"Health is a growing
for everyone. If we don't have our health, we don't have much
The average lifespan today is fifteen years longer than it used to be,
which means that babies born today will be living to be over 100 years
old. This fact alone makes it imperative that we focus on our
over the long term. This of course means proper nutrition, sleep
and exercise, but it also involves developing and maintain a positive,
constructive and healthy attitude towards not just our own bodies and
lives, but towards the world as well. Health is
Every tiny detail of our being, from what we eat to how we think,
to how well we are. The healthier we are, the better our bodies
brains function, and the more capable we are of conceiving ideas,
new concepts and constructing elements that would otherwise have not
By being able to accomplish more we contribute to society, hence the
is improved. We have three choices in life: make things better,
things the same, or let things fall apart. Maintaining the status
quo produces no progress, change, growth or improvement.
atrophy destroys what has been created. Health is the key to
constructive growth, and global survival."
-- Dean Petrich --
Common-Sense Advice for Good Health
Eat right. Make sure you get your daily dose of fruits and veggies.
Take your vitamins and bump up your vitamin c.
Get plenty of exercise because exercise helps build your immune system.
Walk for at least an hour a day, go for a swim, take the stairs instead
of the elevator, etc.
Wash your hands often. If you can't wash them, keep a bottle of
Get lots of fresh air. Open windows whenever possible.
Get plenty of rest.
Try to eliminate as much stress from your life as you can.
Seven Easy Steps
Here now, from the upcoming book 30 Minutes a Day to a Healthy
are seven of the easiest fixes (you can institute one a day until they
become habitual) to slash your risk. (Note: This advice is not designed
to replace regular medical care. You should continue taking any
and maintain a relationship with your doctor.)
1. Start the day right. Choose a breakfast with the highest
count you can find. Studies show that every gram of soluble fiber you
to your diet cuts your LDLs (bad cholesterol) by two points. If you eat
cold cereal for breakfast, switching to a bran cereal packed with 10 g
of fiber can lower your LDLs by 20 points. Don't forget the fresh fruit
for even more healthy fiber.
2. Make the whole-grain switch. Whole grains are filled with
heart protective vitamin E, fiber and antioxidant phytochemicals.
completely from refined to whole grains could cut your heart attack
3. Aim for nine. Forget five a day. Fruits and vegetables are
so crucial, you should aim for nine daily servings. It's easy if you
them into every meal and snack.
4. Get good fats. Even better than going low-fat is eating good
fats. Whether in the form of nuts, olive oil or avocados,
fats help lower LDL "bad" cholesterol... slightly increase HDL "good"
and reduce triglycerides. Use olive oil for scrambling eggs, basting
and flavoring savory dishes. (Caution: Frying or high-temperature
with canola oil transforms the oil into the bad peroxidized compounds
cause heart disease.)
5. Brush up. People with periodontal disease, a chronic
infection of the gums, are nearly twice as likely to have a fatal heart
attack as those with healthy gums. Toxins from the bacteria can
to heart disease. Brush twice a day, floss before bed and use an
mouthwash to protect against the ill effects of plaque.
6. Shhhh. You can't change the world, but you can change your
response to it. Carve out a quiet place in your house where you can
collect your thoughts, listen to some relaxing music and decompress.
more time relaxed instead of stressed can cut your heart disease risk
7. Move. A Harvard study of nearly 40,000 women over the age
of 45 showed that walking, even leisurely, for as little as one hour
week makes you half as likely to have a heart attack or be hospitalized
for heart disease as those who rarely walk. Walk to the mailbox... take
the stairs whenever possible... park in the farthest parking space.
little bit helps. In fact, Johns Hopkins researchers found that people
who snuck small bouts of activity -- parking in the far spots, yard
and walking the dog -- every day achieved the same improvements in
blood pressure and body fat as people who took structured aerobics
More good news: Studies show that walking up two flights of stairs a
can shave off six pounds a year. Take advantage of every little
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