Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:40

Nutrition & Lifestyle

By Dr. Kevy Smith | Families Today

With the holiday season coming to an end, many people are anxious to get started on their New Year’s resolutions.  Some very common resolutions include bettering one’s health in some form or another. 

A good way to rejuvenate your health is by eating nutritiously and becoming more active. In fact, even a few simple changes in your diet and lifestyle can have a positive impact on your health—and may prevent a variety of chronic health problems in the future. 

Start today to make better choices that will fuel and strengthen your body.

Lifestyle Changes

 • Exercise at least 20 to 30 minutes up to five days a week. High intensity, weighted exercises are better for weight loss, whereas cardio is better for improving cardiovascular health.

 • Eat out more sparingly. Food preparation methods in restaurants often involve high amounts of fats, sugar and salt. 

• Brown-bag your lunch to control your fat, salt and sugar intake while adding nutritious fruits, vegetables and grains.

• Limit alcohol and quit smoking. Drinking alcohol excessively and/or smoking can hinder your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from your food.

• Research shows that smokers suffer from back pain more than nonsmokers do. 

• Practice mindfulness on a daily basis. This could come in the form of yoga, meditation or journaling. 

• Aim to sleep 6 to 8 hours a night. When possible, sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs rather than on
your back.

Dietary Changes 

• Eat more raw foods. Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables always have more natural vitamins and minerals. 

• Select organically grown foods when possible because they have lower amounts of toxic elements, such as pesticides and heavy metals.

 • Consume 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day. Whole-grain breads and cereals, beans, nuts and some fruits and vegetables are good sources of fiber. 

• Be sure to hydrate your body through adequate fluid intake, with water and other beverages that do not contain added sugars or chemicals. Juicy foods, including many fruits and vegetables can also help you meet your fluid requirements. 

• Limit your sugar intake. Eating/drinking added sugar (i.e., sodas, fruit drinks, desserts, candy, ready-to-eat cereals, etc.) leads to weight gain and obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Research shows that a good vegetable-based diet as part of a comprehensive health program can help prevent heart disease, cancer and other diseases. If you are considering a vegetarian or vegetable-based diet, keep the following tips in mind: 

• Don’t rely on fruits and vegetables at the expense of grains and legumes. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to consume a wide range of nutrients. 

• Tiredness, malaise and anemia can be signs of deficiencies. Have your B12 and iron levels checked at least once a year. 

• Consume fortified foods or take supplements to obtain the nutrients you no longer get from animal-based products, such as vitamin B12 and vitamin D. 

• Before eliminating animal products from the diet, learn to do it right. Children, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and people recovering from illness should consult their health care practitioners before making such a change.

As part of their extensive education, chiropractors are trained in nutrition and wellness promotion, and they can offer you dietary counseling as well as lifestyle tips to get you moving in the right direction.  For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 518-587-2064 or visit us online at

Dr. Kevy Smith is a chiropractor in Saratoga Springs providing non-surgical treatment of spinal disorders and sports-related injuries.  For more information please visit or call 518-597-2064.

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