Mon, Oct 15th 2012 10:45 pm
Evan Apostolakis, N.D., Alive Medicine
If you want to become healthier, and have a better quality of life, here are 5 ways to achieve your goals:
1. Eat More Vegetables. Kale, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, the list is endless. Vegetables are amongst the most nutritionally dense foods on earth. Not only are they low in calories, and good for you, many studies have found that a diet rich in vegetables can stave off heart disease and many cancers. And, if you a little on the vain side (who isn’t?), eating vegetables regularly will make your skin glow.
2. Exercise More. Next to what you put in your mouth, getting regular exercise is the most important factor in leading a healthy life and longevity. Think you have to spend money on an expensive gym membership or workout hours a day? Think again, simple brisk walking for 30 minutes most days will do the trick. Also, take the stairs those two flights up, park the car a little further away from the grocery store door. Little bouts of exercise help as well. The key is getting your body moving.
3. Practice Good Oral Hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and flossing will not only ensure you keep your teeth in excellent condition, it also has a profound affect on your overall health. A 2010 study found poor oral hygiene is linked to an increased risk of other heart conditions such as heart attacks or strokes.
4. Sleep Adequately. In our busy lives, getting enough sleep seems to have become a luxury. It should not be. Countless studies in recent years have found that people that get adequate sleep – and the occasional midday nap – live longer, weigh less, and have a lower risk of contracting colds and flu. Simply put, people that get enough sleep are healthier.
5. Weight: Lose Some. More than 60 percent of North American adults are either overweight or obese. Obesity leads to a number of chronic conditions from increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain cancers, sleep apnea, liver disease, indigestion, etc. In short, excess weight shortens life. Losing it will lengthen yours.