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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Your first step in improving your health and wellness is to determine where you are so you can set some goals and then take action to work towards them.

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At Explore Chiropractic, we use the Wellness Wheel.

Test yourself by circling a number in each one of the seven categories. The maximum score is 70. The center of the wheel (0), represents poor health. A 10, on the outside of the wheel, represents optimum health in that category.

Find out where you are right now by determining your weakest areas. Circle your two lowest categories, which need the most attention from you. Then take consistent action. Consistent discipline is the key to achieving the best results.

Your current physical health is partly the result of your past lifestyle choices. How would you like to predict your future health? You can by looking at your present health habits. Poor habits and choices today can lead to poor health and a lower quality of life in the future. Better health habits and choices today can lead to increased health and better quality of life.

Your health affects everything you do and everyone you know. With so many people depending on you, doesn't it make sense to invest in your health?

Spine and nervous system

Your life is experienced through your nervous system. Chiropractic care focuses on helping your nervous system work the way it was designed to. Chiropractors do this by locating and correcting vertebral subluxations. Since the body is self-healing and self-regulating, any interference to our nervous system won't allow complete healing or full expression of health.

To age well, you must move well. Life is motion, motion is life. Chiropractors allow you to express 100 percent of your life and keep your body in motion. If you neglect to maintain any aspect of your life, such as your car, house or relationships, will it last as long or function to its full capacity? The answer is no. That's why chiropractors specialize in locating and correcting subluxations to maintain and prevent problems, but most importantly to allow full life expression and optimum health when you combine it with the other aspects of the Wellness Wheel.

Therefore, if you have nerve interference (vertebral subluxations) there is no way that you can be expressing 100 percent health and wellness.

Eat

The saying is "you are what you eat." Are you a junk food or a health food?

Most people admit that they should eat better, but for some reason they often don't. Try this diet for 60 days and see how good you feel. Food is the fuel for our lives.

E Only eat foods that will rot or spoil, but eat them before they do.

E Only eat foods that are processed the way they were 100 years ago.

E Eat lots of color, and avoid the whites. (flour, sugar, salt, aspartame)

Sleep

Do you avoid caffeinated drinks? Is your evening meal three hours before bed? Do you have a regular bedtime, which you follow with rare exceptions? Do you have bedtime rituals such as a warm bath or reading to relax until drowsiness sneaks up on you? Is your bedroom generally a quiet place all night long? Is the temperature of your bedroom 70 degrees for lower? Do you think of your bed, the mattress and pillows as the most comfortable place in the world? Are the bed sheets, blankets, quilts and comforters exactly right for you?

If you answered no to any of these questions, this could cause deep sleep problems. With today's hectic lifestyles, society is sleeping less in order to work more. Inadequate sleep disrupts health in many ways and could lead to illness.

Exercise

Some people view exercise as an unpopular time-consuming chore. However, adding exercise could produce exciting new changes in your body, health and well being faster than improvements in other categories. Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine.

The most important part of exercise is to take action every day. Even if you can only spare five minutes, take action and move in this category and see just how well you can improve your health.

Breathe

Performing regular exercises will improve your breathing, because your lung capacity will increase. Meditating while breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth as you relax will also improve your breathing. To score a perfect 10 in the breathing category is to consciously do a breathing exercise every day -- even if it is something as simple as taking 10 deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.

Think

If you look a little deeper, you find that what allows us to start and maintain healthy habits are thoughts and feelings. In order to change your lifestyle, you must change your mind first. If we can control our thoughts, we can control our destinies. The best way to minimize mind clutter and busyness is to meditate.

Drink

How much water do you really need to stay healthy? Drinking eight glasses a day of pure water is ideal for most people. An alarming number of people who don't follow this guideline are constantly dehydrated.

In conclusion

How you do anything is how you do everything. If you play full out and commit to implementing the seven aspects of the Wellness Wheel, your health and life will be better.

Dr. Mike Headlee is the owner of Explore Chiropractic, located at 223 Third Street N.W. in Bemidji. His mission is to foster, promote, and inspire health excellence to the people of Beltrami County. To ask Headlee to speak to a group or business, or to acquire "Discover Wellness," a 408-page e-book on wellness, call 333-8811 or visit the website www.explorechiropractic.com.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Your first step in improving your health and wellness is to determine where you are so you can set some goals and then take action to work towards them.

