You must take Responsibility for our own Health
The following simple changes can easily be introduced into your life and would significantly reduce the amount of toxins entering your body.
- Adjust your diet. Look at what you eat, educate yourself on how to read food labels, cut out preservatives and processed foods. Fresh organic wholefoods are best: properly prepared grains, and nuts; fresh fruit and vegetables as well as a good balance of fish, white and red meats. Cut out sugar including sugar substitutes.
- Eat fewer acidic and more alkaline foods.
- Repopulating your intestines with good bacteria is an essential part of a complete and sustainable detox, this will assist your digestive system to work as intended.
- Filter your water or drink bottled water.
- Maintain your household with products that are chemical-free.
- Breathe clean air as much as you can or buy air filters for work and for home.
- Increase your knowledge of organic products and how you can introduce these into your life.
- If you must buy processed food Read the Label
- Laughter A hearty laugh actually changes your brain waves and the chemistry of your body, and it does heal. Good idea to rent funny movies, and to laugh instead of getting angry. Try it, and you'll see that it can start to become second nature.
- Be around Friends/family………Once a week minimum, spend time with friends. Make sure they're not "energy suckers," however. Get together with friends who make you feel energized after you see them. Before you say yes to a social engagement, ask yourself, "Will this event and the people involved stress me or bless me?"
- Recognize other energy robbers (like the smartphone) and eliminate those, too. we have to discipline ourselves to stop the smartphone from taking over our lives. The minute you keep checking your emails/FB or Line, you have surrendered your day to someone else's agenda. If you set the intention, you do it. Check your email twice a day—that's all. Look at your smartphone twice a day. Never let electronic devices interrupt a conversation with a real human being.
- Gratitude … We used to think love was the most powerful emotion. It isn't; it's gratitude. Find out what you're grateful for by paying attention. Write down one thing you're grateful for every day. Send the words in an email to someone or write it down in a journal. Happiness is a choice—and you can train your brain to be happy.
- Engage in daily exercise/Movement. … Don't forget to move. Park your car farther away from your destination so that you have to walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. These are little things that really add up.
What do healthy people have in common? My guess would be the following 10 things! How many of them apply to you?
1) THEY ARE “IMMUNE” TO HEALTH AND DIETING TRENDS (BECAUSE THEY KNOW IT’S ALL MARKETING)
Whether it’s a raspberry ketone craze, the latest belly fat banishing diet, or the low carb diet healthy people laugh because they know health trends usually have nothing to do with BEING healthy, just sell you an idea that most probably won’t be right for you!
2) THEY LOVE AND SUPPORT THEIR LOCAL FARMER
Giving some love and appreciation to the local farmer that grows your food is yet another way to support small sustainable farms over factory farms and monocropping.
3) THEY LISTEN TO THEIR BODY MORE THAN A DOCTOR, AND DON’T TRUST ANY ONE PERSON TO MAKE THEIR HEALTH DECISIONS FOR THEM
In the world of Western Medicine, it can be dangerous to trust any one medical opinion as absolute. Healthy people get a second opinion when something feels wrong, and they seek out natural alternatives whenever possible.
ALL THESE DEATHS PER YEAR: In USA
12,000 —–unnecessary surgery
7,000 —–medication errors in hospitals
20,000 —–other errors in hospitals
80,000 —–infections in hospitals
106,000 —–non-error, negative effects of drugs
These total to 250,000 deaths per year that are caused by a physician’s activity, manner, or therapy used, especially in the event of a complication of treatment.
4) THEY KNOW THAT HEALTH STARTS WITH SPENDING TIME IN THE KITCHEN
It’s pretty hard to be healthy if you can’t spend a few minutes in the kitchen everyday preparing food
5) THEY SEE FOOD COSTS AS AN INVESTMENT IN “HEALTHCARE”
Healthy people are aware that many pharmaceutical drugs are just a synthetic imitation of plant compounds! In order to patent a drug you need to synthetically alter it because nothing found in nature can be patented. So you see aspirin inspired by the salicylic acid in white willow bark, and valium inspired by compounds valerian root. Take this as further confirmation that real food is indeed thy medicine!
6) THEY VOTE WITH THEIR FORK, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO GMO’S AND PESTICIDES
When it comes to eating, healthy people walk the walk, not just talk the talk! They choose organic, local and non-GMO foods whenever possible over the alternative
7) THEY TAKE PRIDE IN EATING NOURISHING FOODS THAT THEIR GREAT GRANDMOTHER WOULD RECOGNIZE AS FOOD
Would your great grandmother smother margarine on her toast or cook her foods in canola and soybean oil– something that her body didn’t crave? I don’t think so.
