At Summit Primary Care & Walk-In Clinic we believe in a holistic view of healthcare that is founded on four pillars.  We believe that these four pillars are key to a longer, healthier life.  All four of pillars must be balanced, one is not more important than the others.

  1. Eating Healthy

Your body is a machine, and it requires good, clean food to run at its best.  Vegetables, fruits, meats, and whole grains all in balance with each other will provide the energy your body craves.

A healthy eating plan includes:

  • An emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products
  • Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.
  • Foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars.
  • Controlling of portion sizes.
  1. Physical Exercise

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 30 minutes of brisk walking every day and muscle strengthening at least 2 days a week.  Just a little bit each day controls your weight and reduces your risk for preventative diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

Easy Benefits to Exercising:

  • Control Weight
  • Combats Health Conditions and Preventable Diseases
  • Improves Mood
  • Boosts Energy
  • Promotes Easier Sleep
  • Boosts Social Interaction
  1. Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep is very important to your physical health.  Your body goes through numerous restorative cycles while you sleep that are vital to feeling rested and energized the next day.  The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults need on average 7-9 hours a night.

Missing out on even just an hour can lead to poor performance and drowsiness, which may lead to injury.  Studies have shown that a lack of sleep can increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and other preventable diseases.  People who get less sleep are more likely be overweight or obese, develop diabetes, and crave higher calorie foods.

  1. Social/Mental Health

The most overlooked pillar is your mental health and making time for healthy social interaction.  A 1998 study found that those who have a robust social relationship are more likely to live longer than their less social counterparts.

Another study found that those with a strong social network had a lower level of interleukin-6, an inflammatory factor that is common in Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers.

Your mental health is just as important as your social wellbeing.  Struggling with depression and loneliness can lead to self-harming behaviors and a greater risk for preventable diseases.  These feelings can be carried in the body and cause lasting damage. Seeking help for mental health issues is not a sign of weakness, but an effort to live the healthiest lifestyle you can.

The key takeaway: Balance these four pillars for the healthiest and happiest life.

Call us at 425-903-3141 or schedule an appointment online today to have your annual check up completed.

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