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Dr. Alexia Peake Inhulsen DC, CCSP, CACCP, Peake Wellness Center and Dr. Gena Wickes, CAVCA

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A New Year, A New You

Greeley Experts Share Their Best Tips For Health and Wellness

Dr. Alexia Peake Inhulsen DC, CCSP, CACCP, Peake Wellness Center

1. Well-sourced supplements: If you’re going to make the effort to take supplements make sure they are from a good source that is trusted among professionals. The best way to ensure you have a high quality supplement is to purchase directly from a holistic provider such as a naturopath, acupuncturist, chiropractor or nutritionist.

2. Get Adjusted: Your brain controls almost every single function in your entire body, chiropractors have direct access to ensure a properly functioning nervous system which means less pain, better movement, improved balance and better health! It’s always a good idea to seek out someone who serves your needs over being in network.

3. Hydrate: We all know the rules, if you’re having a hard time getting the recommended amount of water in a day, add a squeeze of lemon and a dash of sea salt to what you are getting. It will increase the absorption into your cells so you aren’t running to the bathroom all the time and your body receives better hydration.

Dr. Frank Morgan, M.D.-Direct Primary Care Physician, CEO, and Founder of Balance Health

1. Cut sugar out as much as possible because sugar seriously damages your metabolism. Sugar is, without a doubt, public enemy number one when it comes to the epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

2. Make exercise a daily priority by discovering an enjoyable activity like dancing or hiking. This will make fitness pleasurable rather than a chore. There is no such thing as the ‘fountain of youth,’ but exercise comes close.

3. In our fast-paced, technology-driven world, prioritize quality sleep. Adequate sleep is your superpower for physical and mental rejuvenation, providing the foundation for a healthier and more vibrant life.

By embracing these three pillars—sugar avoidance, enjoyable exercise and quality sleep—you lay the groundwork for a resilient and thriving body and mind.

Jennifer Wenning, MSN, FNP-BC - Family Nurse Practitioner, Balance Health

1. Food is information for the body: Every bite you take sends information to the cells of your body. Nutrients are like messengers that give instructions on how to repair tissues, regulate metabolism and maintain overall health. What message does broccoli vs. potato chips give the body? Every bite counts. Let food be thy medicine.

2. Take a technology fast: Consider embarking on a technology fast which means unplugging from digital devices and screens. This action may help with mental health, reduce strain on the eyes and help you reengage with the real world. Start out small—designate specific hours or days for the fast. Let your loved ones know your plan and stick to it.

3. Get sunlight in the morning: Exposure to morning sunlight is crucial for circadian rhythm regulation. The natural light helps synchronize your internal body clock, promoting wakefulness and alertness. Sunlight exposure stimulates the production of serotonin, enhancing mood and overall well-being. It also kickstarts vitamin D synthesis, crucial for bone health and immune function. Commit every morning to stepping outside, breathing deeply and letting the sun hit your face!

Orthopaedic and Spine Center of The Rockies

1. Proper Gear: Whether you are shoveling snow, snowboarding or skiing, it is important that you use proper gear. Using the proper equipment for these various tasks is key to preventing potential back pain. Be sure to check your gear periodically to ensure that it is in proper working condition.

2. Stretch!: Cold weather causes our bodies to tense up. The ligaments, tendons, and muscles that support your spine can tighten and cause injuries like muscle strains, dislocations, and/or tears. It is important to stretch often to keep your muscles warm and loose. Warming up is critical to avoiding injury during any season.

3. Know When You’re Tired: Winter injuries, especially on the slopes, often occur at the end of the day when your body is tired from being in the elements for so long. Listen to your body, know when you’re tired, and don’t push yourself over that mark. Stopping early is a better alternative to injuring yourself.

Dr. Joseph Thompson DDS, Thompson Advanced Dentistry

1. Professional Teeth Whitening Services: Brushing your teeth and flossing can help you get rid of surface stains on your teeth. But your toothbrush cannot reach stains and other discoloration deeper in the tooth enamel. Your dentist can provide a specified whitening treatment that can penetrate and lift these more stubborn stains.

