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9 Steps to Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle

healthy_lifestyleBy Michelle Jones-Nelson

Think you’re leading a healthy lifestyle? Aside from occasionally veering off the path, most of us think we do a fair job of maintaining our health with good (or at least OK) eating habits and physical activity whenever we manage to fit it in. But is that enough to be considered “healthy?”

According to a recent study, very few adults actually meet the criteria for a healthy lifestyle. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, showed that only 3% of American adults got a perfect score on what the authors say are the four basic criteria for healthy living. Just 13.8% met three of the criteria; 34.2% met only two criteria. Women scored slightly better than men.

While those four habits are indisputably important for a healthy lifestyle, some may argue that more factors should be taken into consideration. What would be on your list?

Just for fun, I came up with my own personal top 10 list of healthy behaviors (beyond the four basics) that contribute to wellness and satisfaction with one’s lifestyle:

  1. • Brush and floss daily to keep your teeth and gums healthy and free of disease. 
  2. • Get a good night’s rest. Well-rested people not only cope better with stress, but may also have better control of their appetites. Research has shown that a lack of sleep can put our “hunger hormones” out of balance — and possibly trigger overeating. 
  3. • Enjoy regular family meals. This allows parents to serve as good role models, can promote more nutritious eating, and sets the stage for lively conversations. Being connected to family and/or friends is a powerful aspect of a healthy life. 
  4. • Smile and laugh out loud several times a day. It keeps you grounded, and helps you cope with situations that would otherwise make you crazy. Read the comics, watch a sitcom, or tell jokes to bring out those happy feelings. 
  5. • Meditate, pray, or otherwise find solace for at least 10-20 minutes each day. Contemplation is good for your soul, helps you cope with the demands of daily life, and may even help lower your blood pressure. 
  6. • Get a pedometer and let it motivate you to walk, walk, walk. Forget about how many minutes of activity you need; just do everything you can to fit more steps into your day. No matter how you get it, physical activity can help defuse stress, burn calories, and boost self-esteem. 
  7. • Stand up straight. You’ll look 5 pounds lighter if you stand tall and tighten your abdominal muscles. Whenever you walk, think “tall and tight” to get the most out of the movement. 
  8. • Try yoga. The poses help increase strength and flexibility and improve balance. These are critical areas for older folks especially, and both men and women can benefit. 
  9. • Last but not least, have a positive attitude. Do your best to look at life as if “the glass is half full.” You must believe in yourself, have good support systems, and think positively (“I think I can, I think I can?”) to succeed.


It’s All about You
Your list of healthy lifestyle behaviors may be different from mine. The most important thing to remember is that you can make a difference in your health and well-being. Take charge of your life, and be mindful of small behavior changes that can make your lifestyle a
healthier one.
 

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5 Surprising Health Benefits of Turmeric You Didn’t Know

 

turmericThe medicinal properties of turmeric have been slowly revealed over hundreds of years. It has been long known for its anti-inflammatory properties.  Recently research has shown that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.

 

1. First Aid:  A natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.  Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and anti-baterical agent which disinfects wounds from the minute you apply it and promotes faster healing. It is also amazing at stoping a wound from bleeding, sprinkling dry turmeric to a bleeding wound instantly clots the blood and help promote regeneration of news cells which help close the wound quicker. It is also has analgesic action which relieves pain. Turmeric acts as an antibiotic which prevents infection from E. Coli, staphylococcus and bacillus.

 

2. Anti-cancer:  When combined with cauliflower, it has been shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer. It may prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to die. It reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.  It may prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.  Turmeric can boost the effects of the chemo drug paclitaxel and reduce its side effects.  Also, promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer and in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.  It has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

 

3. Body cleanser:  Turmeric is a natural liver detoxifier, may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing plaque buildup in the brain, is a potent natural anti-inflammatory .

 

4. Brighten Teeth:  Former Miss USA Susie Castillo swears by her recipe for homemade toothpaste, which includes turmeric powder. Although turmeric is known for its staining prowess, it is commonly (if not counter-intuitively) used to whiten teeth – presumably it’s not in contact with the enamel long enough to change the color.

 

5. Reduce Sprain Swelling:  A traditional homeopathic sprain treatment involves making a paste using one part salt and two parts turmeric and enough water to make it spreadable. Apply to the affected joint and wrap in an old cloth that you don’t mind staining. Leave on for 20 minutes to an hour, once a day. (Don’t do this on body parts that can be seen; you don’t want a temporary yellow tinge!) Also of note: the University of Maryland Medical Center suggests taking turmeric to help reduce sprain swelling and makes the effect of bromelain (an anti-inflammatory derived from pineapple enzymes) stronger. Take 250 to 500 milligrams (mg) each of turmeric and bromelain, three times a day between meals.

 

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5 Tips for Building Stronger Bones

bonesSTRONGAt least 10 million Americans are estimated to have osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Association. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, making them thinner and more fragile. Although the disease affects more women than men, at least 2 million men in this country suffer from osteoporosis. Worldwide, the disease affects one in three women over the age of 50, and one in five men. Despite multiple risk factors, you can take steps to lower your risk and maintain healthy bones as you grow older.


