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Tips For Living Life (August)

Updated on August 24, 2015

Life has to make time for adequate rest.

Adequate rest and sleep is essential to good health too, but that is a subject for another month. Meanwhile guard against fatigue.
Adequate rest and sleep is essential to good health too, but that is a subject for another month. Meanwhile guard against fatigue. | Source

This month's lessons on healthy living....

This month lets consider two topics: [1] how to tell when someone is having a stroke, and [2] why well over 50% of Americans are overweight and what can be done about it.

STROKES: If you even suspect someone may have just had a stroke, you must promptly ask them to do three things: ask them to smile; ask them to raise both arms; and, ask them to speak a simple sentence. If they have trouble doing even one of these things, immediately call 911 and describe the symptoms you have observed and the task(s) they could not perform. Remember these three questions, and ACT. You can prevent brain damage, but it takes prompt action.

OVERWEIGHT: if you are interested in losing weight (or helping someone else to lose excess weight) the next time you have a good physical exam, get good professional, medical advice. If you are under a lot of stress, either acute or chronic, make sure the professional knows, and follow their advice as to a reasonable weight loss per month, reasonable exercise, daily calories, water intake, possible appetite suppressants, and other considerations, including how to best deal with the stress.

TIPS TO CONSIDER:

(1) Stress will cause the body to rapidly deplete its B vitamins leaving the body deficient unless a multiple vitamin, B-Complex, or careful food intake is used to keep healthy levels of this important family of vitamins which are usually taken together. These vitamins have a role in 60 enzyme processes in the body including energy production and their support of the adrenal glands which play a role in metabolism, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.

(2) The main culprit in weight gain is sugar. Sugar is a source of quick energy, but many people intake enough sugar in a day to meet all their energy needs, yet find themselves still hungry! That is natural. The hunger signal is the body asking for the essential vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals sugar can’t provide. Having met your energy needs with sugar, your body stores the calories you get when you eat the nutritious foods, and you just gained more weight! Reduce your sugar intake. Not every meal used to come with a dessert, but look at what we have done to breakfast, lunch, and supper! Most folks have some form of sugar with every meal, plus sugary snacks or drinks in between.

(3) Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Not distilled, as it has no minerals or trace minerals. And drink cool or cold water whenever possible, as the body burns calories bringing that water up to F. 98.6! The body has wonderful mechanisms for dealing with the inevitable toxins of daily life, but water is essential if it is to do so.

Lastly, (4) our bodies have mechanisms for maintaining good health, but those mechanisms also depend on active, weight-bearing motion which is necessary for the lymphatic system, and for our musculo-skeletal system, so find a fun activity to regularly provide such movement.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - Don't skip the mushrooms, though. You need them for their L-Tryptophan most Americans get from their meat products.

      Don't give up the lobster either. ;-D

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Very good advice! I gave up sugar in my coffee and tea years ago, then got rid of soda, bread, and most pasta. Now I have trouble keeping the weight on, since I am pretty much vegetarian.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      schoolgirlforreal - I think the Sugar Lobby is going to add me to their Hit List! "keep"ing "the rein in" means you were already doing so before you read this. Good for you. Keep up your courage.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Kate Mc Bride - I hope you completed your article for the editor, and I asm glad this one pleased you.

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      schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA

      It's nice to read a hub that is not overly long and provides good tips. I will try to keep a reign in on my sugar intake!

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      Kate McBride 2 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      very precise and concise here Demas. A great hub as usual.

      Kate

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Thank you perspycacious: I certainly did share this article. It is a must read. God bless.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dana Tate - I hope you shared this because so many, even here on HP, need to realize the role sugar plays in the overweight and obesity epidemic.

      Congratulations on taking a health class you can turn into meaningful Hubs with the added research you are so good at.

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Helpful tips you have here. Especially the tips on how to identify a stroke. I just took a health class on trans fat and carbohydrates so lately iv'e been watching my sugar intake. Good stuff here and worth sharing.