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I promised to share my 2020 health resolutions with you and here they are! Any or preferably ALL are the most important steps a person could ever take to improving their health.

#1. Just MOVE

I decided that I had gotten semi lazy after hurting my shoulder back in August and it was true. After a month of relative inactivity I had never gotten back up to my previous level of activity. Over the holidays, I had decided to extremely limit my time on social media, as well as the smart phone and computer in general and that has helped loads. When I am not sitting staring at those objects I am infinitely more active. Each morning I limit my time checking emails to just a few minutes and get moving. I find my house is getting cleaner by the minute and I feel better having strenous physical activity and the feeling of accomplishing things. Movement is one of the most important requirements the human body has and it is no secret that a sedentary lifestyle is linked to every chronic disease there is. Aim for at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity it's important and it feels great especially once you get used to it.

#2 Drink ALOT Of Water

I believe I have mentioned that in Japan it is customary to drink a huge glass of water upon arising in the morning. Even I did not drink much water in the morning but I realized I needed to change that....and I have. I try to now drink one half to three quarters of a liter of mineral water in the morning before lunch. If your urine is not very light yellow or colorless you are not drinking enough water. This is true even in the presence of supplements. Without water most metabolic processes in the body are hampered. Thirst is not a reliable indicator of hydration. By the time you are thirsty or your urine is yellow you are dehydrated. Drinking coffee or tea in the morning is extremely dehydrating. I gave up caffeine about 5 years ago and that certainly helps but you simply MUST drink water.

#3 Stay Positive

I do my best to remain positive and that is largely due to staying away from news headlines. Unfortunately, social media means you are literally forced to ingest large quantities of bad news everyday. I know it had an impact on my attitude so I don't participate anymore and I feel better. When you feel better emotionally your health HAS to improve.

Well, these are just some thoughts on my 2020 health resolutions. I hope they are helpful to you. Should you need assistance with your health and wellness this year, please contact us anytime for an appointment at 847-577-4455. Above, I have posted our other upcoming topics for January. Don't miss why the US life expectancy is on the decline for several years now. Sign up here for notifications.

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Dr. Taryn DeCicco

Author's Bio: 

Dr Taryn DeCicco ND, LAc, LDN of Apple A Day Clinic in Arlington Heights, IL has been practicing Naturopathy, Nutrition, and Acupuncture as a holistic doctor, specializing in acne, skin, digestive disorders, and HPV for over 20 years!