The best ways to maintain good health are natural. By making simple lifestyle changes, within days you can start to look better, feel better, think better, have more energy, lose weight, help protect yourself from heart disease, diabetes and cancer (our number one killers) and slow down your aging process to live a longer, happier, healthier life. So why not do it?
There are 10,000 ways to die. But Americans tend to choose the same four over and over again. The word “choose” is deliberate, because most Americans are choosing a suicidal lifestyle. “Poor diet, excess body weight, physical inactivity and smoking,” Dr. Augustus Grant, president of the American Heart Association (AHA), says, “are modifiable risk factors that contribute to the premature death of close to 1.5 million Americans each year.”
Yet, millions of Americans continue to veg-out on the couch, eat junk food and smoke. So, if you want to get healthy and stay healthy, you need to act as if your life depended on it. Because it does.
Commit to an eating plan that’s low in calories and high in nutrition. Eat more broiled fish, chicken and low fat dairy and at least five to nine daily servings of colorful fruits and vegetables without the butter, cream and other fatty sauces and dressings. Eliminate refined carbohydrates - high glycemic sugars, white bread, flour, pasta, cakes, cookies, pies and pastries. Switch to sprouted and whole grain breads and pasta.
Start a regular exercise program. It doesn’t have to be high tech, high cost or high competition. If you’re out of shape, start slowly. Begin with a walk around the block. People who walk at least two hours a week at a 3-mph pace reduce their risk of death from heart disease by 34% and of all diseases by 39%. Those who walk 3 to 4 hours a week cut their risk of death by half.
If you smoke, stop. Smoking, which is linked to cancer of the lung, mouth, stomach, pancreas and bladder, is the number one avoidable health risk in the world. Smokers have four times the risk for heart disease and twice the risk of stroke. Smoking also wrinkles skin and yellows teeth, making smokers look older.
Even if you’re doing everything else right, the American Medical Association recommends everyone take a daily vitamin/mineral supplement to be sure you get all the nutrititional elements you need to be healthy. Choose a program that uses natural human-food sources, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. My highest recommendation can be found at www.feel-better.info.
Changing current habits may seem challenging at first, but once you make health a priority, other things become less important. Good health is a blessing with priceless benefits, and your investment of time, energy and mental focus will soon pay off richly.
You can check out my recommendation for human-food sourced supplements at www.feel-better.info and learn about their guaranteed “Feel Better” program.
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