Healthy Habits for Happy and Healthy Years to Come

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Previously
by Margaret Durst: Green
— Supernutrients for Better Health

As we ring
in the new year, it’s a good time to reflect upon things each
of us can do to be healthier. The biggest impact that can be made
on our health is in our day to day actions. Reviewing those actions
and resolving to change just a little each year can set us on a
course to better health. Here are some areas for consideration.

Fruits and
vegetables. Yes, it’s that basic – eat more broccoli,
cabbage, green beans, spinach, squash and other non-starchy vegetables.
Eat an apple for a snack instead of crackers or potato chips. Eating
fruits and vegetables, preferably raw or lightly cooked helps our
bodies in several ways. Fruits and vegetables contain enzymes (when
raw), essential minerals and vitamins, and fiber. Fruits and non-starchy
vegetables are somewhat cleansing to the body, helping us to eliminate
the byproducts of what we eat so that our body doesn’t have
to create something like inflammation, or cholesterol, or joint
pain, etc.

Food chain.
Eat as close to the natural form as possible. In other words, the
freshest and least processed is the better choice. For instance,
fresh steamed green beans rather than green bean casserole made
with canned green beans, or an apple instead of that cool rolled
up fruit snack, or plain old-fashioned oatmeal instead of those
super puffed, frosted oat flakes, or raw nuts instead of honey roasted
nuts.

Vitamins. Take
a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement. A quote from the
congressional records during Eisenhower’s time – “Laboratory
tests prove that the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the eggs,
the milk and meat of today are not what they were a few generations
ago. The alarming fact is that fruits, vegetables and grains now
being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain
enough of certain minerals are starving us, no matter how much we
eat.” This document goes on to point out that 99 percent of
American people are deficient in minerals, and that a marked deficiency
in one of the really important minerals actually results in disease.

Exercise –
Movement is necessary for health. If your work is not physically
active, make time for regular exercise. Brisk walking 4 times per
week for 30 minutes or more is enough to keep your internal organs
fit. Also add some stretching and resistance exercises. There is
much documentation on the benefits of these today.

Cleansing
– Internal cleansing is extremely important in the chemical
age we live in today. Our bodies weren’t designed for additives,
preservatives, synthetic hormones, prescription drugs, and other
chemicals. I recommend an herbal cleanse once or twice a year to
help our bodies eliminate the things that tend to accumulate from
our modern lifestyle.

Attitude –
The power of positive thinking influences our health significantly.
Our thoughts actually affect our internal chemistry, and as you
would suspect, positive thoughts yield positive body chemistry and
negative thoughts yield negative body chemistry. You can choose
what to think.

Remember,
it is what we do daily or habitually that has the most impact on
our health and well being. Have a happy and healthy new year!

Margaret
Durst owns The
Green House
, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
Texas.

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