. As you can see, in all of the three techniques no surgical instruments are involved. This means that the back pain is only cured through encouraging natural movement and alignment in the spinal bones and the skeletal muscles.

That being said, there are several other benefits of chiropractic care:

  • It is far better than using medications,
  • It can prevent back pain in the future,
  • It is cost-effective,
  • There is no need for special diets for it,
  • It can prevent disk herniations and can effectively cure it,
  • It is safer than other cures available.

Back pain affects more than 80% population in the USA. And as much as $50 billion is spent each year on treating it. However, even then, the symptoms still are observed to remain. Thus, this makes a good case for you to only seek care from a chiropractor who is readily available in your city Atlanta.

Atlanta chiropractors advise regular back-strengthening exercises to reduce the frequency and chances of back pain. Strengthen the spinal muscles help maintain proper posture, range of motion, and structural stability of the spine.

Since one of the many causes of back pain is the misalignment of the vertebra, these exercises target just the right muscles that support the spine – the back muscles and the ligaments – in order to strengthen them for the right back movement. Also, these exercises work as part of your chiropractic care along with spinal adjustments.

There are plenty of back exercises that you can learn; however, these are simple yet effective methods to help strengthen the back with goals to prevent and potentially help reduce back pain and discomfort.

So, let’s begin with the exercises.

BridgeExercise, Hip Lift or Reverse Plank

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These exercises target the glutes, especially the large muscle Gluteus maximus. This muscle is responsible for keeping the back aligned by supporting it from below.

Steps on how to do it:

    1. Lie on the ground with hands on your either sides, and your knees folded with your feet apart.
    2. Begin by lifting your hips up in the air without taking help from any other muscle but the glutes.
    3. Keep raising your hips until you cannot rise further.
    4. When you start to feel the burn in your hips and abdomen, hold the raised position for as long as you can.
    5. Note the initial holding time, and repeat the exercise 10 times in 3 sets.

 

Plank Exercise

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Planks are one of those complete exercises that target more than one muscle groups especially the core muscles and the back muscles accompanied by the glutes.

Steps on how to do it:

    1. Lie face down on the floor,
    2.  Lift up your upper body from the ground such that you clamp both your hands just beneath your face, and spread the elbows approximately shoulder-wide so that they can take the major load of the lift.
    3. Tuck your toes into the ground and with the help of your abdominal muscles lift your lower body so that the only body parts that touch the ground are the toes and the hands.
    4. Make sure your back, shoulder, and hips are aligned with each other.
    5. Hold this raised position for as long as you can.
    6. Note the initial timing of the raise that you could manage.
    7. Repeat this exercise 15 times in 3 sets.

 

Swan Dive Exercise

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If we are to rate any exercise that targets the lower back most effectively then it would the swan drive. It also stretched the front of the body and thus, it can be also a preferred exercise after the planks in order to stretch the core muscles that are targeted in that exercise.

Steps on how to do it:

    1. Lie face down.
    2. Place your hands on either side of your body.
    3. Point your toes.
    4. Lift your shoulders and the legs about 6-inches high.
    5. Maintain that position for as much as you can. Note your timing.
    6. Repeat the posture 15 times in 3 sets.

If you cannot do this exercise the way it is stated, then you can also do a variation of it. In that, you can lift yourself with the help of your palms.

    1. Do steps ‘a’ to ‘c’ stated above.
    2. Place your palms on either side of your shoulders.
    3. Apply force on the ground through the palms, and lift your body.
    4. You do not have to lift your legs.
    5. Repeat steps ‘e’ and ‘f’ stated above

Performing the exercises mentioned daily may help with the reduction in the back or shoulder pain. Posture muscle stability combined with corrective chiropractic adjustments are the best combination to obtain and maintain healthy posture. Your Atlanta chiropractor at Corrective Chiropractic can personalize a corrective exercise plan to improve the strength of your back. Request your appointment here!

Posture deviations can lead to aches and pain in the neck, mid back, and low back regions. Muscle memory from prolonged sitting, daily activities (computer and cell phone use for instance) result in forward head posture, leading to excesses stress and strain on the back muscles and structure. Along with decreasing the amount of time seated and on technology, posture exercises can be incorporated into your health plan to re-establish healthy muscle memory for proper posture. Exercises including plank, the yoga pose Cat Cow, and spinal extensions can in time help reverse posture deviations with time.

Plank

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The standard plank effectively targets the lower abdomen (abs), glutes and thighs in order to relieve stress and strain of the trapezius, and erector spinae muscle groups.

