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Q: Is good health genetic?

Posted December 25, 2013 in Advice Column, Waukee

A: Health is not about bad or good luck with your genes. You don’t have arthritis, heart disease or back pain because your parents did. Getting old does not mean you have more health problems and more pain. Do you really think we are supposed to have more pain and sickness the older we get? Your health choices ultimately determine what genes are expressed or not expressed. Genes are not the determining factor in your health. Being healthy requires healthy behaviors.

Our society has been blasted with ads that say, “When diet and exercise fail…” Diet and exercise don’t fail. Healthy choices don’t fail. 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 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 to get healthy with. To learn more about incorporating these healthy choices into your lifestyle, come listen to our next 8 Weeks to Wellness orientation. Check the office and website for details.

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

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

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