Preventive Medicine Keeps the Doctor Away
Common Sense Guide
Fun Ways to Stay Healthy
Whether you call it preventive or preventative medicine, here are twelve brilliantly simple suggestions for staying healthy from a book called Love Has Forgotten No One by Gary Renard. I have written articles on four of the suggestions which I found most surprising or controversial. These topics include oxygenating your body, the healing properties of noni juice, the health benefits of eating honey and an age-extension product called MaxOne.
Today I am going to round out this series of articles by sharing information on the other eight suggestions. These suggestions are fun, simple and mostly free. I have included quotes from the book, Love Has Forgotten No One regarding each suggestion, and added my own comments to each. In most instances, I also added things I learned researching each of the suggestions.
"You can start with about 30 minutes a day which would be about a mile and a half." Love Has Forgotten No One goes on to suggest working your way up to an hour a day and suggests it's ok to skip a couple days a week.
There is no mystery about the benefits of walking. I am reminded of the old joke about the man whose doctor told him to walk five miles a day. The man called his doctor five days later and complained that he was 25 miles away, "now what do I do?"
On a serious note,, the Mayo Clinic website agrees that walking burns calories and can help you lose weight. Adding 30 minutes of brisk walking each day could burn 150 calories a day. To lose a pound a week, you generally need to eliminate 500 calories a day. (www.mayoclinic.org)
"This is vital. Whenever you think of it, take a deep breath. And exhale deeply, too" Love Has Forgotten No One
What could be more basic and yet more overlooked when we think of things we can do to stay healthy? Why is it vital to breathe deeply whenever we think of it? Shallow breathing taxes other systems in our bodies. Deep breathing releases toxins. Carbon dioxide represents waste from our body's metabolism, and deep exhaling releases carbon dioxide that has passed through our bloodstream into our lungs.
Deep breathing is credited with a host of benefits including strengthening of the lungs and the immune system, and improving the quality of our blood. Good, deep breaths even massage our internal organs - including the stomach, the liver and the heart.
Stretch Your Legs and Back and Arms
Stretching is another frequently overlooked things you can do to stay healthy. Studies regarding the benefits of stretching are mixed when it comes to preventing injuries. And stretching may or may not improve athletic performance. However, it is known that stretching can help improve flexibility and increases circulation. Gentle stretching relaxes tense muscles associated with stress.
Finally, stretching may improve your mood and general feeling of well-being as it has the same endorphin-boosting effects as other forms of exercise.
Drink a lot of Water
"People who drink lots of water don't get cancer as often as people who don't." - Love Has Forgotten No One
Since our bodies are mostly water, it stands to reason that drinking more water helps maintain it. According to Kaiser Permanente nephrologist Steven Guest, MD, "Fluid losses occur continuously, from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool, and these losses must be replaced daily for good health."
Other health benefits of drinking a lot of water include:
- Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids.
- Can Help Control Calories. - While water doesn't have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help.
- Helps Energize Muscles
- Helps Keep Skin Looking Good
- Helps Your Kidneys.- Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate,
* article by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD (www.webmd.com)
Fast One Day Per Month
"Take one day a month and don't eat. It's ok to drink juices that day, but no food, no booze, and no drugs." "Statistics show significantly fewer heart attacks in people who fast one day a month, for whatever reason." - Love Has Forgotten No One
Dr. Biodun Awosusi lists10 incredible health benefits of fasting: (www.voices.yahoo.com)
- Promotes detoxification
- Rests Digestive System
- Resolves Inflammatory Response
- Reduces Blood Sugar
- Increases Fat breakdown
- Corrects high blood Pressure
- Promotes Weight loss
- Promotes Healthy diet (by reducing craving for processed foods)
- Boosts Immunity
- May Help to Overcome Addictions
While me may debate the degree fasting contributes these benefits, there is renewed interest in fasting to reduce the risk of heart attack: "It's difficult to tell what effect fasting has on your heart health because many people who routinely fast often do so for religious reasons. These people generally tend to not smoke or drink alcohol, which also can reduce heart disease risk.
However, it still appears people who follow a fasting diet may have better heart health than people who don't." (www.mayoclinic.org)
Love Has Forgotten No One suggests drinking two glasses of fruit juice every day, "Whether it's orange juice, tomato juice, grape juice, grapefruit juice, carrot juice, nectars, or whatever, it's all good."
Since the book also recommends noni juice, the author makes the point that drinking any of these juices is a good substitute for noni juice. This is an option for people who can't afford the cost, or just cannot stand the taste of noni juice.
Debate seems to be raging in the scientific community about the sugar content in fruit juices. However, according to the Mayo Clinic website, "Recent studies have confirmed that drinking moderate amounts of 100 percent fruit juice doesn't affect a child's weight." ww.mayoclinic.org)
Go Out in the Sun for 20 Minutes a Day
Get out in the sun for 20 minutes on a sunny day. Take advantage of the sunshine. By now most people are familiar with the risk of too much sun causing skin cancer. We're not talking here about world-class sun tanning. We're talking about soaking up those warm rays for 20 minutes and basking in a little sunshine.
Along with 20 minutes in the sun, Love Has Forgotten No One suggests taking vitamin D. The combination of sunshine and vitamin D is said to help prevent depression by just helping you feel better.
The old saying is that laughter is the best medicine. Love Has Forgotten No One paraphrases the old saying, "Laughter is better than any other form of medicine."
It's not always easy to find things that truly make us laugh. One of my favorite jokes goes like this: 'Did you hear about the guy who had his whole left side blown off? He's all right now."
Even a good joke does not always make us laugh, but keep trying. Watch a movie that makes you laugh. Those old Best of Carson shows are usually very funny to me. It's not important what makes us laugh. The important things is to look for the things that do it for us. Play them, listen to them, watch them and enjoy a good laugh whenever you can.
Note: Gary Renard's books are written with the help of two Ascended Masters who appear and speak to Gary. If you do not believe in spiritual beings, it's not likely you are interested in what they have to say. For me, I have read each of Gary's three books and been amazed at the depth of the spiritual teachings. When the latest book, Love Has Forgotten No One, listed 12 things we can do to stay healthy, I decided to share them with readers who may not be familiar with Gary's work.