Are you pro-active and self-accountable about your daily health, or do you play the victim when you come down with a cough, congestion, sneezing and runny nose? Forget the overly dramatic complaints of your typical hypochondriac; I’m talking about legitimate sicknesses that people can easily avoid with the daily choices that they make. Yes. I’m saying it. You are in charge of your body’s ability to stay well and avoid illnesses.
Well, I’ve done the research, and I’m eager to share with you some information from an esteemed expert, Gene Stone, author of The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick. Boost your health with a pro-active approach by taking advantage of food-related treatments (vitamins, garlic, vegan diet), activities of wellness (working out, lifting weights, sleeping), and environmental conditions (exposure to germs) and emotional supports (community of friends, spiritual connection). Learn about all of those healthy elements by reading Gene Stone’s book! In the meantime, I’m pleased to share with you, three critical factors that will boost your health and prevent sicknesses from getting the better of you!
#1 Take Cold Showers
Sounds painful, right? But in this case, pain is gain because turning up the cold water in your morning shower can actually boost your health by and increasing your body’s levels of glutathione, a natural antioxidant. According to Stone’s book, “The researchers hypothesize that this is a form of ‘body hardening,’ a process in this the body adapts to certain stimuli (like cold water) by increasing its tolerance to stress” (page 37). Also, the process of the polar bear shower will also decrease your body’s inflammation, which is an underlying cause every single disease process and is what causes aging. So stay young and vigorous, people! Turn up the “freeze”!
Accessible in yogurt or health store supplements, these are natural precursors to natural antibiotics, so they are great for stomach ailments, particularly ailments due to overseas travel. According to the Jean Mayer US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, “yogurt consumption can have a beneficial impact on many gastrointestinal conditions, including constipation, diarrhea, colon cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease” (page 144).
Stretching!? Yes! This activity keeps your body balanced, decreases your likelihood to fall down and keeps brain cells firing. Stone’s book tells the story of an alternative practitioner, Dr. Fulford, who believed in the power of stretching for muscle health and relief of tension and avoidance of illness (pages 177-179). For daily stretching exercises, yoga or pilates or any home routine will do. Just keep as agile and balanced as possible, and your life will be filled with fewer sick days and more vibrant energy!
By incorporating cold showers, probiotics and stretching into your daily routine, you’re bound to get the wellness results that you desire!
Dr. Veronica Anderson has emerged as a smart, outspoken, fun-loving voice for healthy living in today’s media. As an entertaining, lively and provocative guest, she has appeared on national TV talk shows such as Our World with Neil Cavuto (Fox News Channel), and Live with Adam Carolla (syndicated). She is the host of radio show, Wellness For the Real World. Learn more at http://www.DrVeronica.com
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