7 Ways To Get Healthy Today

Being healthy is not just about eating the right foods and exercising. Granted, those are two of the biggest elements which contribute to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

But, there are other factors which can ensure every part of your body — including your mental state — is in tip top condition.

I want to share with you my strategies for making yourself healthier

7 Ways To Get Healthy Today

1. Eat Right and Exercise
Let’s get the obvious ones out of the way first. Eating the right foods and exercising will not only make you look good on the outside, but it will make you feel good on the inside, too.

This is because exercising in particular increases oxygen to your muscles and encourages blood flow. This helps lower blood pressure, cholesterol and strengthens your heart, which results in longevity, and improves overall cardiovascular health.

Exercising and eating right also helps to improve your appearance and produces endorphins (chemicals in the brain that make your feel happy). This can help you to have more confidence, and prevents you from participating in self-destructing behavior.

These are all qualities needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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2. Drink Water
You also need to make sure you are drinking plenty of water, up to the standard 8 glasses per day, but preferably more.

Water is truly the miracle beverage, and should not be dismissed or replaced by other beverages, especially caffeinated, carbonated drinks, which can make you feel bloated and dehydrated.

Your body, which is typically compromised of 55 and 75 percent water, needs to maintain a good level of water in the system to function optimally. Water prevents dehydration, however when you are dehydrated it depletes your energy, and can make you feel lethargic.

When your body is in this fragile state you are more prone to dizziness, headaches, and fatigue. Water also works to flush out harmful toxins and pollutants in your body, which can make you sick.

3. Avoid Vices
Smoking and drinking alcohol can have several harmful effects on your body.

Smoking can prevent sufficient oxygen flow to your muscles and brain, and can reduce the blood flow as well. Alcohol is full of calories, and can lead to weight gain over time.

These vices will also slow you down and make you feel more sluggish.

4. Get Some Rest
Getting the proper 6 to 8 hours of sleep is also extremely important for a healthy, balanced life.

Studies show that sleep is linked to strengthening your immune system, and repairing damage caused by stress, it can also help to prevent low mood, amongst other health benefits.

Getting a good nights also helps with losing weight — researchers suggest those who sleep less typically carry more weight.

5. Enjoy The Sunshine
Another way to drastically improve your health, is to get a good amount of sun exposure to boost your vitamin D levels.

Vitamin D helps to strengthen your bones, and is thought to help prevent certain types of cancers, as well as heart disease, and diabetes. Vitamin D has also been linked to preventing mental illnesses, like schizophrenia.

Melanie adds
To help build up your vitamin D reserves, some researchers suggest:

  • 5 to 30 minutes of sun exposure, at least two times per week — depending on skin type, season, time of day, etc.
  • Between 11am and 3pm
  • Exposing face, arms, legs, or back, without sunscreen

But, if you spend a lot of your day indoors, or you’d rather not expose your skin to the sunshine, you need to make sure you are getting some good sources of vitamin D into your diet, or disucuss taking a vitamin D supplement with your GP.

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6. Hug Someone
You may be against public displays of affection, but studies show that hugging a loved one can help to reduce both blood pressure and your heart rate.

This can have significant benefits over other serious health issues, such as heart disease and stress.

So, now you’ve got an excuse to give someone you love a big squeeze ;-)

7. Keep Your Brain Active
One of the best ways to make yourself healthier is to keep your brain healthy. And, the easiest way to do that is to make sure your brain is constantly active and stimulated — meaning, don’t let it turn to mush!

Instead, participate in memorization games, or games which really require that you use your noggin, such as crossword puzzles and Sudoku.

It’s also a good idea to read books or study old school materials. You can even consider enrolling in a community college class, or one online for self-enrichment purposes.

This is a guest post from Tara Miller

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About Tara Miller
This article was submitted by Tara Miller, who regularly writes for Psychology Degree.  She especially loves hearing back from her readers. Questions or comments can be sent to: miller.tara23@gmail.com.


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cathy in NZ March 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm

You need to adopt a postive attitude as well

And admit that you fell of the wagon but you are going to get right back up again

Maybe not today but definitely within a few days…

If something doesn’t work well, drop it off meantime…it might be that you need to be sure about something else before you put ‘it’ back into the personal pipeline

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Melanie April 8, 2011 at 9:07 am

Couldn’t have said it better myself, Cathy. Thank you :-)

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Glenn April 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm

#6 as if I need an excuse to give my wife a hug!!!

