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Health Q&A

Posted November 21, 2012 in Advice Column, Waukee

Q: Is it too early to make my 2013 resolutions?

A: Just like diets and fad workout programs, resolutions usually never work. How many times have you said to yourself, “This year I’m going to lose 10 pounds and start living healthier,” or “I’m going to finally take care of those headaches.”

Most of us only talk and not enough are taking action. Most of us have great intentions but somewhere down the line, we get “busy.” This may seem early, but now is the time to start making goals for next year. That way, when next year hits you’re ready to go. Make 2013 the year of action. I saw a statistic that said for every $1 you spend on medication you can expect to pay $1 on treating side effects for that medication. Insurance premiums and co-pays are increasing, and your benefits are decreasing. Enough is enough.

Your health is a savings account; you must invest early and continue to make deposits. This “health account” will grow over time and save you and your family thousands of dollars in the future by keeping you out of the hospital, off unnecessary medications and functioning at a high level. Living a balanced life and making good lifestyle choices are the key to having a healthier life. Stop talking and start doing. Make the commitment to a healthier life.

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

Q: How can I be healthy both inside and out?

A: “You look great!” Who wouldn’t want to hear those words? In our culture, looking good is highly valued, and we spend a significant chunk of our fortunes on grooming, clothing, jewelry and other adornments that improve the way we are perceived by those around us.

Yet, you’ve heard the expression “You can’t tell a book by its cover” — appearing good on the outside doesn’t mean that everything is working properly on the inside. In fact, sometimes health problems are sneaky and insidious, without any noticeable symptoms.

Blood pressure can creep upwards, wear and tear can erode the joints, and any number of subtle changes can occur that at first create no pain or obvious malfunction. There are really only two things you can do to help yourself.

First, you can choose the very best lifestyle habits available. Eat well. Reduce your stress. Exercise appropriately. Avoid unnecessary injury. Minimize toxicity by reading labels and staying away from excessive chemicals in your food.

Second, you can consult experts on body function and lifestyle design, building a wellness team with the services you prefer — nutritionist, personal trainer, life coach, massage therapist or body worker and, of course, your doctor of chiropractic, who can help you coordinate the use of professionals like these and others.

You need to take the responsibility of developing good health habits, and building a team of professionals to help you get healthy and stay healthy, so you work as great on the inside as you look on the outside.

Information provided by Dr. Paul Kerkhoff, Kerkhoff Chiropractic, 260 Highway 6, 987-4747.

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