September 2015 ~ The Pillars of Good Health
September 2015 ~ The Pillars of Good Health
The most important ways to stay healthy:
My family doctor says there is another one: good luck, which includes having good genes. My family doctor recently recommended that I share my secrets of good health, since Iím one of his healthiest patients. I didnít learn how to take care of my body overnight and went through a lot before I found what works well for me. No matter how old or young you are, today is the first day of the rest of your life. What you do today determines your future.
Most of us want to live a long and satisfying life. In order to do that, we must remember to take care of the physical body that we are given. Even starting to take care of our body later in life can make a big difference in our longevity and quality of life.
The tips in this article are based on what works for me. If they seem familiar, it is because I have learned from many others and adapted their tips to what works for me.
Each person is unique so each personís diet must consider their own individual needs.
Proper diet means learning what is right for your own body, which may not be what your best friendís needs are. Some people are allergic to certain foods or just donít like them, yet others can eat them with no problems. Some people prefer some foods over others. Learn to trust your body to let you know what it likes and doesnít like.
While a balanced diet gives most of what our body needs, many people take vitamins or other supplements to add what isnít taken in through food.
Most experts agree that the average person does not eat enough vegetables. Your mother was right: "Vegetables are good for you!" Which vegetables are best for you depends on your own individual needs and tastes so read what the "experts" say and work out your own dietary program.
Most experts agree that certain foods and substances are not good for any of us: excessive alcoholic beverages, narcotics, cigarettes, caffeine, over use of sugar and soft drinks, high salt items, etc.
Proper rest means sleeping enough hours so that your body and mind are rested. This is very hard for many people and even if they are in bed, their mind may be active with worries or the problems at their work or personal life.
Learning to manage stress goes a long way toward helping us sleep better. If you are not getting enough rest, find ways to rearrange your schedule so that you can get the rest your body needs.
Tired people are more prone to accidents and are less able to handle the day-to-day stresses that modern life provides. The mind doesn't function as well without proper rest, so your wits are not as sharp, leading to a vicious cycle that is hard to break.
Regular exercise is vital for a healthy body. An average walk of 30 minutes 4 times a week is what is usually recommended. The equivalent can be done at a gym or in other ways. Exercise brings more air into your lungs, which is also needed to keep the brain healthy. Exercise stimulates your heart and keeps it healthy.
Computers can place a great deal of stress on the body if we sit in an office all day. A computer mouse alone can create great stress on the hands, elbows, back and shoulders. If you do a lot of computer work, consider alternatives such as a track ball or touch pad that reduces stress on the body. I was amazed at how much better my body felt by making that simple change a couple years ago.
Getting up and moving regularly is also important for anyone who regularly uses a computer in their work or play. There are plenty of resources available to learn about good computer ergonomics.
Managing weight is also important since the more weight our body has to carry, the more stress is placed on the heart, lungs and legs.
While some stress comes as part of our busy society, a great deal of stress is self-generated by worrying about things unnecessarily and worrying about things that we have no control over. Anger and frustration take a huge toll on the body by producing acids that are not healthy, effectively turning the body on itself in harmful ways.
A few things can be done to manage stress:
Bottom Line: Accept responsibility for your own life and your own health. No one else can live your life for you and no one else is responsible for your life. Only you can make your life what you want it to be. Make a promise to yourself today to start taking better care of yourself. If you do, some day you can be the healthiest patient your doctor has.
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