This is a "what has worked very, very well for me" article. Reasons I wish to share these tips include: (1) for the last 15 years I have not been sick or experienced more than a slight cold, nor do I take any prescription medications; (2) I have a lot of friends, both older and younger than me, who have suffered from many illnesses and diseases. I believe that if my friends would follow similar health practices that I do, many would see improved results in their own health; and (3) the internet provides me with an opportunity to share this information, without anyone feeling obligated to read it or to utilize my suggestions.
I do not claim to have all the answers or practice the "perfect" diet and exercise plan. I realize that a person's genetic inheritance and environment can also influence a person's health. However, I believe that most people would benefit by implementing suggestions in this article.
Here is a PLAN for generally pretty good health, as I see it.
1. Prevention is a lot better than a cure. Living a healthy lifestyle is a lot easier than trying to get over any kind of disease.
2. Balanced living is important. Not all work, not all play. Not too much stress. Some meaningful socializing, but also meaningful time alone with God. Some service to doing good and helping others, but not so much as to consume all your quality time with God, your family and your friends.
3. Eating habits. Lots of fruits & vegetables. Raw foods everyday. Leaf lettuce and Romaine are much healthier than head lettuce. Raw foods are important as they add enzymes that assist in digestion. Several helpings of fruits and veggies daily will help your health.
4. Good elimination daily. Consume plenty of fiber and drink plenty of water.
5. Not overweight. Take a good digestive enzyme supplement. It will help you digest your food. Older people especially would benefit from this since they may have more problems with digestion. Also, raw fruits and vegetables are low in calories and aid digestion. Do not eat a lot of refined carbohydrates, such as sugar, white bread, white spaghetti, etc. Go sparingly on those high-calorie desserts.
6. Get adequate exercise. If you have an office job, you will have to work harder at this than someone who naturally exercises as part of his job.
7. Get adequate sleep at night, at least 7 or 8 hours for most people. Sleep in the dark, complete darkness if possible.
8. Detoxify. We are exposed to many toxins throughout our lives. Exhaust fumes, cleaning supplies, mercury (dental amalgams), lead, aluminum, parasites, etc. Fortunately, our bodies do get rid of most toxins. However, we don't throw off all toxins, and over the years, toxins will build up. It is important to eliminate toxins since a build-up of them can contribute to a host of diseases.
9. Take good quality vitamin and mineral supplements. Generally, we don't get everything we need from foods. High quality supplements can help in preventing illness and disease.
A real health nut or nutritionist may wish to add to or take away from the above list. One thing about good health and nutrition…even the best experts in the country will not agree on everything. Plus, when it comes to diet and exercise, "one shoe does not fit all." Though I still work for a living, I am at an age where many people are retired and I believe that I have learned a few things about a healthy lifestyle. Some of those things have been shared with you in this article.
Wishing you the very best of health!
By Judy Thompson
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