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The 3 R's of Taking Back Your Health

-Dr. Andrew St. Bernard

At some point in our lives, each of us will have to contend with a health issue of some sort. Obviously the fewer and less significant they are the better, but it's better to be equipped to deal with them better beforehand than to struggle with solutions in the midst. Here are the 3 R’s of taking back your health when it is challenged:

Realize the Problem’s Source

I always discuss this with my patients during their first consult. If we don't know the cause of the problem, how can we understand it well enough to resolve it? Time and time again I hear my patients tell me they don't know the cause. If this is you, then you need a doctor who will help you determine the cause. Make a list of doctors with whom you trust to use when necessary. If you don't have a chiropractor, get one. Have your nervous system checked for prevention.

Re-Engage in Healthy Behaviors

For some, this means engaging, but we all know what we need to do to help ourselves. Eating healthy and exercising should be the first thing we think of when taking action, yet so many of us struggle to know exactly what that looks like. Don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed by the myriad of diets out there, and simplify. Start with what you know, and commit to doing it regularly. Then you can fill in the gaps by becoming more knowledgeable. Read, implement, and repeat.

Remain Consistent

This is one of the hardest things to do, and evidence of this is apparent with new years resolutions. Often times people forget their goals because they get distracted. This is mainly because they did not schedule a time to review their goals and decide what is working and what isn’t. One of the rules by which I operate is when it comes to getting healthier, it is a journey, and making good choices MUST eventually lead to good outcomes! But what needs to happen first before we can see results? Consistency. Stick with the program! Follow it through! If it’s not working, then ask yourself why not. One of two things will happen. Either you’ll find out what’s wrong and fix, or it will start to work because you’ve given it enough time. Either way you win, as long as you don’t quit.

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