Good Health Takes Effort

We live in a health-conscious country, yet our consumption of processed foods and beverages has driven obesity out of control. Adult diseases such as diabetes are appearing in our children and there seems to be a growing impression that being overweight is not as harmful to health. Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m fat, but fit”? Nothing could be further from the truth.

Overcoming obesity and overeating are not easy tasks. It takes a lot of effort to break bad eating habits, but it can be done. There is no one solution or diet that works for everyone, however, there are some general guidelines that will make a dramatic difference in the health of almost everyone.

  1. Eliminate sugar, soda and fried foods. Eliminating these three on a daily basis can help you lose 20 extra pounds in a very short time. Plus, it will help prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, plaque formation, stroke, heart attack and blood flow blockages.
  2. Make sure you are getting enough Omega-3s (Essential Fatty Acids) by eating fish, ground flax seeds, pumpkin oils and black currant seeds that contain linolenic acid.
  3. Don’t forget the Omega 9’s, another essential fat found in olives, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, avocados and a variety of nuts such as macadamia and cashews. Nuts are one of the best sources of natural vitamin E and are good sources of magnesium and potassium. They contain the amino acid arginine, which the body uses to make nitric oxide. Nitric oxide improves blood flow to the heart and acts as a powerful antioxidant.
  4. Eat your fruits and vegetables – they can dramatically change your body’s nutrient levels and increase your antioxidant activity. 5. Eat sweet potatoes instead of a baked potato, add blueberries to your oatmeal or morning shake. Fill half your plate with vegetables or leafy greens.
  5. L-cysteine is a very effective antioxidant and the benefits come from its sulfur content. Egg yolks are the best source of this sulfur, but you can also get sulfur from garlic, onions, and corn. Sulfur is a great remedy for any skin or hair condition, and arthritis. Enjoy 2 eggs a day and include cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and kale.
  6. Exercise – you need to be in good physical condition and people who have little muscle strength are more likely to fall or break a bone. Do what you can to stay active and maintain muscle strength by doing weight-bearing exercises. There are 3 exercises you can do that will work all areas of your body from head to toe. They are push ups, squats and stretches. You can join a gym or fitness center and it will be worth it.

The point is that you have to include whole, unprocessed foods every day. The key is to start now and be consistent with your efforts. Take one step at a time from the list above and then add another to your routine. Eat more colorful, dark green foods and take a good quality multivitamin every day.

Many of us depend on technology to solve our health problems and this has caused us to lose sight of the basics of good health. Our children are aging prematurely and diseases appear at a much younger age. Medications do not prevent disease, but people can, by taking steps to take care of their own health. I wish you brilliant good health, always!

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