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Q: How do I make deposits in my ‘health account’?

Posted September 25, 2013 in Advice Column, Waukee

A: Health is not about bad or good luck with your genes. Getting old does not mean you should have more health problems and more pain. Your health choices ultimately determine what genes are expressed or not expressed. I’m not saying that genes don’t play a role — they do — but they are not the determining factor in your health. Being healthy requires regular deposits in your “health” account.

Our society is about getting quick results right now by taking care of the symptoms, not the problem. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, pain and other health conditions usually result from poor health choices and stress. Getting healthy and reducing your physical, chemical, and emotional stress will eliminate the problems.

Here are five healthy choices you can start with. To learn more about incorporating these choices into your lifestyle, come listen to our next “8 Weeks to Wellness orientation.” Check the office and website for details.

Have your spine and nervous system checked by a chiropractor. Your nervous system controls everything. Make sure it’s working at 100 percent. Eat healthy — five or six small meals a day with a balanced portion of carbs, protein and fat. Exercise three or four times a week for 30-45 minutes. Include cardio and resistance training. Relaxation techniques such as massage, meditation, yoga, reading, etc can help relax your mind. Sleep.

Answer provided by Dr. Wesley Nyberg, Waukee Wellness & Chiropractic, 710 Alice’s Road, 978-6661.

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