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We love New York. It is a city full of cultural experiences, exciting innovation and opportunities like nowhere else in the world. Living here provides us with plenty of benefits — yet it’s hard to feel rejuvenated in the city that never sleeps. Between the fast-paced lifestyle, constant hum of activity, and a work culture that expects us to constantly be on, NYC living can take a toll on our health. Below we list the top ways living in NYC may affect our health and what we can do about it.
- Problem #1: The Dollar Slice -
NYC is king when it comes to convenience. Unfortunately, often the most convenient foods are the least healthy ones (lookin at you dollar slice). Because metabolizing food requires nutrients, these empty calories actually rob our body of the nutrition it requires. The good news is, our city has an exceptional array of healthier food spots in almost every neighborhood in the city, and luckily there are plenty of apps that can guide us in the right direction (see below).
- Problem #2: New York State of Mind -
Lack of sleep, constant stress and a perfectionist mindset can drain us both physically and mentally. This can take a toll on our adrenal glands (the regulator of our stress response) and can lead to “adrenal burnout,” with feelings of fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and anxiety or depression. It can also seriously mess with our immune system and the ability to fight off infections.
- Problem #3: The Concrete Jungle and Pollution -
Air pollution is a leading environmental threat, especially in NYC. The endless stream of cars, trucks, and ongoing construction puts us in close vicinity to harmful pollution. Adding to this, most of us spend much of our time indoors, where we often aren’t getting the benefits of plants, including airborne plant compounds called phytoncides that boost our immune system. Couple this with lack of sunlight and you have a perfect storm.
- Problem #4: The Weekend Getaway -
Being outdoors—although good for our health—does have risks. NYC’s favorite escapes like the Hamptons, Montauk, and the Hudson valley are perfect hideouts for ticks that may carry Lyme disease. The northeast has the highest rate of Lyme disease (after all, the name comes from Lyme, CT) and NY is one of twelve states that comprise 95% of reported cases of Lyme disease in the USA.
Above all, living in NYC requires us to have strength and resilience. We are passionate, we are innovative, and we have a desire to “do more” in life. Despite the obstacles that come with the territory, we can still prioritize safeguarding our health and wellbeing. Let’s make the New York minute count by maximizing our physical and mental health, allowing us to live life to its full potential.
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This guide was written by Dr. Morrison and the health and nutrition experts at The Morrison Center. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health through the treatment and prevention of disease.
Dr. Jeffrey Morrison is an award-winning medical doctor, a leader in the field of Integrative Medicine, and champion of a nutritional approach to healthcare
Robin is a registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine and holistic healing modalities. She helps her clients address complicated conditions and return to wellness.
Stephanie is a Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner with a passion for helping her clients fulfill their potential through both emotional and physical optimization.