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Your health is the most important thing for you to keep.


    "Health is a growing concern for everyone.  If we don't have our health, we don't have much else.  The average lifespan today is fifteen years longer than it used to be, which means that babies born today will be living to be over 100 years old.  This fact alone makes it imperative that we focus on our health over the long term.  This of course means proper nutrition, sleep and exercise, but it also involves developing and maintain a positive, constructive and healthy attitude towards not just our own bodies and immediate lives, but towards the world as well.  Health is all-inclusive.  Every tiny detail of our being, from what we eat to how we think, contributes to how well we are.  The healthier we are, the better our bodies and brains function, and the more capable we are of conceiving ideas, creating new concepts and constructing elements that would otherwise have not existed. By being able to accomplish more we contribute to society, hence the world is improved.  We have three choices in life: make things better, keep things the same, or let things fall apart.  Maintaining the status quo produces no progress, change, growth or improvement.  Allowing atrophy destroys what has been created.  Health is the key to development, constructive growth, and global survival."

--  Dean Petrich --

Common-Sense Advice for Good Health
  • Eat right. Make sure you get your daily dose of fruits and veggies.
  • Take your vitamins and bump up your vitamin c.
  • Get plenty of exercise because exercise helps build your immune system.
  • Walk for at least an hour a day, go for a swim, take the stairs instead of the elevator, etc.
  • Wash your hands often. If you can't wash them, keep a bottle of antibacterial stuff around.
  • Get lots of fresh air. Open windows whenever possible.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Try to eliminate as much stress from your life as you can.

Seven Easy Steps

Here now, from the upcoming book 30 Minutes a Day to a Healthy Heart, are seven of the easiest fixes (you can institute one a day until they become habitual) to slash your risk. (Note: This advice is not designed to replace regular medical care. You should continue taking any medications and maintain a relationship with your doctor.)

1. Start the day right. Choose a breakfast with the highest fiber count you can find. Studies show that every gram of soluble fiber you add to your diet cuts your LDLs (bad cholesterol) by two points. If you eat cold cereal for breakfast, switching to a bran cereal packed with 10 g of fiber can lower your LDLs by 20 points. Don't forget the fresh fruit for even more healthy fiber.
2. Make the whole-grain switch. Whole grains are filled with heart protective vitamin E, fiber and antioxidant phytochemicals. Switching completely from refined to whole grains could cut your heart attack risk by 30%.
3. Aim for nine. Forget five a day. Fruits and vegetables are so crucial, you should aim for nine daily servings. It's easy if you sneak them into every meal and snack.
4. Get good fats. Even better than going low-fat is eating good fats. Whether in the form of nuts, olive oil or avocados, monounsaturated fats help lower LDL "bad" cholesterol... slightly increase HDL "good" cholesterol... and reduce triglycerides. Use olive oil for scrambling eggs, basting meats and flavoring savory dishes. (Caution: Frying or high-temperature cooking with canola oil transforms the oil into the bad peroxidized compounds that cause heart disease.)
5. Brush up. People with periodontal disease, a chronic bacterial infection of the gums, are nearly twice as likely to have a fatal heart attack as those with healthy gums. Toxins from the bacteria can contribute to heart disease. Brush twice a day, floss before bed and use an antibacterial mouthwash to protect against the ill effects of plaque.
6. Shhhh. You can't change the world, but you can change your response to it. Carve out a quiet place in your house where you can escape, collect your thoughts, listen to some relaxing music and decompress. Spending more time relaxed instead of stressed can cut your heart disease risk in half.
7. Move. A Harvard study of nearly 40,000 women over the age of 45 showed that walking, even leisurely, for as little as one hour per week makes you half as likely to have a heart attack or be hospitalized for heart disease as those who rarely walk. Walk to the mailbox... take the stairs whenever possible... park in the farthest parking space. Every little bit helps. In fact, Johns Hopkins researchers found that people who snuck small bouts of activity -- parking in the far spots, yard work and walking the dog -- every day achieved the same improvements in fitness, blood pressure and body fat as people who took structured aerobics classes. More good news: Studies show that walking up two flights of stairs a day can shave off six pounds a year. Take advantage of every little opportunity to move.

These lifestyle practices aren't so hard, are they?

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