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We are nearing the end of the first month of the new year. Did you make any resolutions, or set any goals for yourself for 2019? One of the most popular goals at the beginning of every year is to be healthier. People often think of dieting when thinking of improving their health, but the holistic health of the body, spirit, and the mind is key overall health.  To learn more about holistic health improvements, I turned to the staff at Golden Carrot Natural Foods in downtown Paducah.

Golden Carrot Natural Foods supplies a variety of products from supplements to natural, whole food options, and beauty care items. In addition to their numerous product offerings, Golden Carrot provides education on a variety of topics such as CBD products to essential oils, supplements and nutrition items, and the benefits of consuming organic food.

Geoff and Michelle Speed, the managers of Golden Carrot, offer these tips for improving your overall health.

Drink Your Nutrients.

Our bodies use energy to process and distribute the nutrients from the things we eat and drink. Taking in nutrients in liquid form requires less energy than consuming nutrients through solid foods. If you are deficient in a specific vitamin or mineral, then Geoff and Michelle recommend you use liquid supplements to allow the body to optimize the distribution of the nutrients with minimal energy use by the body The most common deficiencies in the United States are the B and D vitamins, as well as the minerals magnesium and zinc. These are essential for our energy levels and immune system function, among other, common complaints.

Use Juice or Smoothies/Shakes to Lose Weight and Boost the Immune System.

Are you looking to lose weight or boost your immune system? A juice diet or smoothie/shake diet may be a good option to add to your routine. These two forms of consumption can increase your nutrient intake with less energy use from your body to distribute the nutrients. This is also a great idea for anyone who gets sick easily or frequently.

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Establish Routines.

One key to meeting keeping your resolutions and meeting your goals is to establish a routine. Routines become habits, and habits become a way of life. Geoff and Michelle suggest using alerts on your smartphones. Name them. Examples include “take a deep breath,” “Stand up and walk around for five minutes,” “take your vitamins.”  Set these alerts for the same time every day. These reminders will help hold you accountable for your routine.

Get Plenty of Sleep.

One of the leading causes of health problems is the lack of proper sleep. Go to bed at the same time, every night (yes, even on the weekends). If you use your smartphone as a morning alarm, make sure the phone is placed at least three feet away from your reach. Try to get at least seven full hours of sleep each night.

It is not uncommon to set goals and resolutions without realizing how overwhelming they may be in the beginning. Start small. Add onto those goals a step at a time.  Setting goals that are too lofty or ambitious are the most common cause of resolution failure.  If your resolution is to improve your health, prioritize your goals based on their importance to your health.  Start with sleep, diet, or exercise, but start with just one. As you create your routine, you will find there is room to add another with proper management. Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to a healthier you.

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