How to do it:

  1. Lie on the floor with your face down.
  2. Tuck your toes into the floor.
  3. Now lift your body with the help of your elbows, hands, and toes. You should experience strain in the abs and glutes while you’re doing so.
  4. After rising off the ground, make sure you align your hips, back, and shoulder.
  5. Maintain this position for about 15 seconds and then relax.
  6. Repeat this position for 15 times in 3 sets. Keep adding 2 seconds to the time after each rep.

 

Cat or Cow Exercise

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This exercise is one of those yoga postures that can strengthen your back muscles and your abs at the same time. It works in an alternative manner where you target the abs first and then the back muscles by arching downward and upward respectively.

How to do it:

  1. Get on all fours.
  2. Make sure your wrists are below your shoulder.
  3. To exercise your abs, inhale while bringing your stomach toward the floor. Also, gently arch your back down and your shoulders and tailbone upward.
  4. Hold this position for about 15 seconds.
  5. Afterwards, to stretch your back, exhale while arching your back toward the ceiling, and bringing down your shoulders and tailbone to the floor.
  6. Hold this position for about 15 seconds.
  7. Repeat both of these stretches alternatively for 15 times in 3 sets.
  8. Rest in between the reps.

 

Back Extending Exercise

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Back extension exercises can help target posture muscles that are typically in a forward or flexed state due to posture deviations.

How to do it:

  1. Lie face down on the floor.
  2. Bring your hand beneath your face.
  3. Tuck your toes into the floor but not lift your legs.
  4. Extend your arms to lift yourself off the floor until you feel the strain in the lower back.
  5. Hold this position for about 15 seconds.
  6. Repeat the exercise for 15 times in 3 sets.

 

Performing the exercises mentioned daily may help with the reduction in the back or shoulder pain. Posture muscle stability combined with corrective chiropractic adjustments are the best combination to obtain and maintain healthy posture. If you perform these 3 easy exercises, you will experience a reduction in the back or shoulder pain. However, if the symptoms still persist, you should see a chiropractor.

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The holiday season is here, and it seems there is a party every night that condones drinking and eating hors dorves that are typically fried or breaded. The trend I commonly see in my practice is that during this time of year people begin neglecting their workouts, stressing more about deadlines, missing their adjustments, and doing other activities that lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. However, now is the time to be committed to working out, eating healthfully, getting adjusted, and working on being your best self so you do not get sick or pack on the winter weight. Here are some key steps on how to avoid gaining holiday weight:

1. Warm lemon water in the morning

Drink a warm glass of alkaline water with a freshly squeezed organic lemon. There are many reasons for this; including balancing your pH levels, aiding digestion, and boosting your immunity due to the high levels of potassium and Vitamin C in the lemons.

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Back in January I wrote an article on this, and I would like to stress the importance of it right now (read the article Let The Games Begin to learn more about tabata). Those of you who are going for walks at night or in the morning are creating great movement patterns for your body and increasing circulation. However, walking alone will not get you fit or in shape; because it is considered a movement, not exercise. While walking is important to maintaining health, we do not burn enough calories to lose weight doing these movements. My favorite workout for people to do at this time of season is a double tabata. Tabata was created by medical professional, Dr. Tabata; he found that short bursts of training with short rest times increases oxygen output in the body and burns fat. To perform this workout, go at 100% of a movement for 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat this cycle 8 times for a 4 minute workout. Some great movements that can be done are:

  • stationary bike
  • sprints on treadmill
  • jumping jacks
  • air squats
  • sit-ups
  • push-ups
  • pull-ups

There are even smartphone apps that have Tabata timers to download for free.

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This is a topic you may have never guessed I would discuss because it condones alcohol. I will preface that, I am not encouraging you to drink tequila, but I do not want to be the Debbie Downer who tells you to only drink bottled water at your company holiday parties. If however, I could choose a drink for all of you, it would be a paleo margarita which consists of: tequila, lime juice, and club soda. By staying away from wine and beer, you will be saving yourself massive amounts of unnecessary sugars, as well as other toxins, that can store fat.

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You read that correctly! In order to lose fat you will want to pump up your body with good fats to help speed metabolism. The main fats I would like many of you to consume are MCT’s, or medium chain triglycerides, which are found in coconuts (coconut oil, coconut flakes, coconut water, coconut flour, and coconut sugar), avocodos, and raw almonds, which should be soaked in alkaline water before consuming. This soaking process helps the nut bring out all of its enzymes, so it become more easily digestible and healthier for your body.

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Following these suggestions will help avoid the holiday weight gain. As always, I love to hear from my patients and blog reader. Please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question, it may just be featured as the topic of one of my future blog posts!

