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 As we embrace the season of renewal, it's the perfect time to revamp our habits and make healthier choices. Here are some simple swaps you can incorporate into your daily routine to spring into better health: 

1. Swap Soda for Infused Water

Instead of reaching for sugary sodas or drinks loaded with artificial sweeteners, opt for refreshing infused water. Add slices of citrus fruits like lemon, lime, or oranges, along with fresh mint or cucumber, to enhance the flavor of your water without added calories or artificial ingredients. Hydration supports digestion, helps regulate body temperature, and keeps your skin looking radiant. 

 
If you just are not able to fight the cravings for soda, pick an Olipop. Olipop contains a blend of 7 unique botanicals, plant fibers, and prebiotics. For example, a can of grape Olipop has 45 calories and 4g of total sugars as opposed to Fanta grape soda has 170 calories and 59 g of total sugar! Olipop is a much better option in those unique times that you are craving a soda but not something you should be consuming daily.  https://drinkolipop.com/pages/ingredients

You can check out the entire ingredients list here!

BIG NEWS

Upcoming Events

SoftWave Therapy Live Demonstration

When: April 16th @ 6:30PM

Where: Health 1st Office

The Gut-Brain Connection Workshop

When: April 30th @ 6:30PM

Where: Health 1st Office

2. Swap Processed Snacks for Fresh Fruit

Spring brings an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, and the Farmer’s Market. Say goodbye to processed snacks high in sodium, sugar, and unhealthy fats, and hello to nature's candy—fresh fruit! Incorporate seasonal produce like strawberries, kale, blueberries, asparagus, spinach, and radishes into your meals. These nutrient-rich foods not only taste delicious but also provide essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber to support your health. 

3. Swap Feelings of Overwhelm and Stress for the Practice of Mindfulness

Take time to slow down and be present in the moment. Whether it's through meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, or simply enjoying a quiet moment outdoors, practicing mindfulness can help reduce stress, improve mental clarity, and enhance overall resilience. Remember to make positive deposits into your cup of mindfulness as there are deductions taken daily.

4. Swap Fried Foods for Baked or Grilled Options

Instead of frying your favorite foods, try baking, grilling, or roasting them for a healthier alternative. This reduces the amount of added fats and calories while still allowing you to enjoy delicious meals with a satisfying crunch or char.

5. Swap Staying Up All Night for a Good Night’s Rest

As we adjust to the changing daylight hours, make sure to prioritize quality sleep. Establish a consistent bedtime routine, create a relaxing sleep environment, and limit screen time before bed. Adequate sleep is crucial for overall health, mood regulation, and cognitive function.

6. Swap Couch Potato Time for Outdoor Activities

With the weather getting warmer and the days getting longer, take advantage of the great outdoors. Instead of spending hours on the couch watching TV or scrolling through your phone, get outside and enjoy the beauty of spring. Go for a refreshing hike, a bike ride through the park, or simply take a leisurely stroll in nature. Spending time outside not only boosts your mood but also promotes physical activity and overall well-being.

7. Swap Isolation for Connecting with Others

Spring is a wonderful time to reconnect with friends and loved ones. Plan outdoor picnics, gatherings, or activities that foster social connections and a sense of community. Building strong relationships is essential for mental and emotional well-being. The U.S. Surgeon General performed a study on loneliness where they concluded that it was as detrimental to your health as smoking. According to the study, “the physical health consequences of poor or insufficient connection include a 29% increased risk of heart disease, a 32% increased risk of stroke, and a 50% increased risk of developing dementia for older adults. Additionally, lacking social connection increases risk of premature death by more than 60%.”

 

Find the full results from the study here. 

8. Swap Late-Night Snacking for 10 Air Squats

Break the habit of late-night snacking with movement. Not only does it help curb cravings and prevent mindless eating, but it also promotes health and weight loss. Those late-night cravings are planned, and scientists have spent tons of money studying how to get you addicted to crap food via the TAS1R2 receptor. It is a sweet receptor located on the back of the tongue which has a direct connection to the brain’s release of dopamine, our reward system. Artificial sweeteners were designed specifically to trigger the TAS1R2 receptor to get you hooked, not for flavor. That is why you will find them in foods, interestingly they provide no added taste, but they trigger an addictive response. Exercise triggers a dopamine release as well so the next time you want to reach for that bag of chips, do 10 air squats or push-ups instead.

 

Don’t believe me, check this article to learn more!

Remember, your health is an ongoing journey, and spring is the perfect time to recommit to your well-being by making some simple swaps. Whether it's incorporating more vegetables into your meals, committing to a regular exercise routine, or practicing self-care habits, taking small steps can lead to big improvements over time. Stay tuned for more tips, inspiration, and resources to support you on your path to a healthier, happier life. 
 
Wishing you a vibrant and joyful spring season!

Chiropractic Corner

Did you know that the first chiropractic adjustment was NOT for headaches or back pain BUT to restore someone’s hearing?!  On September 18, 1895, in Davenport, Iowa, Daniel David (D.D.) Palmer, a magnetic healer and self-taught practitioner, performed what is widely considered to be the first chiropractic adjustment on Harvey Lillard, a janitor who had lost his hearing decades earlier after a mishap where he felt a pop in his back. After an examination, Palmer noted a misalignment in Lillard's spine and theorized that this misalignment was the root cause of his hearing loss. With a precise thrust to the spine, Palmer administered what he called an "adjustment" to realign the vertebrae. 

Shortly after the adjustment, Lillard reported experiencing an improvement in his hearing. This pivotal event led to the development of chiropractic focused on the relationship between the nervous system and overall health. The principles he established laid the foundation for modern chiropractic care. 

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