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You Need a Schedule too, Not Just Your Baby!

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Are you the main caretaker of your family and home? Is it up to you to arrange play dates and activity schedules for the kids, get them to their health appointments and grocery shop and cook, too? If your daily calendar is all filled up and there’s no time in it for you, then KXLY News is suggesting some tips for keeping yourself healthy while you meet all those demands. Ways to prioritize sleep, annual physicals, keeping on track with your daily medications and boosting your nutrition are all the list.

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First, I need to mention that while KXLY is directing their tips to moms, we all know that these days more dads than ever are shouldering household duties and child care responsibilities, so I’d like to address my thoughts on making time for yourself to parents in general. Second, I agree that it’s important to prioritize your health so you can do all those things a parent needs to do — but I also believe that prioritizing your health is the No. 1 necessity in everyone’s life, not just parents’.

That said, going point by point and beginning with sleep, I would say that sleep time may be the hardest thing to prioritize, as many people with busy schedules often cut back on sleep in order to make time for other things. However, that’s the last thing you should do. Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep every night, and like it or not, many studies show that cutting those hours short actually makes you less productive later.

So, the message is, try to do everything in your power to give yourself the luxury of a good night’s sleep by purposely stopping what you’re doing so you can into bed at a time that will allows you to get that eight hours. Prepping for bed is important, too: Turn off all electronics a minimum of one hour before you go to bed, sleep in a totally dark room, keep the room cool and don’t take any electronics to bed with you — including a TV.

Next, prioritize your health by boosting your nutrition with healthy, wholesome unprocessed foods. That means ignoring the carb-based food plate that the U.S. Department of Agriculture advises — with grains, pasta and bread as its cornerstone — and limiting grains, carbs and sugar. For optimal health, increase your intake of healthy saturated fats which promote satiety, reduce your hunger and help boost your immune system.

Balance that out with an exercise program — be it yoga, high-intensity interval training or my favorite, the Nitric Oxide Dump, or simply making it a point to walk around the block once a day. The reason why I am so passionate about sharing information about healthy eating and exercise, as well as other lifestyle changes like stress management brings me to the final two points: If you boost your nutrition and make exercise part of your day, it not only can keep you out of the doctor’s office, but can address the issues that cause your doctor to prescribe pills that keep you coming back.

To that end, if you think religiously taking prescription drugs — one of the cog’s in the featured article’s “health tips” — is a viable solution, think again. A far better approach is to get healthy and stay healthy with a health-boosting diet and exercise. You’d be amazed at how few pills you’ll need — if any — if you do that, as getting rid of refined carbs and sugars is a first step in getting rid of, or preventing, major chronic pill-gobbling diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular problems and even cancer.

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