How does nicer legs and a tighter rear sound in only 30 days?

I have a simple challenge for you to begin the second of the year and I would love to hear whether you are going to accept or deny this challenge.

I want to help you kickstart those goals and resolutions you made 6 months ago and reignite them for the 2nd half of the year.

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The basic and most fundamental movement when it comes to the human body is squatting. We squat many times in a day from sitting at the table to eat, getting in our car, sitting on the toilet, bending down to pick things up, sitting at our desk at work, and other actions we take we get in that position. It is crucial we are good at this movement and also have built strength around it.

If you are looking to get superfit then keep Burst Training and do this challenge and get in great shape. Every person I know that has done this simple challenge has dropped a lot of weight and gotten more fit.

CHALLENGE

For the next 30 days follow this chart and DO NOT MISS A DAY. You CAN break up the squats so when you get to 200 you can do 100 in the AM and 100 in the PM. The squats can be done in your bedroom without any equipment and should not take to long depending on your fitness level. Whether you are in shape or overweight, doing squats helps release growth hormones and helps increase testosterone levels in males. This is huge as many males are getting diagnosed with low T levels and too many doctors are pushing pills down their throats.

CHART TO FOLLOW

VIDEO TO WATCH FOR FORM

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Shoot me an e-mail back if you plan on doing this as I would be interested to see pre and post pictures.

One Life: This is all we get!

Knowing that we will be here on this Earth one time the question becomes: What are you willing to do to make it your best?

This question constantly feeds through my head as I live my life. Whether I am about to put food in my system, get exercise, see my chiropractor, socialize with friends, head to the office, or deliver a workshop my choices are about an EXTRA-ordinary quality of life.

As our societies stress levels rise it is essential we are taking EXTRA care of ourselves through many different avenues. There are societies in the World called “Blue Zones” which is where it is common for those to live over 90 and in to their 100’s with little risk of chronic disease. These societies tend not to follow the brainwashing that goes on in our country such as Larry the Cable Guy’s recent Prilosec commercial. Here is a picture of Larry telling us it is ok to eat corndogs because if we take a Prilosec then we will be OK. What a joke!

Unfortunately many people live their life through these commercials by being stressed out and wondering why they are on blood pressure meds, eating garbage foods and being on cholesterol or diabetes medicine, not having social networks or a sense of purpose and being on anti-depressants, and the list could go on.

The fact is: IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT! This is what has been engrained in to your brain since a child but if you continue to lead that lifestyle then you will be like everyone else in our country (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, etc).

The definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Samantha, Shalonda, and myself are 110% committed to having everyone in our office live their greatest life so PLEASE take advantage. We want to show you and teach you what you can do different than everyone else and what the healthiest people in the planet are doing that are dependent on drugs or a poor quality of life. The 3 of us were put here to be servants to you so please ask questions, send e-mails, come to workshops, read my e-book, and get involved.

The societies that live the longest have common qualities and I want to touch on 4 of them as I feel they have the power to allow you to live your greatest life.

1) Get Regular Movement

Many of the societies that live to be over 100 tend to walk regularly, hike mountains, work the land, and perform other activities that create movement. They are NOT sitting in front of computers for hours a day and destroying their spine. NOW, I know many of us rely on computer work for our jobs but it is crucial we cut out time throughout the days for movement and exercise. ONE life, find the time! Walking around the office every hour, walking after meals, hiking mountains on the weekends, and other activities you can think of that would be more natural for the body.

2) Eat Foods Congruent With the Body

These societies tend to eat mostly a Mediterranean Diet filled with fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and stay away from processed junk food. Even the foods people think are from Earth and not processed tend be some of the most processed foods in the supermarkets such as milk, cheese, and grains. Once again our society has more stress now than ever so eating foods more genetically designed for the body will create a healthier internal environment.

3) Create Social Circles

Most of these healthy societies have large social circles where they get together for meals, games, or good conversation. In Okinawa and Loma Linda with the 7th Day Adventists they congregate regularly in person. Our society is obsessed with Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites as well as reality TV. By connecting with people regularly and getting together for functions can truly help maximize and increase your quantity and quality of life.

4) Find Your Purpose

Each society that has a long and healthy life tend to have found a sense of purpose they live for. In our culture we look forward to “retirement” yet we have no interests, hobbies, or extracurricular things we do to keep us fulfilled following this phase of our life. Finding a place to volunteer, living to serve others, falling in love with a sport, a passion for helping others live better lives, or becoming a mentor there are countless possibilities to develop your sense of purpose.