27 Life Prolonging Health Tips – Day 91

August 31, 2010 No Comments


365 Days to a Balanced Life Journey – Day 91


Quote of the Day

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon”.  – Doug Larson
I am a huge fan of the You Docs.  Finally medical doctors who get it!!!!  In their daily columns they break down some simple but important health facts.  You can get complete details of these tips and many more by logging into You Docs Daily.

Here is some life prolonging tips from the You Docs!

Six or more helpings of fruits and veggies daily could lower your risk of ALL cancers by 11%

Five foods that help you lose weight – Salmon, Eggs, Peanuts, Apples and Fava Beans

Take up to 2000 units of Vitamin D 3 to avoid heart disease, osteoporosis, type 1 diabetes, high blood pressure and possibly some cancers (Take Vitamin D 3 together with your calcium)

Keep bones strong by avoiding Colas and other caffeinated drinks.  For every 12-ounce caffeinated soft drink and 4 ounce cup of coffee ADD 20 more milligrams of calcium on top of the recommended 1500 mg a day

Your body can only absorb 600 mg of calcium in a two-hour period so spread the doses throughout the day AND add 2000 IU of vitamin D-3 (allows calcium to get where it’s needed)

A protein heavy diet can make your blood more acidic and your body steals calcium from your bones to neutralize that acid.  Eat no more than one-half gram of protein for every pound you weigh.

Cut back on red meat but replace with lean proteins and

Eat heart healthy fats; foods rich in omega s and 9s (walnuts, avocados and canola or olive oil)

Eating low fat, real Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt (with no added sugar or artificial sweeteners) curbs risk of high blood pressure, kills bad bugs, improves memory and satisfies hunger.

Avocados increases HDL cholesterol and lowers triglycerides, improves arteries, brain, skin and sex life.  They have more potassium than bananas and magnesium.  Eat with your spinach salad to absorb five times more lutein.  May slow the growth (or kill off) some pre-cancerous and malignant cells.  Bonus; may reduce your appetite.

Eat a one ounce piece of dark chocolate daily to lower your blood pressure

Macadamia Nuts help lower cholesterol

Pineapple contains an anti-inflammatory enzyme called bromelain that may help tame an achy back or bum knee.  Don’t like pineapple? Take 100 milligrams of bromelain a day for sore joints

Eat fungi to fight fat and reduce plaque from sticking to blood vessel walls.

The healthy fat in six walnut halves will trigger a chain reaction that slows the rate at which your stomach empties.  Feel fuller longer.

Pomegranates holds 11 grams of fill you up fibre and five grams of protein.  Bonus may also decrease blood sugar levels, keep blood pressure down and fight aging inflammation in your body

Cranberries may reduce heart disease and is a protection from cancer

Clementines are only 35 calories apiece so no need to limit yourself when satisfying your sweet tooth.

Fruit is a diet buddy, not a diet saboteur.  Fruit is full of water, fibre, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals and it puts a lot of bulk in your belly for not a lot of calories.  Ignore the myth that fruit will make you gain wait because of its high sugar content.

Stop bloating by eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day, chew thoroughly to aid digestion, sit up straight while eating, avoid drinking carbonated beverages, avoid high-fat meals (they slow digestion resulting in food lingering longer in the colon and intestinal bacteria produces more gas).  Add a daily probiotic supplement and exercise every day to maintain healthy bowel function.

Eat a Mediterranean diet which is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, nuts, fish and other lean proteins.

Reduce HCAs from grilling chicken  by marinating for at least 15 minutes, partially cooking before grilling in the microwave, cook it skinless and pile your plate with broccoli as it increases metabolism of HSAs so that they are less harmful.

Laughing and meditation are two of the Docs favorite stress reducers

Take a quick walk in between meetings.  Even a 10 minute walk altered levels of 20 blood compounds tied to burning fat, controlling blood sugar and cholesterol, building energy and protecting cells from free radical damage. You will enjoy beneficial changes for up to one hour.

Weight Train for a sleeker physique, stronger bones, healthier heart, more flexibility and increased calorie burn.

To improve memory try left nostril breathing.  Hold your right nostril shut and gradually breathe deeply and slowly through your left.

 Reduce Headaches by:

  1. Strengthening your neck
  2. Removing foods such as caffeine, cheese, smoked meats, sugar, chocolate and MSG
  3. Getting regular aerobic exercise
  4. Having sex.  Orgasms often stop headaches.
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