don't engage in these health pitfallsDo you have a car or truck? Ever go to get your oil changed, and the service technician tells you that you should get your air filter changed, new spark plugs, and maybe even a tire rotation? Ever say, “no,” and leave? That might not always be the best choice.

Regularly scheduled maintenance is listed in every automobile’s owner’s manual. This routine maintenance includes such things as a 15,000-mile service, a 30,000-mile service, etc. It’s prescribed by the manufacturer to help ensure a long “life” to your ride. All too often people ignore car care which can have some serious negative effects on the “health” of your automobile.

Today on Facebook someone shared an article from AOL on “The Top Ten Worst Things You Can Do To Your Car” (read it here).

Our Body’s Machine Needs Care Too

This article sparked some thought on how we take care of our bodies. While we don’t come with an owner’s manual, we often ignore the important things we know we can do to maintain good health. Here are the top worst things you can do to your body in relation to that article:

  • Not seeing your physician regularly is like putting off scheduled maintenance. Let your doctor “take a look under the hood” yearly.
  • Not seeking medical attention or making a healthy lifestyle choice to replace a bad one is like ignoring the check engine light. If you’re sick, get help.
  • Not getting enough sweat-producing aerobic exercise and getting enough healthy sleep is like neglecting to change your oil on time or at all. Your body needs to rid itself of impurities, rejuvenate with good cardiovascular activity, and then rebuild and recharge with rest.
  • Neglecting to keep track of your health (weight, pulse, blood pressure, etc.) is very much like failing to check tire pressure. Keep a daily or weekly journal of your health progress.
  • Not getting enough water to drink daily is like ignoring transmission, brake, coolant and other fluid services. Remember, no less than 8 glasses per day!
  • Exerting yourself beyond what is healthy (overdoing exercise or overindulging in eating, drinking, etc.) is like continuing to drive your vehicle when it overheats. Know your limits, and listen to your body.
  • Failing to cleanse the body through some kind of detox periodically is akin to not changing the fuel and air filters. Some doctors suggest doing some kind of digestive cleanse once quarterly. However, always check with your health care professional before undergoing any dietary or physical change.
  • Taking the advice of friends, coworkers, and family without seeking sound medical advice from a doctor, chiropractor, or other health care professional is like having an unqualified person or service center service your vehicle. Your network may love you, but they may not have all of the information they need to diagnose or treat you.
  • Taking low-quality nutritional supplements and consuming food with little or no nutritional value is like using aftermarket parts instead of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) quality parts. You are what you eat, and don’t settle for anything less than the best.
  • Self-diagnosing and self-treating your health issues is like trying to service your own vehicle if you don’t know what you are doing. Don’t go it alone, seek professional advice and care.

While perhaps not all of the above items may pertain to you per se, making sure that you routinely check on your body’s health and adopt a regular nutrition plan, exercise regimen, and sleep schedule are critical to keeping your engine purring for a good long while, even if you’re a “classic.” A regular detox program can also help you feel vibrant. Check out the 21-Day Digestive Health Detox by Botanic Choice and Stella Metsovas today.

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