Most of us define health in terms of how we feel, how our bodies function, or what we are capable of doing. Sooner or later most of us desire More of it. Some of us spend enormous amounts of energy struggling with our health and for others it seems to come natural.
Some of us are born with or acquire huge complicated health problems like hearts which need valves or immune systems gone awry.
Usually clean chemical free water and plenty of pesticide free vegetables, quality proteins, and other natural foods go a long way toward keeping us healthy.
Parkinson’s is an epidemic and exposure to certain chemicals can cause Parkinson’s. So avoid them.
Vaccinations are associated with lower rates of chicken pox and and whooping cough. And higher rates of ear infections, pneumonia, allergies, eczema, learning disability, ADHD, Autism Spectral Disorder, Neuro Developmental issues, and chronic illness. Consider your child’s vaccine schedule wisely.
Strong fast healing muscles should take the brunt of any accidents we’re involved in, protecting underlying joints.
In many instances it’s the choices and decisions we make which have the greatest impact on our health. Here’s what I like to tell people:
1. Exercise: Have you heard that ‘sitting is the new smoking?’ We need to use our bodies way they are meant to be used. 150 years ago over half of us in this country lived on farms which involved a LOT of physical work. And in some countries a more agrarian society still exists. Imagine the exercise a goat herder receives. Those of us who are blessed to have a less physically demanding jobs use walks and gyms. Humans are tough and capable of of lot. A lot more than sitting all day. However, if we are overweight or getting old, running may not be the best idea. But most everyone can do ‘pool’ therapy at their local YMCA. Or some strength training with weights. Be leery of overly enthusiastic personal trainers or Crossfit programs which Will Hurt You.
2. Vegetables. Make non-starchy vegetables the foundation of your diet, the base of your pyramid. Keep searching until you find something you enjoy. Have the bulk of your diet be vegetables and then add in savory proteins. Pretend you are eating like your ancestors did 200 years ago (longer for Europeans who have been eating refined food for so long). For example, if you have Vietnamese heritage, try to discover and then eat the types of food your great great great great grandmother did in Vietnam. Clue: They didn’t have plentiful refined starch or sugar.
3. Maintain weight. Maintain a weight which enables you to be physically active without putting undue stress on your knees and feet and that which allows you to at least walk up a hill without too much huffing and puffing. If you can’t figure out the how satisfy your appetite so you can control weight, get help from a nutritional (or psychological) specialist. If you are an adult, be leery of trying to solve a weight problem with only exercise. With each decade of your life, expect to need to get more mature with your dietary perspectives (not the other way around). Get educated.
4. Blood pressure & blood sugar. Watch your blood pressure and sugar levels just as fastidiously as you do your vehicles oil pressure and coolant temperature. Be sure your doctor takes borderline high measurements as seriously as they should. High levels of these two things accelerate aging and problems in the body. Either could be caused by things which can be improved with diet (Mediterranean diet) and exercise, for example, or by something more difficult which requires a technical medical procedure.
5. Back pain. Here’s a secret: Almost everyone who works 10-12 hour shifts of warehouse work experiences pain in their: Feet, knees, hips, low back, upper back, neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists. Almost everyone who sits all day for commuting and working has back tension. Working like a slave requires more rest. Sitting all day requires an enormous amount of exercise to counter negative affects. Think of yourself like an NFL athlete: The older you get the more therapeutic exercise you’ll need to keep going.
6. Aging. Never stop exercising and eating the best you can because it you do, your Brain will pay the price. Playing the part of the rocking chair grandma accelerates dementia. As does too much sugar in a diet. It sneaks up on us! Remember, there are probably people a lot worse off than you who are going to the YMCA and getting ‘pool therapy’. Or dance. You can do this too.
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