What is wellness?
Wellness is a state of being healthy as a result of deliberate effort. Wellness is not early detection or preventative medicine, but rather a proactive approach to getting the most out of your life!
I eat pretty well. Why do I need to take supplements?
Our food sources these days are deficient in vital nutrients due to soil depletion from over farming, genetic alterations of mass produced crops, harvesting foods before fully ripened, and adding certain chemicals to ward off insects and increase shelf life. Unless you are eating everything locally grown and organic, you are not getting the quality of food your body deserves. Also certain “luxury: foods (junk food) can inhibit absorption of vital nutrients by our bodies.
Are all supplements the same or at least similar?
No. Most commercially available supplements are mass produced synthetic materials. That means they do not contain the active forms of the things they are attempting to “supplement” as they would be found in nature. It all depends on the source. Some companies take the time to ensure their products start from a good clean source, and continue with that same level of quality control all the way to packaging. The companies we use provide a whole-food product, meaning the product is as close as it can be to how it is found in nature. Their harvesting and packaging processes use low heat so as not to destroy vital enzymes found in the foods. They use as many natural binders as possible, like honey and other natural starches, to keep the products as pure as possible. Anything we carry in our office is highly scrutinized to provide the absolute highest level of quality possible.
What kind of exercise is best?
The best exercise routines blend the three most important aspects of exercise: cardio, strength and flexibility. We need to get the heart rate up and keep it up for at least 20-25 minutes (Cardio). We need to develop muscle strength, helping stabilize the core and increase bone density (Strength) and lastly we need to keep the muscles, joints and ligaments well stretched out to ensure proper range of motion and to decrease injury from the other two areas of exercise. These three elements should be combined, whether on the same day or different days, to optimize any fitness plan!
What are some of the best ways to reduce my stress?
Since stress involves the primitive survival system of the body, one of the best ways to help the body adapt is through exercise. The burning off of the energy released through stress is one of the most logical ways of adapting to it. Also, adjusting the spine to relieve interference to the nervous system has been proven through research to both directly and indirectly affect stress levels. Lastly, we recommend some kind of relaxation technique to calm and focus the mind. Meditation, prayer, deep breathing etc are all effective at lowering the heart rate, releasing calming endorphines and reducing the overall stress levels.
If you have any questions that have not been addressed here, or would like to expand further on any of these questions, please feel free to call or send us an email.