We all want to live longer, healthier lives. When I realized that this was National Public Health Week I thought what better time to introduce some great tips to do just that. I just discovered a delightful book by Dr. Maoshing Ni, Secrets of Longevity ~ Hundreds of Ways to Live To Be 100. This book uses no diets, no drugs, simply sharing an abundance of knowledge about both Eastern and Western medicine.
One of his tips include what I do every day ~ choose natural vitamins, not petrochemical pills. Many vitamins are synthetic, made from petrochemicals that have very little biological activity. And that means that what people consume is excreted from the bladder and bowels before being metaboloized. He includes in this tip, of course, to consider eating a nutritious and varied diet, rich in whole foods.
Another tip is concerning stroke. Have you or someone you know suffered from this? He states that an often unrecognized side effect of a stroke is lowered bone density, especially on the side that was more affected by the stroke. A study of post-stroke patients showed decreased levels of vitamin D3 and an increased risk of hip fractures. The group given D3 showed significantly improved bone mineral density over the untreated group and had fewer fractures. To avoid a broken hip ~ recovering from which is another arduous task that can debilitate your body’s healing mechanisms ~ take Vitamin D3 supplements if you suffer a stroke.
An interesting tip about Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) ~ Ni states that it plays a key role of converting our food into cellular energy and is a very special compound because, unlike other antioxidants, which only work in either water or fatty environments, this one functions in both. When the body uses up vitamins C and E during times of stress, ALA converts the by-products into new antioxidant compounds, thus “recycling” the vitamins. Alpha-lipoic acid prevents the type of nerve damage seen in diabetes and aging-related ailments such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases; it also helps ward off cancer, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, and diabetes.
I loved this one ~ to slim down ~ fill up with soup! Ni says to eat soup at least once a day, one that is low in salt and rehydrates as it nourishes and flushes waste from the body. Bottom line…people who eat one or more bowls of soup each day lose more weight than those who eat the same number of calories but don’t eat soup. Homemade is best, as canned soups are loaded with salts and chemicals.
Hope I have tempted you enough with these little tidbits of healthy information that you will invest in the book. Getting back to what is being celebrated this week, the American Public Health Association creates new National Public Health Week materials each year that can be used during and after this week to raise awareness about public health and prevention.
Studies have shown that 7 out of every 10 deaths in the U.S. are related to preventable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer with 75% of the nation’s health care dollars being spent to treat these diseases and only 3% of healthcare dollars going towards prevention. Simply by encouraging people to make healthier choices (such as not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, keeping active and eating a healthy diet) these preventable diseases can begin to diminish. That is what this week (and even perhaps reading and following Dr. Ni’s great healthy tips) is all about. What about you? What is your prevention plan?