- Take toxins seriously! Read the labels. Even when used in small amounts, these do add up and combine with other bad stuff. Use natural chemical –free products whenever possible (household cleaning, sunscreen, bug spray, makeup, toothpaste, lawncare, etc.)
- Eat more vegetables. You know your are supposed to, but they only really help if you actually do! I am growing my own in a raised bed, only 3 x 9’ and there is no weeding (resource listed at end).
- Chew your food, get enough sleep, and drink lots of water. Yes, Mom J. Who knew those annoying things you heard growing up really were important? When you chew, you create more enzymes which helps with digestion with helps prevent many symptoms including allergies. Your body heals while it sleeps during specific cycles. If you do not get a good sleep or enough sleep you disrupt the healing process and place more of a strain on your organs. And the water, it is recommended that you drink ½ your weight in water every day (but not with meals). That flushes out the bad stuff and hydrates your tissues so they can absorb the good stuff.
- Eat less. If your body is getting what it needs then it doesn’t need a lot of empty calories. Limited (but safe) caloric intake has been linked to longer life
- Slow down. This was a particularly hard one for me to accept. But rushing around all the time and constantly multi-tasking wears out the body. Two animals that live the longest are the Elephant and the turtle . . .
- Relax. Much research has been done about relaxation and deep breathing and how important is for our overall health. Several times a day, it is good to take a couple of slow deep (expand your stomach) breathes thru your nose, hold for a few seconds and exhale slowly through your month.
- Take QUALITY vitamin supplements. In theory, no one would need these if they were eating enough of the right foods, absorbing enough sunshine and their bodies were producing enough of the right enzymes, etc. In reality, the soil quality in the last 50 years has been so depleted that to get the nutrients of one serving of spinach back then, you would have to eat 12 today! As we age (prematurely from above mentioned toxins) we produce fewer enzymes and because many of us don’t have the luxury to spend a lot of time outside, or cover ourselves with sunscreen when we do, we don’t get enough vitamin D (really important for disease prevention). A quality supplement is one that is one that is whole-food based and therefore absorbable by the body. Most over-the-counter vitamin supplements are synthetic and while they contain the vitamins they claim, cannot be absorbed and used by the body. Complete waste of money!
- Fish oil. Most people (and animals) can greatly benefit from fish oil, but it’s really important to get quality supplements. These are not regulated and many come from contaminated fish or are heated during their process or contain artificial fillers making them non-absorbable.