:)

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Melanie April 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

lol Glenn :-)

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Glenn April 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Seriously though…these are great tips :)

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Alex@luxury kuala lumpur hotel April 4, 2011 at 11:30 am

These tips are simply great ! Diet and exercise are equally important if you want to maintain a good weight. Addition to that fresh fruit & vegetable juice is also a good idea

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Melanie April 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Thanks, Alex.

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Julie Harrison April 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I really enjoyed this article and it has great tips! I tend to be sleep deprived…stay up to late doing stuff. I’ve been making myself get more sleep and it’s made a huge positive difference in my energy level!

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Melanie April 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Hi Julie,
I’m so glad you’ve noticed the benefits. That’s really great. Have you been doing this for long now?

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Ricky April 12, 2011 at 9:23 am

Hi, these are great tips.

Here are additional ones which may be useful:

1. Watch one sitcom each day – Laughter is very important for relaxation and for feeling great.

2. Reduce stress with yoga or meditation – Stress can lead to overeating and weight gain so it’s very important to limit its effect.

3. Make sure to settle all arguments with loved ones and friends before going to bed. You want quality sleep.

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Melanie April 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Hi Ricky,
Thanks for sharing your tips, great advice. I don’t have a TV though… so what do you suggest? :-)

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Albert Lim@spa in kl May 1, 2011 at 8:59 am

Very nice tips. Other than the above it is always a good idea to choose something that you enjoy doing in your free time. For example if you enjoy the type of exercise your chances of continuing it over the long term increases. Same way always try to do something which interests you personally & it will always make you happy & healthy.

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The Healthy Way! December 11, 2013 at 3:31 am

How To Relive Joint Pain, The Healthy Way!
Posted on December 6, 2013
Many people suffer from chronic joint pain.

Back in the late 1990′s I was working as a Paramedic here in the U.S.
One day I was on a call for a person having chest pain and shortness of breath.
Little did I know when my partner and I received, that my life was about to change!

That day I was injured on that call. While removing this patient from her
house, she was on the cot, the steps from her porch gave way.

Her and the cot, equipment came crashing down one me. My left rotator cuff was tore and my left knee’s meniscus was torn in two and the
A.C.L was torn.

Knee

Shoulder A.C.L

Relieving joint pain with prescribed painkillers.

So even though it’s been many, many years ago, I still have issues from pain
in my left knee. I have tried many different pain killers for the pain, both
prescribed from the Doctor.

The fact of the matter that any prescribed medication is a hazard to your health!
There are some may side affects to these medication that many times the side
affects are worse than the pain that you are trying to get comfort from.

Natural Supplements for Joint Pain.

I have used many different brands of Glucosamine Chondroitin.
I have found that this supplement has help with my joint pain.

Here is some information on Glucosamine Chondroitin.

Glucosamine is a natural chemical compound found in the body.
As a supplement, glucosamine is most often used to try to ease the joint pain caused by arthritis.

WHY DO PEOPLE TAKE GLUCOSAMINE FOR JOINT PAIN?

Glucosamine helps keep the cartilage in joints healthy.

But natural glucosamine levels drop as people age.
This can lead to gradual deterioration of the joint.

There’s some evidence that glucosamine sulfate supplements help counteract this effect, although experts aren’t sure exactly how they
work. Specifically, glucosamine has been shown in some studies to
help ease the pain of mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the
knee. Glucosamine may also help with other
joint pain caused by osteoarthritis.

Glucosamine has also been used to try and treat rheumatoid
arthritis and other conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, allergies, chronic
venous insufficiency, sports injuries, temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ), chronic low back pain, and many others.

So far, these uses of glucosamine are not well supported by evidence from research studies.

HOW MUCH GLUCOSAMINE SHOULD YOU TAKE?
For osteoarthritis, the typical dose of glucosamine used in most studies was 500 milligrams of glucosamine sulfate taken three times a day.
Ask your doctor about specific dosing. Some
experts recommend taking glucosamine with meals to prevent stomach upset.

CAN YOU GET GLUCOSAMINE NATURALLY FROM FOODS?
Although glucosamine sulfate supplements are often manufactured from
the outer shells of shellfish, there aren’t any natural food sources of glucosamine.

Risks. People with allergies to shellfish should be wary of using glucosamine, since
it could cause an allergic reaction. Those who have diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, bleeding
disorders, or high blood pressure should check
with a doctor before using glucosamine.

