A Dose of Common Sense

Today, an abundance of people who successfully overcome a health condition deem themselves an expert and, given the internet, it’s easy to tag yourself as such.

Fortunately, you don’t have be an expert in health matters to share common sense. Consider these tried and tested health ideas and tips.  Though you may have heard them before, ponder what English lexicographer/historian Samuel Johnson said, “Men need to be reminded more than taught.”

Drink clean, pure water

Most people do NOT drink enough water! When we become thirsty its our bodies telling us they are dehydrated. Drink before dehydration occurs. Most experts suggest drinking 50% of your body weight in ounces daily. If you weigh 150 lbs. drink 75 ounces of water a day.  Avoid municipal water supplies that are tainted with chemicals.  Invest in a filtration system such as a Reverse Osmosis system (RO) or a distiller.

Consume Fermented Foods

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, miso, kimchi, and mackerel; they are rich in lactic acid, which helps boost digestion, immunity, and overall health. Be careful of buying foods assumed to be “fermented.” The pasteurization process kills the beneficial bacteria.

Load up on Antioxidants

Antioxidants are Nature’s protectors that scour the body and rid it of harmful free radicals that cause damage and disease.  Free radicals are found in our food, water, and the air we breathe. Some of the best sources of antioxidants are dark fresh berries, cherries, broccoli, spinach, kale, and prunes. Green or white tea too; they are chock full of antioxidants.

Avoid Sugar

Sugar is addictive! The more you eat, the more you want to eat!   Consumed excessively, it is the greatest threat to our overall health.  Most Americans ingest more than 20 teaspoons of sugar a day.  Often, it is hidden in foods under an assumed name.  Beware of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), sucrose or anything ending withose”.  Safer alternatives that are natural sweeteners are: Xylito or Stevia.  I prefer the organic sugar in moderation only!

Consume Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Knowledge of the life saving benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids is widespread today and our heart, brain, joints, bones and skin depend on them.   They are abundant in fresh/wild cold water fish like salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel.  Nuts such as walnuts, cashews and almonds are also good sources.  Try these as a daily addition to your diet and take them as supplements as well.

I hope these commonsensical reminders are helpful!

Stay well.

 

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