Spring into Wellness Chicago Friends!
Spring into Wellness
Aaaah SPRING! The change of season is finally here and April has already delivered on its promise…lots of crazy weather! The transition in the air, evokes flurry of activity; temps are all over the place, rain storms one day, glorious, fresh air and lots of sunshine on another. Just like the atmosphere and temps our bodies and minds get swept up in the world wind of transition.
I’ve recently began to notice an influx of patients with a common theme to their ailments. It seems with the warmer temps everyone in coming out of winter hibernation, out of sedentary life, which has led to injuries. I love learning about the various activities that everyone is taking on. Adding a few of these tips will help to ensure a smooth transition and a healthy way of life to last well into summer and beyond!
1. GET MOVING Go ahead and get outdoors! A daily 20 minute walk can help increase your stamina and can help make the transition into running a whole lot easier.
2. Revamp Your Diet with Fresh Fruits and Veggies Take advantage of the variety of vegetables available during spring. A healthy diet includes adding vegetables and fruit every day. Vegetables like broccoli, green beans, leafy greens, zucchini, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, and tomatoes are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Try to eat about 3 to 5 servings every day. Check out this yummy recipe for Lemon-Mint Snap Peas & Lima Beans below!
3. Drink More Water This goes without saying but make sure with your new fitness routines you are properly hydrating your body. Drink plenty of water before going outside and have plenty on-hand to stay hydrated.
4. Check In for a Check Up Before starting any new physical activity check in with your doctor for a head-to-toe wellness check.
5. Maintain regular Chiropractic Adjustments Prevention is the key to optimal health. Be sure to schedule a visit ensure proper alignment and prevent injuries, and unnecessary aches and pains from flaring up.
Lemon-Mint Snap Peas & Lima Beans
- 1 small shallot, minced
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed
- 10 ounces frozen baby lima beans, thawed
Recipe Source: Eating Well
Dr. Joanna Reaves is a Chiropractic Physician passionate about working with patients of all ages. She has experience working with children, pregnant women and athletes.
Dr. Reaves works with health challenges such as acute and chronic pain, weight loss, stress, and those looking to change their lifestyle to better themselves and live a healthy life to their highest potential.
She helps patients to not only eliminate their pain and disease but to prevent it from occurring again. Her preventative care focus is centered on coaching her patients to make lifestyle changes and choices that include changes in posture, correct workplace ergonomics, hydration, regular exercise, and eating a clean diet.
Through chiropractic care, acupuncture, nutrition, and rehabilitative exercises, Dr. Reaves utilizes a holistic approach allowing our body to heal itself. Eliminating the root cause of pain, stress, or weight gain allows our bodies to heal naturally and prevents illness.