Creating a lifestyle of health begins with making choices that will allow your body to perform optimally, avoid disease and live as healthy as possible with abundant energy and improved physical appearance. Brush twice a day – Poor dental health is a direct link to heart disease. Brushing and flossing regularly helps prevent the accumulation of bacteria that breakdown the enamel of the teeth causing dental caries, and cause gum disease.
Stress Management – Yes, stress can be managed. Along with positive thoughts, and an optimistic outlook, spend time each day doing something you enjoy. Soaking in a hot tub, walking on the beach or at the park, reading for fun. Exercise daily – Exercise for strength, flexibility, improved metabolism, digestion, and stress relief. It protects the bones, joints, and increases oxygen to the heart and lungs. Helps remove toxins and waste from the body. Challenge yourself to find ways to be more active. Climb stairs instead of taking escalators or elevators. Walk the dog, run around with your kids, tossing balls, and mow the lawn. Anything that moves you counts. Try exercising for 30 45 minutes every day, consistency counts. Remember we are ruled by the habits we establish. Cut out the bad fats – which are harmful to the heart, lungs, and immune system. Avoid fried foods, hamburgers, and all fatty meats such as pork, bacon, ham, salami, ribs, sausage, and chicken wings. Sandwich meats, mayonnaise, margarine, and full-fat dairy products such as cheese, cottage cheese, milk and cream. Select low fat options. Enjoy un-salted, and un-sweetened nuts, and real butter in moderation.
Don’t Smoke, and avoid 2nd hand smoke, which causes – breathing problems, allergies, heart attack, stroke, leathery skin, many types of cancer, and increases infant mortality. Not to mention smelly clothes, skin, and hair.
Eat fresh, clean, food. – Clean, fresh organic food is the way to go. A diet filled with a variety of colorful fruits and veggies, not only offers vitamins, minerals, fiber, and flavor, but also powerful phytonutrients. These colorful plant chemicals help the body fight disease, and help slow the signs of aging. Choosing different colors also helps you get the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables your body needs every day for good health. Adding nuts, whole grains, seeds, and wild fish; you have the diet of persons who live in splendid health and full of years. Sleep at night – Regular, quality sleep at night is critical to maintaining and restoring health. Good sleep is promoted by avoiding stimulants such as tea, coffee and alcohol, afternoon naps and exercising too close to bedtime. Eat and exercise at least 3 hours before retiring. Create a relaxing environment with soothing music and a coolish temperature. Go to bed at the same time and arise at the same time, each day.
These basic tips can put you on the road to creating a healthy lifestyle, and as new habits set in, life becomes more of what we want, and less of what we don’t want. We each control our own destiny, by the choices we make. The Word says to “make a difference between the clean and the unclean”, we can apply this in many areas of our lives, not only in our food and environmental choices, and be a witness to how much better our lives become.