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October 31, 2007
By Susan Callahan, Health Editor and Featured Columnist








Let's face it. The state of our health in America is not
good. Two-thirds of us are overweight. A full 33% of us
are actually technically obese.  Rates of diabetes and
heart disease are increasing. To make matters worse,
diseases affecting the elderly, such as Alzheimer's, are
starting to affect Americans during their productive
years.

What can you do?  The good news is that you can do a
lot to help yourself. Most of the diseases which have
collectively lowered the life expectancies of Americans
are in fact, preventable.

We have pulled together the top recommendations of
health experts for turning your health around---
quickly--- and here they are:


1.        
Lose just 10 pounds of weight.  Often people
believe that, to obtain significant health benefits, you
have to lose a ton of weight. But nothing could be
further from the truth.  Losing just 10 pounds can
reduce the stress on your joints and your heart. Walking
exerts 5 pounds of pressure on your joints for every
extra pound you carry over your ideal weight. So, ease
those aching knees and lighten up your load, even a
little. Your knees and your heart will thank you. (Read
more about the recommended way to
lose weight the
right way.)

2.        
Reduce just one source of stress from your life.
Stress is as important a factor in elevating blood
pressure as weight gain and smoking.  Common sources
of stress which could be reduced or eliminated entirely
include running late for appointments, procrastination,
reading negative news just before bedtime, returning e-
mails just before bedtime.  Of course some sources of
stress –bad relationships –cannot be eliminated quite
this easily but, if a relationship is causing you excessive
aggravation, it can have a devastating impact on your
health. Get out.

3.        
Keep up contacts with friends. Studies
consistently show that emotional well-being is tied
directly to the number and quality of our social contacts.
Returning those phone calls and reciprocating those
lunch dates can indeed lengthen or greatly enhance the
quality of your life. How many contacts do you need
daily to make a difference. It depends. Some studies
show that as few as 5 distinct contacts can boost the
levels of serotonin (the feel good hormone) in your
body and decrease the risk of depression as we age.
(Read more about
the impact isolation has on your
health.)
























4.        
Monitor your blood pressure. Many doctors say
that, if they could have the ability to read only one
statistic about a person in order to know the most about
their overall health, that number would be their Blood
Pressure. Why? Blood travels thousands of miles of
pipes --vessels and capillaries---within the body, going
through narrower and narrower pipes until, at the end,
just before red blood cells pass from the blood into the
organs, the pipe openings through which the individual
red blood cells have to squeeze, are about as tiny as the
cells themselves.

If your blood vessels are too tight, the red blood cells
can get stuck in the hole before they make it through to
the organs.

As a result, the heart needs a huge gush of pressure to
PUSH the red blood cells through the tiny vessels.  The
tinier the last vessels,  the harder the heart has to push.
If your pipes are really tight, your heart has to really
HEAVE HO! Hence, your blood pressure ---the amount of
HEAVE HO—is high.

Think of it. All through your body, the pressure is sky
high, just to get the red blood cells to the organs like
your liver and kidneys, so they can do their jobs. Now,
which would you rather have --- a system of normal,
smooth functioning pipes with gentle pushes from the
heart from time to time. Or a full blown, 5 alarm HEAVE
HO system always set to the highest pressure gauge?
Get the picture. Turn down the pressure. Lose weight.
Exercise. Watch the processed, salty foods. (Learn
which
foods can lower your blood pressure.)

5.       
 Eat your veggies. Eat colorful veggies. They’re
the ones highest in nutrients. Go for the deep greens,
the reddest reds, the most brilliant yellows and oranges.

6.        
Go easy on the white foods. Almost all white
foods (exception, okay, for cauliflower) are high in
starch, which the body can’t tell from sugar, and low in
nutrients and fiber.  Fries, white bread, potato chips
should be treated like desserts.  It will help you stave off
diabetes.  (Read more about the surprising
connection
between sugar and a number of diseases.)

7.        
Keep a Journal.  Keeping a journal of what you
eat has been shown to increase your chances of weight
loss by 50%.

8.        
Do a Crossword Puzzle. Research has shown that
doing crossword puzzles help to stave off Alzheimer’s
disease. Go figure.


9.       
Take a Walk.  You don’t need to become a
marathoner to improve health. Walking just half an hour
three times a week can lower your blood sugar or help
to keep it stabilized.

10.        
Have more sex. Sex is not just a pleasure. It’s a
necessity for great health. Sex releases the "feel good"
hormone called serotonin, improves blood circulation
and even can condition the heart.  So save your heart by
sharing it.

Susan M. Callahan is a Featured Contributor to CollectiveWizdom.
com.  Susan has been recognized as an Expert Author by the web's
leading directories of authors and articles.


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