 Instructions

1.      Consume enough calcium in your daily diet. The recommended daily requirement for adult men and women between the ages of 19 and 50 is 1,000mg a day. After age 50, increase calcium intake to 1,200mg per day. Food sources rich in calcium include green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grains and almond milk.

2.      Develop healthy lifestyle habits. Smoking cigarettes or other tobacco products can weaken your bones. Drinking too much alcohol can do the same. Limit alcohol consumption to no more than one or two drinks each day.

3.      Lift weights. Aim for completing fewer repetitions lifting heavier weights; this provides more effective resistance. You do not need to use equipment like resistance bands, dumbbells or weight machines. Sit-ups and push-ups are weight-resistance exercises.

4.      Incorporate weight-bearing exercises into your workout routine. Walking is a practical, low-impact, weight-bearing exercise that can help you maintain strong bones. You lose bone mass when you decrease your physical activity, so keep moving for stronger bones.

5.      Take calcium and Vitamin D supplements if you do not get enough of these essential nutrients from food. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, however, aging can cause Vitamin D deficiency. Your doctor can recommend the right nutritional supplements for your needs.

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Wanna Live Longer? Start Singing!

singingResearch has found that singing in a choir may enhance mental and emotional well-being and social connections. In fact, researchers in Sweden found that singing improved heart health; they noted that the heart rates of singers slowly became synchronized, eventually beating as one. It doesn’t get much more poetic that that.

Now a new study being conducted at the University of California San Francisco hopes to determine if singing can actually lead to a longer, healthier life.

The researchers have created 12 new choirs in senior centers across the bay area. Singing volunteers were all tested for things like balance and leg strength before the program began, and will be tested again at the end.

Among other things, researchers for the UCSF study explain that singing seems to be good for balance.

“Older adults who sing in a choir actually fall less and could potentially have stronger lower body strength,” said Julene Johnson, UCSF Institute for Health and Aging.

As well, exercising the vocal chords can be good for the lungs.

“Up to maybe 30 percent of older adults complain of having shortness of breath, so it is possible that singing in a choir can help work the respiratory system and help improve breathing,” said Johnson.

Although the findings from the UCSF study won’t be released until 2017, famed English musician, composer, record producer and singer Brian Eno has weighed in on the topic already.

Having started an a cappella group with friends and finding immeasurable benefit from it, Eno wrote in an essay for NPR, “A recent long-term study conducted in Scandinavia sought to discover which activities related to a healthy and happy later life. Three stood out: camping, dancing and singing.”

He added, “I believe that singing is the key to long life, a good figure, a stable temperament, increased intelligence, new friends, super self-confidence, heightened sexual attractiveness and a better sense of humor.”

Promptly direct us to the choir, please.

 

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6 Ways Being a Vegetarian can Save You Money

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Dropping meat isn’t for everyone, though many vegetarians swear by a meat-free diet for improved health. But the benefits don’t end with improved health and less animal cruelty. For those who are on the fence about living a meat-free lifestyle, there is evidence that going without animal products could not only benefit your health, but also save you money.

Despite the notion that eating more vegetables could get expensive, when you are substituting those vegetables for meat, it’s actually a money-saver. There are several ways that reducing or eliminating meat from your diet could save you money.

Here are 6 ways being a vegetarian could cost you less financially:

1. Vegetables are less expensive than the least expensive cuts of meat. It doesn’t take a financial planner or math whiz to find that produce is less expensive than meat, pound for pound. Yes, the best vegetables can get expensive, but it’s nothing like the “best” cuts of meat.

2. Growing your own doesn’t take a farming operation. Unlike growing your own meat, growing your own vegetables and fruit can be done in limited space and just a few dollars of start-up. Gardening is a money-saver in itself. According to the National Gardening Association, the average gardening family invests about $70 per year and grows an estimated $600 worth of produce, a huge return on their investment.

3. Vegetables and fruits can be preserved. While there are methods of preserving meat (jerky, for instance), canning vegetables and fruit is not only simple but very budget-friendly. Even freezing vegetables at the peak of the season will leave you with fresh flavors throughout the year.

4. You can compost your vegetable waste. If, by chance, your vegetables go bad before you get a chance to use them, you can throw them on the compost pile. You can’t do that with meat. Also, the pieces you cut off or don’t eat (think apple cores, banana peels, etc.) can all be recycled in the compost pile.

5. Non-perishable protein sources last longer than meat. Unless you have a deep freeze, you can’t exactly stock up on meat because it will go bad before you have a chance to eat it. Plant-based proteins like beans and legumes, however, are not only inexpensive, but they last indefinitely when dried.

6. Save on medical costs. While meat-eaters are quick to tell you that eating meat isn’t all unhealthy, eating a vegetarian diet is tied to lower rates of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.
If you are adamant about eating meat, make sure you are conscientious about your food choices. Not all meat is created equal. But if you’ve considered going vegetarian, the financial benefits are only one more reason to make the change.

 

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