At Explore Chiropractic, we use the Wellness Wheel.

Test yourself by circling a number in each one of the seven categories. The maximum score is 70. The center of the wheel (0), represents poor health. A 10, on the outside of the wheel, represents optimum health in that category.

Find out where you are right now by determining your weakest areas. Circle your two lowest categories, which need the most attention from you. Then take consistent action. Consistent discipline is the key to achieving the best results.

Your current physical health is partly the result of your past lifestyle choices. How would you like to predict your future health? You can by looking at your present health habits. Poor habits and choices today can lead to poor health and a lower quality of life in the future. Better health habits and choices today can lead to increased health and better quality of life.

Your health affects everything you do and everyone you know. With so many people depending on you, doesn't it make sense to invest in your health?

Spine and nervous system

Your life is experienced through your nervous system. Chiropractic care focuses on helping your nervous system work the way it was designed to. Chiropractors do this by locating and correcting vertebral subluxations. Since the body is self-healing and self-regulating, any interference to our nervous system won't allow complete healing or full expression of health.

To age well, you must move well. Life is motion, motion is life. Chiropractors allow you to express 100 percent of your life and keep your body in motion. If you neglect to maintain any aspect of your life, such as your car, house or relationships, will it last as long or function to its full capacity? The answer is no. That's why chiropractors specialize in locating and correcting subluxations to maintain and prevent problems, but most importantly to allow full life expression and optimum health when you combine it with the other aspects of the Wellness Wheel.

Therefore, if you have nerve interference (vertebral subluxations) there is no way that you can be expressing 100 percent health and wellness.

Eat

The saying is "you are what you eat." Are you a junk food or a health food?

Most people admit that they should eat better, but for some reason they often don't. Try this diet for 60 days and see how good you feel. Food is the fuel for our lives.

- Only eat foods that will rot or spoil, but eat them before they do.

- Only eat foods that are processed the way they were 100 years ago.

- Eat lots of color, and avoid the whites. (flour, sugar, salt, aspartame)

Sleep

Do you avoid caffeinated drinks? Is your evening meal three hours before bed? Do you have a regular bedtime, which you follow with rare exceptions? Do you have bedtime rituals such as a warm bath or reading to relax until drowsiness sneaks up on you? Is your bedroom generally a quiet place all night long? Is the temperature of your bedroom 70 degrees for lower? Do you think of your bed, the mattress and pillows as the most comfortable place in the world? Are the bed sheets, blankets, quilts and comforters exactly right for you?

If you answered no to any of these questions, this could cause deep sleep problems. With today's hectic lifestyles, society is sleeping less in order to work more. Inadequate sleep disrupts health in many ways and could lead to illness.

Exercise

Some people view exercise as an unpopular time-consuming chore. However, adding exercise could produce exciting new changes in your body, health and well being faster than improvements in other categories. Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine.

The most important part of exercise is to take action every day. Even if you can only spare five minutes, take action and move in this category and see just how well you can improve your health.

Breathe

Performing regular exercises will improve your breathing, because your lung capacity will increase. Meditating while breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth as you relax will also improve your breathing. To score a perfect 10 in the breathing category is to consciously do a breathing exercise every day -- even if it is something as simple as taking 10 deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.

Think

If you look a little deeper, you find that what allows us to start and maintain healthy habits are thoughts and feelings. In order to change your lifestyle, you must change your mind first. If we can control our thoughts, we can control our destinies. The best way to minimize mind clutter and busyness is to meditate.

Drink

How much water do you really need to stay healthy? Drinking eight glasses a day of pure water is ideal for most people. An alarming number of people who don't follow this guideline are constantly dehydrated.

In conclusion

How you do anything is how you do everything. If you play full out and commit to implementing the seven aspects of the Wellness Wheel, your health and life will be better.

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Dr. Mike Headlee is the owner of Explore Chiropractic, located at 223 Third Street N.W. in Bemidji. His mission is to foster, promote, and inspire health excellence to the people of Beltrami County. To ask Headlee to speak to a group or business, or to acquire "Discover Wellness," a 408-page e-book on wellness, call 333-8811 or visit the website www.explorechiropractic.com.

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