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  • February 2018
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How to make 2018 great

As we flip the calendar to the New Year many people turn their aspirations inward to improve their health going forward. Today we will delve into considerations for the New Year and make it great!

1. Choose foods wisely. The Environmental Working Group website has a list of the “clean 15” and the “dirty dozen.” Fruits and vegetables on the dirty dozen list should be purchased organically due to the heavy pesticide residue, which does not contribute to overall good health. For the produce on the clean 15 list, you can save your grocery pennies and buy non-organic as there is not significant spray detected or there is a protective peel or rind surrounding the fruit or vegetable that can be removed before eating. Another recommendation is to eat with seasons to vary your produce choices to incorporate more nutrients. Unfortunately the average American eats only 15 foods — over and over and over again potentially leading to food sensitivities.

2. Exercise. In my practice I commonly see patients who regularly incorporate cardio into their fitness routine. Unfortunately strength training and flexibility often take a back seat to cardio but are equally important. I am in favor of group, or individual training, as it can be helpful for an instructor to observe and critique the clients form and posture, in addition to simply making it more fun. I have also seen positive results with step counters in my patients trying to incorporate more motion in their day and to keep moving. Motion is the body’s lotion so get up and start moving!

3. Consider nutrient testing. There are specialty labs using a simple blood draw that can evaluate if one has nutritional deficiencies, which can be corrected with supplementation. Our population in Wisconsin is especially susceptible to vitamin D deficiency as we have many days where the sun is too far away to absorb adequate vitamin D effectively through our skin. Supplementation can prove helpful to correct imbalances. I also like evaluating B vitamin status, as this vitamin complex helps us deal with stressors, which are plentiful in our daily lives.

4. Cultivate or immerse yourself in a new activity or hobby. Below is a list of three common traits of people who live to 100 years of age.

  1. They are lean.
  2. They don’t smoke.
  3. They have hobbies.

Hobbies, especially in retirement, are important when transitioning from the work place to retirement. It is great brain food, to learn something new, which helps develop new neuronal pathways, and as a bonus, it is good to tap into your inner creativity.

Try to incorporate some helpful tips from this article and make it a great 2018!

Dr. Amy Nussbaum Schubbe

Dr. Amy Nussbaum Schubbe is a board-certified chiropractor who has been helping families achieve better health for 25 years. She is certified in functional medicine, nutritional counseling and is a certified gluten practitioner. She is on the Fox Valley Celiac Board and counsels newly diagnosed Celiac and gluten sensitive patients. She also has additional training from the Hashimoto Institute.Her office is located at Nussbaum Chiropractic, 873 N. Casaloma Drive in Appleton. Call 920-734-2400 to get started on a better path to health!

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