Interactions. People taking other medicines including heart medicines, insulin, blood thinners,
and diuretics should check with their doctors before taking glucosamine.

What is the best Glucosamine Chondroitin on the market for joint pain?

Before you spend bunch of money on Glucosimine, let me show
you the best on the market.

I have found that the best Glucosamine Chondroitin on the
market is made by Nutrilite. All the products from Nutrilite are organic and are the
highest quality. I have found that many of the other brand
that you find at Wal-Mart, Target, etc… they may be less money, but they do not
relieve my joint pain. They are also not very healthy and are made from the cheapest compounds.
Since I switched to Nutrilite I have been pain free! :-)

To order Nutrilite Glucosamine-7. Click on the button below.

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Water, The Miracle Cure!
Posted on December 4, 2013
In this toxic world that we live in, we need to be careful on what types of water we drink.
Everyone should drink 2quarts of alkaline water per day.

NEVER drink just tap water! So many toxin and pollutants are in the tap water, that the only good use for
tap water is watering your yard and washing your car.

The truth about the bottled water is also scary! The FDA allows companies to bottle water as long as it meets the requirements of that of tap water.

The only choice is using a water filtration device to remove up
to 99% of pollutants of the water. I will discuss some of
the better options at the end of this blog.

First I want to give you the benefits of drinking water.

One of the benefits of drinking water is that
adequate hydration has a huge impact on your immune system.
Water helps all of your body’s systems function at optimum levels.
Drinking plenty of water flushes toxins and ensures that your cells
get all of the oxygen they need to function as they were meant to.
Here’s how drinking water affects your immune system.

1) Water Oxygenates Your Blood and Flushes Toxins

Drinking plenty of water ensures that your blood will carry plenty of oxygen to all the cells of your body.
This means that all of your body’s systems will function adequately, because they’ll be getting plenty
of oxygen. Your immune system functions best when your muscles and organs are functioning best.

Water allows your kidneys to remove toxins from your body.
It allows your cells to take in nutrients, and it also allows them to expel waste products.
If you don’t drink enough water, toxins will build up, weakening
your immune system.

2) Water Helps in the Production of Lymph

Your body’s immune system uses lymph to circulate white blood cells and nutrients to all of the body’s tissues.
Lymph fulfills the following functions in your body:

It carries water and nutrients to the blood, and through the blood, to the cells of the body.

It carries white blood cells and other immune system cells from the thymus and the bone marrow, throughout the body.

It removes toxins from the blood.
Your body needs water in order to produce lymph.
Without lymph, your white blood cells and other immune cells would not be able to travel throughout the body to fight
disease.

3) Water Keeps Your Eyes and Mouth Clean

Drinking water ensures that your eyes and mouth will
remain as moist as they need to be. Drinking water
allows your eyes and mouth to repel dirt, dust and parasites that might
cause infection.

4) Water Helps You Digest Your Food

You need adequate nutrition to maintain a strong immune system.
One of the benefits of drinking plenty of
water is that it keeps your digestive system strong so that you can properly digest your
food. If you don’t drink enough water, you could become constipated,
or develop even more severe digestive problems.

Drinking plenty of water also ensures that your cells will get adequate nutrition from your blood.

5) Water Prevents and Treats Common Chronic Ailments

Drinking plenty of water helps keep you healthy in the long term.
A surprising number of illnesses can be treated or prevented simply by drinking eight to ten glasses of water a day.
They include:

Arthritis and joint problems, since drinking water helps lubricate the
joints.
Depression, since without adequate amounts of
water your brain can’t produce enough serotonin.

Insomnia, since your brain needs water to produce melatonin.

Leukemia and lymphoma, since drinking plenty of water ensures that your body produces adequate amounts of blood cells and immune cells, and that they
circulate appropriately.
So let’s talk filtration. There are many water filtering devices
that work great. I will show you first the models that
I recommend.
eSpring® Carbon Water Treatment System – Above Counter Unit
with Existing Faucet Kit

eSpring® UV Water Purifier Below Counter Unit with Single Line Faucet Kit

Aquarium Reverse Osmosis Filter Systems

Milli- Q

Benchtop water filtration unit

Lower Cost Filters. Can be bought at Wal-Mart, Home
Depot or

Pur-Water-Filtration-System

PUR 3-STAGE WATER FILTER

PROCTER AND GAMBLE PUR 3-STAGE WAT

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