We all say we want to be “healthy,” but what does that entail? Is “health” simply the absence of illness? If so, then there are a lot of unhealthy people here in the U.S., where nearly half of all adults have at least one chronic disease. In fact, according to the CDC, 70% of all deaths each year are caused by cancers, heart disease and stroke.
But here’s the most distressing thing: many of these cancers are largely preventable. What we put into our bodies and how we use them have a big impact on whether (and how) we get sick.
Maybe one of the problems is that we don’t really know what we’re talking about when we talk about “health.” Just what is a ” healthy lifestyle?”
The Wholeness of Health
As a leading Pasadena Pain Management specialist, I take a “whole-body” approach to pain therapy, treating headaches, migraines, and/or TMJ pain in relationship with the rest of the body.
Below are 4 key facets of a healthy lifestyle. While acting on them is no guarantee of perfect health, research shows it can dramatically lower your overall disease risk.
4 Facets of a Healthy Lifestyle
Good diet/ nutrition — A good diet is based on whole foods, including lots of veggies, fruits and whole grains. It’s low in added sugars and other refined carbohydrates. Junk foods are a rare indulgence, if eaten at all.
Physical activity — Though the majority of us lead sedentary lives, this isn’t normal. We evolved to move. Regular exercise and physical activity are a must for our bodies.
Avoiding toxins — No tobacco. No illicit drugs. Alcohol in moderation. Minimize exposure to toxic chemicals as you are able.
Rest and sleep — Constant “busy-ness” is a surefire recipe for burnout. We require time off for fun, for relaxation, for simply being. Get enough quality sleep also matters, since that’s when our bodies do most of their repair work.
Southern California Treatment for Pain – Headaches, Migraines, TMJ, and More
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.