2. Annual Dental X-Rays: A dental x-ray can provide full images of your teeth, including those that have not grown into place yet. This way a dentist can look at the way the teeth grow and check if they have shifted. Misaligned teeth may lead to many dental concerns, so your dentist can keep an eye on this issue and suggest orthodontic treatment if needed to straighten your smile.

3. Routine Appointments: Dentists recommend attending routine cleanings and exams at your dentist’s office every six months. This length of time provides an ideal window for catching, diagnosing and treating early signs of dental problems in average patients.

Victoria McEwan and Meghan Banks, Owners of Double Trouble Studios

1. Waxing is a form of self-care in one of the most basic forms: Having perfectly shaped brows or a cleaned-up Brazilian wax can really brighten your day. Body waxing not only provides a confidence boost but can also be good for the skin. Waxing exfoliates the skin and is better for returning hair growth. Body hair grows back slower, softer and with less irritation than traditional hair removal methods such as shaving. 

2. Facials: Getting regular facials is a great start to self-care. Everyone should take time for themselves to relax and rejuvenate the skin. Double Trouble Studios offers several different types of facials based on your personal skincare needs, from exfoliating and resurfacing to buffing off dead skin build-up to aging skin concerns and addressing acne and breakouts. Monthly facials improve the brightness and glow of the skin while also setting aside personal quiet time to decompress from everyday stress. 

3. Investing in at-home skin care: Getting facials once a month is great! The next step to maintaining that self-care is investing in your at-home skin products and routines. Double Trouble Studios loves talking to clients about the products they use at home and believes your best source of confidence starts and ends with the products you are using during your at-home skin routine. Glowing skin is always in.

Doug and Terri Aden, Owners of OsteoStrong GreeleyWest

1. Sleep: We all know we need it, but we rarely get enough of it. This is the time that the body repairs itself building bone and muscle. Sleep plays a role in your weight, blood pressure, immune system and emotional wellbeing, along with mental and physical performance/exercise. Adults need eight to nine hours of sleep each day.

2. Nutrition: Fat is necessary for many brain and body functions, but we want to focus on consuming the healthier fats. Carbohydrates provide us with the ability to perform activities, but we will stay healthier with complex carbs, like non-starchy veggies, and avoiding simple carbs as they are detrimental to health. Proteins are the building blocks of our bones and muscles; you need more than you think.

3. Relationships: Whether we want to look at them as connections, spiritual or mindset, we want to aim for optimal not average. Whenever we focus on others, rather than ourselves or our work, we can avoid the victim mentality. For us, focusing on the Holy Scriptures, which reflect and remind us how hallowed God is and how small we are, helps. Find what works for you.

Jacki Reider, AuD, Colorado Ear Care

1. Untreated hearing loss impacts health and lifestyle in many ways. It can lead to social isolation, anxiety, depression and cognitive decline. We encourage people to have a hearing test by age 50 to be proactive with their hearing health.

2. Diabetics are twice as likely to have hearing loss and people with hearing loss are more likely to be a fall risk. High blood pressure can also coexist or be a precursor to hearing loss.

3. More than 200 medications are known to cause decreased hearing, tinnitus and balance problems. Make sure to discuss your medication list with your primary care physician.

  • Dr. Alexia Peake Inhulsen DC, CCSP, CACCP, Peake Wellness Center
  • Dr. Alexia Peake Inhulsen DC, CCSP, CACCP, Peake Wellness Center and Dr. Gena Wickes, CAVCA
  • Dr. Joseph Thompson
  • Orthopaedic and Spine Center of the Rockies - Future Location Coming Soon
  • Jacki Reider, Doctor of Audiology
  • Jennifer Wenning, MSN, FNP-BC - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Frank Morgan, M.D.-Direct Primary Care Physician, CEO, and Founder of Balance Health
  • Frank Morgan, M.D.-Direct Primary Care Physician, CEO, and Founder of Balance Health
  • Victoria McEwan and Meghan Banks, Owners of Double Trouble Studios
  • Doug and Terri Aden, Owners of OsteoStrong GreeleyWest

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