Secrets Of Healthy People
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Forrest Gump can figure out that healthy habits make for a healthy person.
Unfortunately, far too many of us engage in unhealthy behaviors like
overindulging in fast food, smoking, excessive drinking, sedentary living...
The list of offenses stretches on and on.
With an abundance of health information at
our fingertips, you would think we would be entering the Golden Era of Good
Health. But with the obesity epidemic only worsening -- studies indicate two of
three Americans are obese or overweight -- it appears were losing
From newspaper articles and best-selling
books to online dieting, the tools to achieve a healthy weight are at our
fingertips. So what's the problem?
Maybe its a case of information
overload. Or maybe its too hard for us to weed through the good, the bad
and the ugly.
Well, we can help. In this eDiets
exclusive, Dr. David Niven shares the secrets to better health... the secrets
he assembled for his new book, Click here for 100 Simple Secrets of Healthy
The South Florida psychologist and social
scientist sifted through more than 1,000 case studies to bring you the top 100
tips in terms you can understand. His helpful book is subtitled What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It
There are a lot of people out there
who are healthy in intention, but theyre not necessarily doing the most
sensible things they could be doing for themselves, says Niven, who
admits he became healthier while researching his latest work.
The single most important thing
certainly comes across in the studies that you can change your health. You can
affect your health whatever your status is. What youre eating, what
youre doing, how youre approaching your life affects your
"A lot of people look at health as
automatic -- youre short or tall, healthy or unhealthy and theres
nothing you can do about it.
But thats not the case, he says. You
can prevent disease by maintaining healthy habits including what you eat and
what you do. People often underestimate how much of an effect they can have on
their own health, Niven stresses. What most people don't realize is that small
changes can go a long way toward better health.
Lots of folks out there are under the
impression that unless theyre running a marathon or eating rice cakes
theres not much they can do for themselves," he tells eDiets. "I refer to
one study by the Centers for Disease Control that says just taking the stairs
instead of the elevator reduces your weight by an estimated 10 pounds in a
year. This kind of little act is not going to cause you to suffer but you might
Regardless of how healthy you are you can
still stand to benefit from Nivens 100 simple secrets. So, here are 10 to
get you started toward a healthier life:
Value the Multiple Uses of Aspirin!
The most common headache relief provider until it was displaced by ibuprofen
and acetaminophen, aspirin reduces your susceptibility to blood clots and has
been linked to a reduced risk for heart disease and Alzheimers disease.
Easy Does It With Vitamins! If
vitamins are helpful, then more vitamins must be even better for us, right? It
doesn't quite work that way. In some cases, the recommended dosage of a vitamin
is all our body can process. In others, taking more than the recommended dosage
is harmful. You should make sure your body gets the necessary vitamins and
minerals humans need, but resist the urge to devise your own supervitamin
Study Your Sports Drink! For
exercise lasting 45 minutes or less, there is no real advantage to drinking
anything other than water. For particularly rigorous exercise, a sports drink
might help you replenish yourself. You must study the labels, however, because
some sports drinks are closer to junk food than nutrition.
Eat Your Spinach! Foods rich in
folate, a form of vitamin B, help reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.
Eating two servings a day of foods like tomatoes, leafy green vegetables such
as spinach and Romaine lettuce, pinto, navy, or kidney beans and grain products
decreases the levels of an amino acid that contributes to the process
underlying heart disease and stroke.
High Heels Cause Knee Problems! High
heels create an unnatural walking challenge, which the body deals with by
putting more strain on the knees. The lower your heels the more prepared your
legs are to walk on them.
No TV During Dinner! In many
households there is a nightly dinner guest... the boob tube! When television
and eating go together, they encourage our overconsumption of both. Separate
your television from your eating time to encourage healthy habits with both.
Use the Stairs! Improving your
health may seem like it requires a complicated plan and an obsessive dedication
to the goal. In fact, improving your health can be as simple as changing a few
habits. For one, take the stairs every day instead of the escalator or
elevator. Tiny acts like that in the course of a day can have a huge effect
when performed over the long term.
Exercise For Your Mind! Regular
exercise, starting with something as easy as a daily walk, benefits not only
physical but also mental health. The functioning and efficiency of the brain
has been shown to improve with exercise.
Mold Is Everywhere... So Relax!
There are 100,000 different kinds of mold. You can find many of them in just
about any home. The vast majority of those mold types are harmless. Despite the
sometimes scary headlines, small amounts of mold in your home don't mean you
will wind up with a serious illness and don't mean you have anything to fear.
Sleep Well! Sleep is fuel for our
systems that we cannot do without. As is the case with food and water, we
cannot simply skimp for a day and make up for it the next. The body expects a
constant supply of sleep. It functions best when provided a full nights sleep
every 24 hours.
100 Simple Secrets of Healthy People: What Scientists Have
Learned and How You Can Use It