How to be healthier and younger

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. “- Buddha


I just finished reading Ultra-Longevity, The Seven Step Program for a Younger, Healthier You by Mark Liponis, MD. The author is the Medical Director at Canyon Ranch. His 7 steps aren’t surprising but I find them a great reminder of some of the basics. The premise of his book is that we need to take care of our immune system and that through these 7 steps we can. 
His 7 steps:


1. Breathe- Seems so simple doesn’t it? However, we only use a small part of our lung capacity. Take a deep breath, right now, and let it fill up all the way to your belly, then let it out. Do that as many times a day as you can think to. Try Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, or even swimming. 


2. Eat- I love when a book actually tells you to eat! What to eat is the more important part. Fruits, Vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fish 2 times per week, fiber rich foods, spices… Eat slowly and allow your body to digest the food you eat. 


3. Sleep- Did you know that if you are tired you tend to eat more? You are trying to get the energy you need to stay awake from the food. Being sleep deprived makes you moody, irritable, not think clearly, and ultimately stressed out. Get into a pattern. Don’t watch TV or be one the computer for at least 2 hours before bed time. 


4. Dance- This one if my favorite! Find your dance. That could be walking, running, biking, aerobics, Pilates, or simply just dancing! In other words exercise. I believe you should move your body EVERY day for at least 20 minutes. It will change your life. 


5. Love- Sometimes we get so busy and so used to the people we keep around us that we forget to tell them what they mean to us. Is your husband, wife, sister, brother, child, friend, sitting next to you? Tell them you love them. More importantly, let them love you back. 


6. Soothe- your home should be peaceful and free of allergens, get massages, stimulate your senses through smell ,drink clean water and get fresh air. 


7. Enhance- Talk to a doctor or nutritionist and find of what, if any supplements or vitamins you should be taking. Find out if you should lose weight, gain weight, or maintain your weight, most importantly know what you weigh. The number on the scale can predict your health. Drink plenty of water. Take care of yourself. 


In Health, 
Tricia



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