8) THEY LOOK FOR SHORT INGREDIENT LISTS, AND KNOW WHAT THEY ARE PUTTING IN THEIR BODY
Before processed food, there were NO INGREDIENT lists, just home cooked food! Take that as a clue and always keep your ingredient lists on the shorter side, always make sure you can clearly pronounce and identify them!
9) THEY LISTEN TO THEIR BODY AND EAT WHAT THEY WANT WHEN THEY WANT IT
Your body is much smarter than you give it credit for, and your cravings
will usually mirror macro-nutrients (carbs, proteins, fats) or micro-nutrients (vitamins, minerals) needed by your body to maintain health!
10) THEY EAT ENOUGH FOOD TO GET THE NUTRIENTS THEY REALLY NEED!
Any time you limit calories or food intake, you restrict the nutrients you consume! Healthy people know this and eat ENOUGH of the right foods to satisfy their body and their nutritional bank account.
6 Foods That Could Help You Live To Be 100 - Lessons From Costa Rica:
During the past decade, DAN BUETTNER made two expeditions to Nicoya, Costa Rica as part of his research into the “Blue Zones,” places in the world with the highest number of centenarians.
Today middle-aged people in Nicoya, especially men, reach a healthy, vital age of 90 at rates up to 2.5 times greater than those in the United States. In other words, residents elude heart disease, many types of cancer, and diabetes better than Americans by an order of magnitude. And they spend about one-fifteenth of what the United States spends on health care.
How do they do it?
He concluded that the Nicoyans’ secret lies partly in their strong faith community, in their deep social networks, and their habit of doing regular, low-intensity physical activity.
They also benefited from a healthy dose of Vitamin D from sunlight and extra calcium in their water — more, in fact, than anywhere else in the country. The combination may lead to stronger bones and fewer fatal falls for seniors.
Diet plays a big role too. A combination of cooked beans and squash, eaten with corn tortillas, is rich in complex carbohydrates, protein, calcium, and niacin. It naturally helps reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
During the past 50 years, white rice has largely replaced squash as a daily staple in Nicoya. Although lower in fiber and nutrients than brown rice, when eaten with beans, white rice does not cause sugar levels to rise as quickly as it does when eaten alone. Black beans remain a constant staple in Nicoya, like other legumes a reliable powerhouse of longevity goodness. Nicoyans make their own tortillas daily and eat them at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They soak the corn in lime and water (calcium hydroxide) and then grind it into flour, which releases niacin locked up in the corn, increases the body’s absorption of calcium, iron, and minerals, and reduces the risk of mold toxins.
Top longevity foods from Nicoya
1. Squash … Available in several varieties and called ayote or calabaza in Nicoya, these prolific hard-shelled squash are related to pumpkins and winter squash such as butternut, hubbard, and spaghetti squash. All belong to the botanical family Cucurbitaceae, known for providing high levels of useful carotenoids.
2. Papayas … Papaya trees grow almost like weeds in Nicoya, so people there eat this fruit, both green and ripe, almost every day. The papaya’s rich orange flesh contains vitamins A, C, and E, plus an enzyme called papain that counters inflammation.
3. Yams … A staple for at least the past century in Nicoya, these yams, although similar in appearance from the outside, are botanically unrelated to North American sweet potatoes. They are, in fact, true yams, sometimes available in the United States from produce markets serving Latin American communities. Their flesh is firm and white, even when cooked, and they are a rich source of vitamin B6.
4. Black beans … Nicoyans eat beans and rice every day, often at every meal. Arguably the best in the world, the black beans they depend on contain more antioxidants than any other type of bean. Paired with corn tortillas and squash, they make the perfect food.
5. Bananas … Bananas in all of their shapes and sizes — large and small, plantains, cuadrados — are a rich source of carbohydrates, potassium, and soluble fiber. They are nearly a staple food in Nicoya and the most common. The sweet varieties are picked fresh, peeled, and eaten —the go-to snack.
6. Pejivalles (Peach palms) … Clusters of this small, orange, oval fruit dangle from palm trees throughout Central America. A staple food for Costa Rica’s indigenous people yet rarely if ever seen for sale in the United States, it is especially high in vitamins A and C. Traditionally the fruit was stewed in salt water and served with salt or honey.