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6 Ways to Live a Longer, Healthier Life

Updated on October 05, 2012

Here are five simple yet effective ways to live a longer, healthier life for those who, like me, want to enjoy to the fullest all that life has to offer:

Studies have shown that the Guyabano (Soursop) tree, its fruit, leaves, and bark is a miraculous natural cancer cell killer 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.
Studies have shown that the Guyabano (Soursop) tree, its fruit, leaves, and bark is a miraculous natural cancer cell killer 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.

Eat more alkaline-producing foods. Our bodies need an alkaline/acid balance of 80/20, 80% alkaline and 20% acid. Why? Because the more alkaline the body, the harder it is for cancer and other diseases to thrive in it. Some of the best alkaline-producing foods are fresh cucumber, guyabano (soursop), avocado, malunggay (moringa), okra, bean sprouts and olive oil.

Plus, guyabano and malunggay are now widely known to prevent cancer and other dreaded diseases.

Healthy bowel movement lowers the risk of heart disease and other illnesses.
Healthy bowel movement lowers the risk of heart disease and other illnesses.

Maintain healthy bowel movement. Alternative/natural medicine specialist Dr. Jesucita Lao Sodusta states in her book "Health Comes First" that we should be able to eliminate wastes from our body at least three times a day, depending on the number of meals taken. Studies have also shown that many diseases such as heart problems stem from chronic constipation. Who knew something as simple as having regular bowel movement could prevent heart disease?

Things you can do to promote healthy bowel movement:

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables because they contain plenty of natural bulk fiber which aids in the process of waste elimination.
  • Chew your food properly.
  • Drink warm drinks after meals. Cold drinks reduce digestive power.
  • With the exception of soup, don't drink any water or liquid while eating.
  • Drink plenty of water everyday.
  • Exercise regularly.

Squeeze 1 lemon into 4 glasses of water and drink first thing in the morning to flush out toxins from your liver, kidney, and bowel.
Squeeze 1 lemon into 4 glasses of water and drink first thing in the morning to flush out toxins from your liver, kidney, and bowel.

Regularly flush out toxins from your body. This can be done in a variety of ways, the most common being exercise, sweat baths, saunas, colon cleansing and other detox regimens. You can also make your own inexpensive detox regimen at home by squeezing one fresh lemon or lime into four glasses of room temperature water and drinking it first thing in the morning upon waking up. Take this lemon water flushing-out formula every day at least one hour before eating breakfast. Do not add sugar, honey or other sweeteners as it will reduce the formula's potency in flushing out toxins from your liver, kidney, and bowel.

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Human Nature Natural Moisturizing Shampoo & Hair Conditioner, 100% No Harmful Chemicals

Use organic natural products. Did you know that harmful chemicals from shampoos, soaps, lotions, deodorants, and other products seep through our skin and accumulate in our body and sit there like a ticking time bomb? So why risk cancer and other diseases when you can use organic products with no harmful chemicals? I personally have replaced all my chemical products with organic ones such as the ones from Human Nature and Amway.

Think positive thoughts and say positive words. Our thoughts and words are powerful. The Universe is like a giant restaurant. We get what we order (through what we think and what we say). If we want good health, we have to claim good health by thinking and saying something like: "I feel good about my body. My body is getting healthier each day."

Relax and enjoy life.
Relax and enjoy life.

Do yoga, meditation or other stress-releasing activities. These days, everyone knows that stress, negativity, and other emotional disturbances greatly affect physical health. So be happy! Do daily affirmations, take care of a pet, pursue a hobby, surround yourself with positive people, and most importantly, learn to love yourself! The more you are able to love yourself, the better your chances of living a longer, healthier life.

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    • Sterling Carter profile image

      Sterling Carter 5 years ago from Indian Mound, Tennessee

      I don't know what guyabano and malunggay are but I think I will Google them.

      Thanks for sharing...

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Guyabano and malunggay are tropical plants, Sterling, which is probably why you've never heard of them. They are very common in the Philippines where I live. :)

      If you can't find guyabano, malunggay, or the other fruits/vegetables I mentioned previously, you can always eat other alkaline-producing foods such as fresh corn, tomatoes, garlic, fresh lettuce, apples, carrots and potatoes to name a few. :)

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      Ashley Gray 5 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks for the informative hub! I love learning about living your best, healthiest life! Voted up!

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks, Ashley. And you're welcome. :)

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Yes, these vegetables are healthy and I miss them so well. Makes me hungry now,lol. Thanks for sharing.

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      Liam Hallam 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Great hub with some fantastic advice. Voted up.

      I've never heard the alkaline's argument before despite having a degree which covered the immune system

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks, Thelma. Writing the hub, I kept thinking about eating crispy malunggay dipped in tempura sauce. Hehe. I actually ate some yesterday. :)

      Thanks, CyclingFitness. I'd never heard about eating alkaline food either until I attended a seminar on natural health remedies. Now I see that there's even alkaline water for sale. :)

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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      There are pH strips to measure one's body's pH level. Low pH is an indication of acidity. Most pH imbalances in our modern society is being in the too acidic.

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      Ramzeed 5 years ago from Maryland

      Love this HuB...Keep up the great work

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks, BlissfulWriter and Ramzeed. :) You know what? Writing this out made me realize that it's actually easy to live a long, healthy life. :)

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      Chuck Bluestein 5 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      Great article. Green tea is the most alkaline food there is. Also all the unprocessed plant foods have plenty of fiber to keep colon working well. Animals foods have no fiber so they tend to clog the colon. Whole grains (like brown rice) are better than refined grains (like rice) for a healthy colon.

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks for the additional info, Chuck. :)

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      MagicStarER 5 years ago from Western Kentucky

      "Guyabano" is guanabana, or "soursop". They are green fruits with soft skin and white flesh, taste delicious, sort of like a cross between kiwi and honeydew maybe, taste like ambrosia!! They grow on a 10-15 ft tall tree in tropical climates. The entire tree is an effective cancer cure, you can make tea from the leaves and stems and drink it, too. Or you can eat the fruit, or use it in smoothies.

      Almost forgot: Guanabana is related to the Paw-Paw trees we grow here in the USA. Paw-paw fruits have only a slightly less cancer-curing benefit than guanabana. So if you can not grow guanabana where you live, then plant paw-paw trees! I think guanabana needs a zone 8 or higher, but perhaps can be grown in a good greenhouse with tall ceilings. A friend sent me some seeds and I am debating what to do with them...

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks for the info, MagicStarER. :) It's great that there is an alternative for those who don't have access to guyabano. :)

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Hi Susan, you have some good tips on ways to live a healthy life...especially detoxing with lemons. I am obsessed with using lemons everyday. I also love the tropical fruits that you've mentioned! I plan on visiting the Philippines one day! Voted up and useful.:-)

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks, Turtlewoman. :) The Philippines does abound with exotic tropical fruits. :)

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      clary 4 years ago

      i take guavano tea and i sweat a lot is this one of the effect of drinking guavano tea....

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      dina8889 4 years ago

      very useful and interesting God created this fruits for the benefit of human kind, so why take the risk of some foods, which are not beneficial for our health,don't trade in fruits to any burger....

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      romer 4 years ago

      power grabe

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