Compare your body to a delicate, finely balanced machine…marvel at its complexities and the wonders of its interconnectedness and sense of innate balance…
Then remember that just like a well crafted machine, your body needs routine maintenance and some preventative ‘tune ups’ along the way to keep it in good running condition.
Tune-ups help ward off disease, aches, and pains, while boosting your energy, and promoting anti-aging.
So, let’s look at the tweaks you can do, to tune-up your health for the long haul.
Meditate, pray, forgive, and breathe. Clarity and calmness are perks of meditation and prayer. People who meditate/pray are typically happier and live longer. People who hold in hostility breathe in less oxygen which lessens your energy and also creates an oxygen deprived environment in which diseases thrive. Many cancers cannot exist in oxygenated environments: oxygenated cells are healthy cells.
Exercising 3 or more times a week reduces the risk of vision loss. Physical activity decreases the inflammation in blood vessel walls that leads to age-related macular degeneration. Even a 15 minute daily walk can help.
Lose the ‘earbuds’, or at least moderate the volume levels of your phone or mp3…the earbud shape increases sound pressure on your ear canal and damages hearing.
Take care of your dental health; periodontal issues related to chronic low-grade infections can adversely affect the health of your heart.
Happiness is the lynch pin of health. Happy people get sick less often and live longer.
Watch out for sugar, especially high fructose corn syrups….these unnecessary calories pack on the pounds and can make your body insulin resistant…which can place you at risk of developing diabetes.
Stop drinking sodas. Even 1 soda/day can cause heart problems.
High blood pressure not only leads to strokes and heart attacks, research is also linking high blood pressure to dementia.
My yoga teachers say, “You are only as young as your spine is flexible.” Flexibility keeps you limber and in balance. Standing up straight sends signals to slow down heart beats and decrease blood pressure.
Stop smoking and stay away from second-hand cigarette smoke. Being in second-hand smoke for a couple of hours is the same as smoking 4 cigarettes…
Studies show that increased waist lines are precursors for problems with diabetes and the heart. Belly fat is largely a product of cortisol, the hormone released under stress…once in place, it’s hard to lose.
Feed yourself high quality proteins, along with vitamins for women, and fibers. Protein assists with lean muscle mass and fiber keeps the digestive system happy. Taking a daily multivitamin has also been determined to promote overall, long-term, good health.
Don’t be afraid of the sun. Short, daily exposure to the sun promotes the natural production of Vitamin D that is necessary for overall health and emotional ease. Give thought to preventing or minimizing wrinkles and use a retinal based moisturizer. Retinol improves skin’s moisture and elasticity, as well as increases collagen production.
Take care of your hardworking feet and toes….massaging acupressure points not only keep feet in good shape, but also help positively stimulate organs and energy meridians.
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